Heavy Artillery Coming To Santa Pod

FIA/FIM European Finals

Santa Pod Raceway

Thu.7 – Sun.10 September 2017

The largest entry of supercharged, nitro-burning Dragsters and Funny Cars for a decade promises a true assault on the senses at Santa Pod Raceway’s FIA European Finals. Nine Top Fuel Dragsters will contest the FIA Championship decider; five fuel Funny Cars will race in their own competition.Fourteen blown fuel cars: that’s a staggering sum total of 140,000 brake horsepower about to be unleashed on the specially primed strip of north Bedfordshire tarmac. And that’s not counting a pair of Nostalgia Funny Cars on exhibition duty during the weekend – a little less bite in output terms but with their own, distinctive bark.

Fourteen blown fuel cars: that’s a staggering sum total of 140,000 brake horsepower about to be unleashed on the specially primed strip of north Bedfordshire tarmac. And that’s not counting a pair of Nostalgia Funny Cars on exhibition duty during the weekend – a little less bite in output terms but with their own, distinctive bark.

No dynamometer exists that can harness and measure this kind of power. Estimates grew over the years as performance figures advanced into sub-4-second, 300mph territory. An investigation by Race Engine Technology magazine in 2015 at last established the 10,000 horsepower fable as proven fact. A contactless torque sensor developed from Formula One technology by an Austrian high-tech engineering firm and installed on a leading American dragster recorded a peak reading of 10,156 bhp. Indeed, a later run in better atmospheric conditions nudged the reading above 11,000

Yet such immense power is valueless if it cannot be applied to the track, and still so if the driver is off the pace. Times and speeds count in qualifying, but once Sunday’s elimination rounds begin at Santa Pod it will be the first to the finish line who takes the prize.

The fuel Funny Car field includes two local teams, Kevin Kent’s West Ten Mustang from Higham Ferrers and the Rushden-based Gladiator of Roy and Jason Phelps, driven by Norway’s Birgitte Bremnes.

The European Finals takes place from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September at Santa Pod Raceway, near Wellingborough (NN29 7XA). There is free access to the paddock for a close-up view of the international crews working on these remarkable machines. For full event information and to book tickets, please visit www.santapod.com or telephone 01234 782828. Tickets may be booked online and printed at home, with discounts available up to 1st September. As ever, KIDS GO FREE – under-16, three per paying adult.



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Dragging you back to the way we were – Dragstalgia 2017

Image:Gasoline MagazineIn recent years, Dragstalgia has become a truly International event and the 2017 event on the 14th-16th July is no exception. Whilst in 2016 the stars of the show were the fuel altered’s from the USA, this year’s line-up sees an influx of entries from a little closer to home; Scandinavia. The bulk of the guest entries are making the 1,000+ mile journey from Sweden but you’ll also find racers from Norway, France, Holland, Italy and beyond throughout the entry list.

One of the main classes to benefit from our overseas guests is the Slingshot Showdown; a heads up class for front engine dragsters capable of completing the ¼ mile in less than 8.50 seconds meaning high octane, exciting racing is guaranteed. In this, only the classes 2nd year of running at Dragstalgia, we have no less than 4 cars from Sweden and another from Norway coming to take the challenge to our home grown heroes. Joe Bond is likely to remain the favourite following his dominant victory at the 2016 event with a whole host of impressive 6 second passes but if he’s going to lift the trophy again, he’ll certainly have to work for it!

The other class with a significant injection of Swedish machinery is the Gasser Circus. The UK Gasser Circus are a highlight of Dragstalgia in their own right but a showdown with our Scandinavian guests really is a mouth-watering prospect. Sweden will be represented by “The Rattler” Bel Air, “Dogcatcher” Crown Victoria, “Super Nova” and the “Sharp Teeth” Barracuda to take on the likes of the “Mighty Mouse” Ford Pop, “Gold Rush” 41 Ford, “Honky Tonkin 1 & 2” the Bel Air & Nova and many more.


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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

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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.


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.

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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.

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