Female racing royalty to focus attention at Santa Pod’s “The Main Event”

Photo: Dave DJ Jones, Santa Pod

The Main Event

Santa Pod Raceway

Fri. 26 – Mon. 29 May 2017

Female drag racing royalty will be the focus of attention as the European season begins at Santa Pod Raceway’s The Main Event. Over 250 entries from 18 countries, including Kuwait and USA, will compete when the first round of FIA and FIM European Drag Racing Championships, for cars and motorcycles, takes place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

Finland’s 300mph queen of the Top Fuel Dragsters, Anita Mäkelä, opens her defence of the FIA European championship crown she claimed for the second time last year. Europe’s fastest-ever woman driver, Mäkelä will find a budding young Swiss princess among the international cast of opponents ranged against her

IOPD AND RAT TRAP RACING RENEW SUPPORT OF BDRHOF GALA AWARDS DINNER

The International Organisation of Professional Drivers (IOPD) will once again be supporting the 2017 British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) Annual Awards Dinner being held this year at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge on November 18th. And we are pleased to announce that Ron Hope of Rat Trap Racing has confirmed that he too is renewing his sponsorship of the event.

IOPD

The IOPD was formed in 1990 to regulate and support the driving experience sector of recreational motor sport in the UK. It was brought about by the MSA/RAC refusal to recognise and permit ‘Run What You Brung’ events and track driving activities thereby denying participants and organisers a route to legitimisation and parity with main stream motor sports.

The IOPD soon grew, facilitating events for some 70,000 to 100,000 participants each year – not only for driving experiences but for full competition and Drag Racing. The IOPD also permits many of the world’s international motor manufacturers driving experience programs and track days. A visit to their website www.iopd.org.uk will explain all.

US AUTOMOTIVE Backs British Drag Racing Awards Gala

Another regular British Drag Racing Hall of Fame (BDRHoF) supporter has announced that it will be sponsoring the 2017 BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner – this year being held at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, on November 18th. That company is American parts supplier US Automotive which has helped fund the Hall of Fame since it was established in 2006.

Bedford-based US Automotive currently stocks in excess of 20,000 product lines that cover the most popular applications from the classics of the 1950’s up to current models and are updated regularly to follow market trends. The company supplies parts from the most respected American manufacturers, including Crane Cams, Fel-Pro Gaskets, Clevite Engine Bearings, Sealed Power and TRW engine components, and provides full technical support not only for its product range but also for American vehicles in general.

ALLARD CHRYSLER DRAGSTER PROJECT HONOURS LUCAS OIL PRODUCTS UK

Latest news about the restoration of Europe’s first dragster – Sydney Allard’s 1961 Allard Chrysler owned by the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu – concerns the official hand over of the 390 page history of the project and its restoration to Museum Manager Doug Hill. The sponsorship by Lucas Oil has also been marked by decals affixed to the body panels – a special deviation from its period correct status.

The official history was handed over to Doug Hill on January 23rd by Allard Chrysler Action Group Chairman Brian Taylor. It includes the dragster’s full history; why Sydney Allard decided to build it in the first place and the story of its racing career. It then details the 9-year restoration by the Allard Chrysler Action Group (warts an’ all) along with all part numbers and documentation – including the engines original brass identification plate. All this will be placed in the library for use by researchers

The official history was handed over to Doug Hill on January 23rd by Allard Chrysler Action Group Chairman Brian Taylor. It includes the dragster’s full history; why Sydney Allard decided to build it in the first place and the story of its racing career. It then details the 9-year restoration by the Allard Chrysler Action Group (warts an’ all) along with all part numbers and documentation – including the engines original brass identification plate. All this will be placed in the library for use by researchers.

A recent addition to the restoration has been the application of period correct Castrol and Wynn’s logos in the engine bay on the firewall. These were original sponsors of Sydney Allard back in the mid-1960s and we have photos of these decals in place at that time. However it has been Lucas Oil Products UK that has provided all the lube requirements during the restoration so, after discussions between Brian and Doug, the National Motor Museum has agreed to honour this support by applying Lucas Oil decals to the body panels. This is not of course period correct and would not have been allowed back in the day, but it was felt that the company should be treated as a special case to reflect their support.

Contact Brian Taylor for more information brian@petrolhead.vianw.co.uk

Santa Pod Dial-In Day – Saturday 4th March 2017

Dial-In Day – Saturday 4th March 2017

The hugely successful Dial-In Day returns to Santa Pod Raceway for 2017 on Saturday 4th March, leaving plenty of time for attendees to prepare for the first round of the National Drag Racing Championships during Easter’s Festival Of Power weekend. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of hunting or being hunted on the drag strip and we’re inviting you to come along and give it a go. The concept of bracket racing (the entry level of drag racing) is simple. The slower car gets the green light first and a head start according to the difference in predicted finish times, meaning that unless both racers predict the same time, you’ll always get a cat-and-mouse scenario which is simple to have a go at, and near-impossible to master. Graduates from previous Dial-In Days have gone on to achieve great things in the National Championships in classes such as Sportsman ET, the VW Drag Racing Club and beyond. There have been multiple event wins, number one qualifiers, perfect ETs and reaction times and even a couple of championships won by those who started it all with a trip to the Dial-In Day.

 

The NFAA in 2017

News from Laurie Gatehouse

It is hoped that we can put on a bigger collection of cars than last year and enhance the sometimes unpredictable short wheelbase mutants.
Many of you will know that Havoc is presently in the USA, fulfilling a dream for Nick, Rob and Scott, by taking on the US Fuel Altereds on their home tracks. We wish them well – try not to break anything guys.

2017 will be a huge year for the Gleadows Motor Psycho. It will mark 50 years of the family campaigning cars on the track, starting with a Ford Flathead V8 powered Pop, initially called The Mangler, before being re-named as Motor Pyscho. This year will see another itch being scratched as they will campaign with a new mill in the form of a blown 417 Donovan Hemi, fueled by Nitromethane, ex-The Mob. The chassis has been updated to suit and a 2 speed Lenco via an L & T clutch will put the increased power to the slicks. This has been a lifetime ambition of the Team and we wish them God speed, but only one lane at a time, if you would be so good….

Dave Grabham and family will field Freddy’s Revenge in the hunt for new PB’s, sporting a new look to the front end of the chassis, whilst keeping the paint scheme in its customary design and colours.
We hope to persuade Paul Watson with the ex-Clayton Round Rebel T to join the melee so, much to look forward to, see you at the track.

Autosport Magazine 16/04/1970

Team Krypton

Some great images of Rod George and Dave Wilson of team Krypton on the forum.
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Jet Stream Blows through Santa Pod at Easter

The Festival Of Power – Santa Pod Raceway – Fri. 14 – Sun. 16 April 2017

Easter in mid-April can often turn out warm and sunny, but Easter 2017 promises to be a scorcher when Santa Pod Raceway unleashes its fire-breathing extravaganza, the Jet Car Shootout. The largest contingent of jet-powered vehicles ever assembled in Britain will headline Santa Pod’s season-opening Festival Of Power, blasting forth their unique brand of flame, smoke and thunder.

Technically, Jets are classified as exhibition vehicles rather than racing machines, but don’t try telling the drivers. Local hero Martin Hill presents no fewer than three entries from his FireForce stable, two Jet Funny Cars (FireForce 3 and 4) and his five-second FireForce 5 Jet Dragster, taking on the Split Second Jet Dragster of Julian Webb. Lee Dennick pilots the Reign Of Fire mini-Jet Funny Car – small in stature, perhaps, but packing a punch far above its weight. Jetting in from Germany, Gerd Habermann brings not only his familiar Dragon Hunter Funny Car but raises the insanity level to new heights with his outrageous jet School Bus, the first British outing for this flame-throwing yellow peril