In 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.
The 1,000 mile journey from Sweden is dwarfed by the journey that Wild Bunch entrant Valdo Westphal has planned with his altered. Valdo is making the trip to Santa Pod from Noumea in New Caledonia which is a French island off the coast of Australia – a 10,000 mile trip! That’s commitment for you!
The Dragstalgia Cannonball is another class that’s shaping up nicely with new cars emerging this year. Defending Champion Ramon Van Der Weurf will be returning in his awesome Wild’r at Heart Dodge Charger but to retain the title, he will have to fend off the 2015 champion Tim Garlick in his 5 second Firebird. Tony Betts in the “Venom” Camaro is a new contender and he’s already been showing promise after just a few events this year. There are a number of other methanol and nitro burning altered’s and funny cars on the entry list too so this years title really is anyone’s game – we can’t wait to see how this one plays out!
The weekend wouldn’t be complete without a mixture of automotive highlights from classes such as the iconic Willys Wars, American Muscle of Nostalgia Superstock, Crazy Outlaw Anglia’s, NSA Historic Bike Shootout, Supercharged Outlaws, Outlaw Flat Fours and new for 2017 Nostalgia Pro Stock Bike! As usual, the highlights run throughout the Dragstalgia Invitational too where anything goes. You’ll be treated to a whiff of nitro during these sessions too. Clive Mecheall will be bringing the California Kid for its annual outing and we’re pleased to have Robin Read in the legendary Daimler Dragster making some passes too.
There’s plenty to take in away from the track too with Ken Fox’s legendary Wall of Death, the Autoglym Show & Shine competition presented by the NSRA, Static Displays, a beer festival and loads more!
So mark your diaries for one of the most action packed, historic weekends on the calendar; Dragstalgia on the 14th-16th July 2017. Discounted advance tickets are available until 5pm Friday 7th July meaning you can grab a weekend pass for just £35 plus fees to include 3 days of racing, show cars and entertainment plus 2 nights of camping with live music*!
See www.dragstalgia.co.uk for the full line-up, entry list and to book.