Rat Trap Racing Continues 50th Anniversary Celebration
Franklin, TN — The 50th Anniversary World Tour of the legendary AA/Fuel Altered Rat Trap was such a success; more dates around the world have been added for 2017, with additional appearances now scheduled for New Zealand and England.
“We had a fantastic time racing at Saskatoon, Canada, at Santa Pod in England and Hockenheim, Germany,” said team owner/driver Ron Hope. “However, I’m excited to be going back to New Zealand where we always receive a warm welcome. Fan reaction has been so strong that we’re also planning on returning to England for the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2017. And, of course, we’ve booked a full schedule of races in the U.S. too.”
The 2016 Tour wraps up with a prestigious display of the Rat Trap race car at the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala, November 19, 2016, at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at London’s Heathrow Airport, England.
Rat Trap events currently scheduled for New Zealand and England in 2017 include:
Feb. 4-5: Leadfoot Festival Hahei, New Zealand
March 22-26: Beach Hop, Whangamata, New Zealand
April 2: Nostalgia Drags, Meremere Dragway, New Zealand
June 22-25: Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood, England
“This is a terrific opportunity to continue celebrating the history of Rat Trap Racing, and to give even more fans a chance to experience the excitement of a bad-to-the bone fuel-altered,” added Hope. “Racing in front of the fans is what drives us to continue, and we’re grateful to all our sponsors for helping make this tour possible.”
About Rat Trap:
There have been a series of record-setting Rat Trap AA/Fuel Altereds over the last half century. The first was constructed circa 1965. However, today’s Rat Trap is a continuation of the car developed by chassis builder Dennis Watson in 1968. Unlike the early cars that were conventional in design, Watson’s car was revolutionary with independent front suspension, a nitro-burning Chrysler Hemi, and a distinctly wild paint scheme. Rat Trap was one of the four cars that participated in the celebrated Fuel Altered Tours of 1970, ’71 and ’72. Running on 90 percent nitro, Hope’s best performance to date is a 6.35 E.T., and a speed of 231 mph.
About Rat Trap Racing
Rat Trap Racing, Franklin, TN., is an internationally renowned racing team competing in both land speed and drag racing. Headed by Ron Hope and his son Brian, the team is a family affair that sees Ron’s wife, Dianne, daughter-in-law Rebecca, and granddaughter Victoria all taking turns piloting the racecars. In addition, crew chief Brian can often be found behind the wheel of Rich Guasco’s “Pure Hell” Altered.
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