Team Havoc win the 2017 California Hot Rod Reunion.

I thought I would write a report of what turned out to be a great weekend for British drag racing.
It wasn’t just special because it’s was about the most exciting drag racing class for me, but also all of my favourite fuel altereds including our very own ‘Havoc’ entry were doing battle at the best drag race meeting on the planet.

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Image:Andrew Green

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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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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.

 

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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

 

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