Pro Stock Gathering at Dragstalgia


UNIQUE 1970S PRO STOCK TEAM GATHERING AT DRAGSTALGIA

In the early 1970’s a handful of American Super Stock & Pro Stock cars were imported into the UK. Gary Goggin was already trouncing the opposition with his blue Corvette in Top Street but in 1972 Tony Dickson debuted his new car, a genuine U.S. built Super Stock 1967 Camaro, ‘Money Hungry’, which had rolled off the boat just a few days earlier. 1973 at the BDRHRA‘s April season opener at SPR saw the first ever Pro Stock Eliminator in the UK – in truth a mix of Pro Stock and Super Stock cars with some European hi-brids at first like Tender Trap and the Music Machine. The class lasted until the end of 1976 when small fields and high costs forced it to be merged with the Super Street class under the new banner of Top Modified.

Why are we telling you this? Well, if you are visiting Dragstalgia on July 15th this year then don’t forget your autograph book or copy of Crazy Horses. The reason, the British Drag Racing Hall Of Fame has managed to locate a majority of these early pioneers of Pro Stock racing who will be in attendance for the Sunday only at Santa Pod Raceway. The list so far is;

Gary Goggin, Kevin Pilling, Colin Mullan, John Dickson, Sam Connell, Peter Bennett, Peter Crane and Barry George This list keeps growing and who knows who will be turning up on the day. It will be the first time some of these pioneers have met up since the 1970s. If you know where other European Pro Stock drivers or team members are these days then contact Stu Bradbury of the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame britishDRHOF@aol.com. If you know where some of the cars are even more so. And what about Gunne Back? Does anyone know where he is these days?

Don’t miss out, it could be your only chance to meet these stars of the past and collect their autograph or have a chin wag.

For more info and pictures follow the thread on the forum here

Off to the Picnic

I’m leaving soon for this years Gary’s Picnic/Yanks weekend and I can’t wait.
With the promise of sun sun sun it should be a great event so if you’re not doing anything and fancy a great day out in the sun watching some great racing take a trip down to Shakespeare County Raceway this weekend.
I will be posting a selection of pictures on Saturday night that you can view by visting the forum here

See you there :-)

Gasser Circus Yanks Update


The Gasser Circus has a great line up of cars for this weekends Yanks at Shakey including Ray Turner’s classic Green Onions Chevy, Nick’s Nogbad The Bad Austin, Kenny’s Chevy Roarin Rat, Identity Crisis, the Crowd Pleaser, Honky Tonkin II, Alchemist, Old harper, Whiplash, Horrid Henry, Flafas Revenge, Checkered Demon, Aint Misbehavin and the return of the Boston Brawler ’33 Willys Coupe. There a few new cars in that line up with even more to show come the Nostalgia Nationals.
To stay up to date on the event follow the thread on the forum here

Supercharged Outlaws Yanks Update 2


Supercharged Outlaw racer Dave ‘Fuzzie’ McKenzie has sent us the following preview to the weekend’s action at Shakey.

It’s has been a long winter but now it’s that time of the year when the Supercharged Outlaws will be coming out to entertain you! The first round traditionally has a low turnout but this year the series has a bumper entry of 12 cars.

Last year’s series winner Paul Watts will be back out to defend his number one plate and has been working hard all winter on his new 7/8th scale 57 Chevy. However the burning question like the test weekend is which car is Paul bringing to Yanks; the Chevy Stepside truck or the new Chevy! You’ll have to be at Yanks to find out.

So who’s in the frame to try and stop Paul from taking the number 1 plate and a hat trick of wins? Let’s take a look at the challengers. Number one contender must be the ever consistent slingshot of Vic Hammond driven by Sam Freeman. The Speed Demon ran a PB at the Test & Tune in April so that must surely be a sign that the dynamic duo mean business this year! And what about the other father & son team of Alec & Coe! The Mad R’s team ran the car into the sevens consistently and could be worth a bet.

What about the unknowns. This weekend we have to give a warm welcome to Roger Cooper & his son Simon who has joined the Outlaws for 2012. Simon will be driving an imported big block Chevy Nova which might just be the dark horse this year.

Richard Davis with the immaculate Willys Coupe is so consistent and could win this year. Richard narrowly missed out a couple of seasons ago by being on holiday and missing a round.

And let’s not forget the altereds as well. Lee Gallimore has a fresh motor in the Red Mist Model T and after a mad thrash last week Lee managed to run the motor up at Mallory Park as well as a burnout on the back straight. Lee went from Mallory very happy. Talking of Mallory the altered of Dave McKenzie and Mark Windridge were in attendance as well with Dave putting down a storming burnout and for a change went arrow straight! The team now hopes that they have cured the small block powered altered handling problems.

Will this be Steve Goode’s year? Steve has had a lot of bad luck since importing the Ghost Train body for his Funny Car. But no doubt Steve will be a strong contender this year as we eagerly a wait to see the car in the six second zone. Another Funny Car which encountered a lot of problems last year was Trace Froome’s Ultra Racing Daytona. Trace should have the car sorted soon with help from Mark Windridge following some tuning tips given at the recent Long Marston Model Air Show which should see the car perform at Yanks.

Another crowd pleaser will be Andy Hadfield with the Twister. Andy never knows went to lift but is eager to see the car into the sevens hopefully this weekend. Ian Hanson has entered but at the time of writing he’s not sure which car he will be driving. Ian has the Stars and Stripes Corvette programmed to appear at the Main Event, but also has a small block Chevy altered! We’ll have to wait and see which car rolls up in the pits.

The final entry is Clive Bush. Clive has been working hard on the altered for a couple of years now and although the car’s been at the track he’s been unable to make a pass due to many problems. So fingers crossed for Clive this weekend.

So if you like your Supercharged dragsters then get down to Shakespeare County Raceway this weekend as the entertainment is sure to be wild with there big long smoky burnouts and storming guard rail to guard rail passes. Drop in at the Supercharged Outlaw pits and have a chat. We are the friendliest group of racers around.
Oh and by the way we’ve had a word upstairs and he’s promised us SUNSHINE!!

This year the Outlaw class is again sponsored by Jim Maher of Good Vibrations, California along with Stamford Speed Shop, LA Commercials, Motorshack, Escape Design, Mad R’s Drag Racing and Academy Glass.

You can stay up to date with the Yanks weekend thread on the forum here

New look Website

Welcome to the new look ukdrn.co.uk homepage.

For the website to grow and stay current I’ve decided to try a “blog” type homepage.It may take a while to find your way around if you’re not used to these types of websites but I’m sure you will soon get the hang of it.

All the usual links with website features like “forum” and photo’s” run along the top and bottom of the page but the main new advantage of this page is to have current news items about the website, hot forum topics and news about current nostalgia meetings.

The main new feature of this page is that you can now click on the news items for the full feature, picture or link; these are listed on the left hand side of the page under “recent posts”

All posts are placed in categories and these are also listed on the left hand side of the page.

Hopefully as well as other benefits the news blogs should help to point people to some hot forum topics that they may have missed between visits.

I hope this new homepage will be beneficial to the promotion of current drag race meetings and also add to the growth of ukdrn.co.uk.

Thanks for your time.

Jon