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.”
Rat Trap Racing Sponsors 2017 U.S. Tour of famed AA/Fuel Altered “HavocFranklin, TN
Ron Hope, owner/driver of the historic and popular Rat Trap AA/Fuel Altered, has announced that Rat Trap Racing will sponsor the 2017 U.S. Tour of the British AA/Fuel Altered Havoc, owned by Nick Davies.
“We raced Havoc several times in England during our recent 50th Anniversary World Tour,” said Hope. “We got to know driver Davies, his partner Loaring, and their team very well during Dragstalgia and the Euro Finals at Santa Pod, England. What we learned was, they don’t really have anybody to race. We’re taking care of that by bringing them to the U.S. and inviting them to come race out of our shop in Franklin, Tennessee.”
Four other sponsors have also stepped up to help make the tour happen: Geoff Stilwell of Beech Underwriting Agencies, Lucas Oil, Stuart Bassett of USAutomotive and Lawrie Gatehouse of the U.K.’s Nostalgia Fuel Altered Association.
Havoc and Rat Trap will both be displayed at this year’s British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Gala at the Sheraton Skyline, Heathrow, England, on November 19, after which the cars will be shipped to Tennessee where they will be prepared for the 2017 season.
To date, Havoc has been scheduled for three races, and more are anticipated:
• March Meet, Auto Club Famoso Raceway, McFarland, CA
• 15th Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion, Bowling Green, KY
• 26th California Hot Rod Reunion, Auto Club Famoso Raceway, McFarland, CA
“This is a terrific opportunity to race against our heroes,” said Davies. We’ve attended the CHRR several times, but to be able to race at that historic track, as well as Beech Bend, is a drag racer’s’ dream come true. We’re extremely grateful to Ron, his son Brian, and all the sponsors for making this happen.”