Street Weekend 2024 category winners and pictures.
17th June 2024

Congratulations to the category winners for the Street Weekend:

  • Overall Winner - Rob Carter
  • Turbosmart Quickest Turbo - Rob Carter
  • Straight to the Point Fastest H Pattern - Scott Linacre
  • Darkside Developments Quickest Diesel - Matt Henty
  • NSCC Spirit of Street Weekend - Alex Darcy
  • Serck Motorsport Coolest Award - Matthew Southcott

The Street Weekend 2024 Unusal Car Sales UK Hard Luck Award goes to Phillip Evans  who unfortunately lost his gorgeous pick up in the horrendous weather conditions beteeen Melbourne and Santa Pod.  Phil please get in touch with Callum Pudge to receive your award

Street Weekend category results, thanks to Max Frost from Santa Pod Raceway, can be seen at this link.

Over the coming days we will aim to post some racer reports from the Street Weekend 2024 event, in the meantime you can visit our events page by clicking this link where you can find pictures, results and reporting.

Eurodragster.com would like to congratulate everyone who took part, organised to make the event run smoothly at both venues, Santa Pod Raceway and Melbourne Raceway.

Please join us in thanking Graham Watkinson, Julian Hunt and former editor Andy (Tog) Rogers for their hard work in mixed conditions over the race weekend providing their amazing reporting and pictures.

We look forward to receiving racers reports from the weekend, please email us at [email protected].

Max Frost on Street Weekend.
17th June 2024

Santa Pod Raceway's Event Coordinator Max Frost announced on his Facebook page about the Street Weekend 2024, Max writes:

What a weekend it had everything, and the stories are going to be insane. For us, following Owen Forrest down country roads, lighting his way into Melbourne, to him getting lost down a dead end, watching him reverse his little trailer and then watching it bounce its way through Derby – Quite impressive and hilarious.

The storm at Great Northern Classics was biblical and hearing the stories from the likes of Tom Atkinson afterwards with the struggles on the road makes you appreciate that this is not easy!

Great to see Colin Theobald out on the road in his Camaro, continuing to raise money for the BDRHoF Benevolent fund in these circumstances, amazing. Colin, we have all been with you my friend, every single mile of the journey.

To be sat at the Humber Bridge toll listening to Rob Carter's VW behind you Callum Pudge and I were genuinely giddy, and then ruined the moment with laughter with the flappy doors. Sorry Rob!

There are so many more stories, I cannot even begin to think of what more to put.  To see everyone out on the road, Callum and I were blessed. The pure luck needed to capture just one rolling shot and we got LOTS. I think you will agree, Callum’s road shots are some of the best drag & drive photos in the world. There is just something about chasing down race cars, holding up traffic to get the shot. Just another incredible experience. 

It has been a headache to organise sometimes, but do you know what, it is the best event we do – Sorry Doorslammers. Watching the entire community come together is something to behold. Racers changing their entire travel plans to swap direction and make haste to someone in need. I genuinely do not think you would get this in any other sport.

So, to every single competitor, their support crews, the track crews and staff at both Santa Pod Raceway and Melbourne Raceway, the checkpoints, the staff at those checkpoints – All of you. Thank you. Once again, you have reignited my passion and once again I can wholeheartedly say, I love my job

Straightliners - Melbourne Round 4 gallery.
17th June 2024

Former Editor Andy (Tog) Rogers has made his third trip to Melbourne Raceway in 2024 and has posted galleries and best times from both days of the Straightliners round from the weekend, including Street Weekend on Saturday.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Melbourne Raceway results and gallery by clicking here or by clicking on the Events link in the main menu above. We will publish race results from Melbourne in tomorrow's update.

SpeedEvents Internationals at Tierp Arena - Drag Racing Europe race reports and pictures.
17th June 2024

Thanks for Remco Scheelings from Drag Racing Europe for sending in these articles from Tierp Arena of the FIA and FIM-E race reports.

FIA Speedevents Internationals finals

Antti Horto, Tony Bryntesson, Andreas Arthursson and Jimmy Ålund winners at SpeedEvents Internationals

Antti Horto raced to victory by defeating Duncan Micallef in the Top Fuel final for the SpeedEvents Internationals at Tierp Arena, round two of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. In Top Methanol Tony Bryntesson won a quick and close final over Jonny Lagg, while Andreas Arthursson and Jimmy Ålund claimed the win in Pro Modified and Pro Stock. With three winners from Sweden, the race was very successful for the organizing Scandinavian country.

You can read the full article by visiting this link.

FIM-E Speedevents Internationals finals

Gustafsson, Christiansen and Maurice take their second, Bohlin secures his first season win

Sunday saw a superb conclusion to the second round of the FIM-E Drag Bike championship season with barely a hitch through the day and some excellent performances providing some of the highlights.

You can read the full article by visiting this link.

Thank you for Patrik Jacobsson eurodragster.com guest photographer for covering this weekend at the FIA/FIM-E SpeedEvents Internationals at Tierp Arena, Sweden. you can see the pictures on our events page by clicking here.

24th European Dragster - Clastres Dragway, France.
17th June 2024

Clastres Dragway, France is holding the 24th European Dragster event, which takes place this weekend 22nd-23rd June. It see's UK racers Lee Huxley of Huxley Motorsport and Gane Billy compete in the Super Pro ET, Mercer Ronnie in the Pro ET.

120 racers expected to attend this weekend in the following classes, you can view the updated entry list by clicking here.

  • Speed-Flex Junior Dragster
  • Mtech Street Run
  • Nitro Mag Pro ET
  • Speed-Flex Super Pro ET
  • Dulamon Auto Electric Sportsman ET

Follow this Facebook link for information.

The event is in part of the Association Trophee Dragster

Swift snippets.
17th June 2024

Happy Birthday for today to Wild Bunch Rover engined dragster racer Faye Hern, Supercharged Outlaw crew chief Martyn Hannis and from Finland Top Fuel racer Timo Lehtimäki. Have a great day all.

Photographer Ashley Booth-Dale has sent a link to his photos from Street Weekend, taken at Melbourne Raceway, which you can see at this link on his Facebook page.

Street Weekend Coverage - day three.
16th June 2024

Street Weekend 2024 day three here at Santa Pod Raceway will see the teams making their runs down the 1/4 mile track.

Graham Watkinson will be covering Live Reporting, you can follow the reports here at this link. Eurodragster's Julin Hunt will be covering all the action today at Santa Pod Raceway. Supported by John Woolfe Racing supporting racers since 1967. 

Again we would like as many pictures and videos, if you are on the journey please send eurodragster.com your pictures and videos to [email protected] or by sending via messenger on our Eurodragster.com Facebook.

Street Weekend Day Two pictures.
16th June 2024

Street Weekend day two at Melbourne Raceway the teams complete their runs down the 1/8 mile track before the rain camened to rain, the teams set off for the journey back to Santa Pod Raceway stopping at the checkpoints on the way.

Well Done to Michael Castle and Spottedmotors for completing the quickest run of the day with 5.85 seconds in the Cortina.

Eurodragster's former editor Andy (Tog) Rogers covered the second day at Santa Pod Raceway on and off the track. You can see all today's pictures from Melbourne Raceway by clicking here or clicking on events at the top menu.  You can also see the timing's from day two by clicking here. supported by John Woolfe Racing.

Please remember the pictures are ©Eurodragster.com and we ask you to follow our policy that the watermarked photos from our galleries can be downloaded and may be used in social media posts but please do not crop or modify them, in particular we need the watermark retained. To purchase originals please E-Mail [email protected].

To follow our coverage, go to our event index by clicking here

FIA/FIM-E SpeedEvents Internationals pictures - day two.
16th June 2024

Thank you for Patrik Jacobsson eurodragster.com guest photographer for covering this weekend at the FIA/FIM-E SpeedEvents Internationals at Tierp Arena, Sweden. you can see the pictures on our events page by clicking here.

You can follow the pictures, results and running orders by our event coverage at this link. For another preview by photojournalist Remco Scheelings, click here or go to www.dragracingeurope.eu.

SpeedEvents Internationals at Tierp Arena - Day two.
16th June 2024

Thanks for Remco Scheelings from Drag Racing Europe for sending in this article from Tierp Arena of the FIA and FIM-E update on day two of qualifying.

Duncan Micallef, Sandro Bellio, David Vegter and Jimmy Ålund number one qualifiers at Tierp Arena

At the first day of qualifying for the SpeedEvents Internationals four drivers from Sweden took the lead in the four categories of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship. As expected there were numerous improvements on day two with dramatic changes in the qualifying order as a result. In Top Fuel Duncan Micallef, from Malta, stormed into the number one qualifying position, Sandro Bellio, from Belgium, took over the lead in Top Methanol and Dutchman David Vegter stormed into the lead in Pro Modified. Jimmy Ålund (Pro Stock) was the only driver who was able to remain in the number one position and the only number one qualifier from Sweden. Thus Micallef, Bellio, Vegter and Ålund will lead their respective categories into Sunday’s eliminations at round two of the 2024 FIA European Drag Racing Championship at Tierp Arena.

You can read the full article by visiting this link.

Gustafsson, Christiansen and Lencses but Maurice makes a move on Day Two

 

FIM-E Dragbike Championship, Round Two, SpeedEvents Internationals, Tierp Arena, Sweden

Qualifying quickened up for many on the second day for the pro classes at the Speedevents Internationals at Tierp Arena. Three sessions for the bikes shuffled the packs in the four classes, but a leading trio from yesterday held onto their top spots.

You can read the full article by visiting this link.

Swift snippets.
16th June 2024

Happy Birthday for today to Top Fuel racer Jndia Erbacher, to Fuel Altered legend Ron Hope, German Comp Eliminator racer Bernd Rudolph former commentator Steve Young and Mk1 Zephyr racer Steve Matthews. We hope you all have a great day.

Happy 40th Birthday to Wild Bunch and Junior Dragster crew chief Steve Cassisi from all at Limited Funz Racing would like to wish Steve, Marra Chief aka 'Sideways Steve' a Marratastic 40th birthday.

Hope you have a fabulous day celebrating in 'sunny' Wales with the whole Marra gang.

We all here at Eurodragster.com were sad to hear that Ethan Lisle also lost his dad Paul last week. our deepest condolences and thoughts are with him and the Lisle family at this sad time.

Paul was a huge American Car and Drag Racing fan and ex driver before Ethan took the the wheels of the ex Jon Webster comet that Paul bought many years ago from Jon, and also the famous 'Roadrunner'

Street Weekend Coverage - day two.
15th June 2024

Street Weekend 2024 day two here at Melbourne Raceway will see the teams making their runs down the 1/8 mile track before making the way back to Santa Pod Raceway passing through two more checkpoints on the way.

Eurodragster's own Kirstie Tramm is part of the event and will be sending in pictures from her journey over the three days.  Former editor Andy Tog Rogers will be at Melbourne Raceway covering all the weekend action for the Street Weekend and the Straightliners Round 4. supported by John Woolfe Racing supporting racers since 1967. 

Again we would like as many pictures and videos, if you are on the journey please send eurodragster.com your pictures and videos to [email protected] or by sending via messenger on our Eurodragster.com Facebook.

Street Weekend Day One pictures.
15th June 2024

Street Weekend day one at Santa Pod Raceway with many cars getting their first run of the event before the weather turned to rain, unfortunately the day was rained off and the teams packed up for the journey to Melbourne stopping at the checkpoints. 

Eurodragster's Julian Hunt covered the first day at Santa Pod Raceway catching arrivals outside the main entrance and on the track. You can see all today's pictures from Santa Pod Raceway by clicking here or clicking on events at the top menu. supported by John Woolfe Racing.

Please remember the pictures are ©Eurodragster.com and we ask you to follow our policy that the watermarked photos from our galleries can be downloaded and may be used in social media posts but please do not crop or modify them, in particular we need the watermark retained. To purchase originals please E-Mail [email protected].

To follow our coverage, go to our event index by clicking here

SpeedEvents Internationals at Tierp Arena - Day one.
15th June 2024

Thanks for Remco Scheelings from Drag Racing Europe for sending in this article from Tierp Arena of the FIA and FIM-E update on day one of qualifying.

Swedish drivers on top after day one of qualifying for the SpeedEvents Internationals at Tierp Arena

Susanne Callin is in the provisional number one qualifying position in Top Fuel at the first day of qualifying for the SpeedEvents Internationals, round two of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship at Tierp Arena in Sweden. In Top Methanol Tony Bryntesson is the provisional leader, while in Pro Modified and Pro Stock Andreas Arthursson and Jimmy Ålund claimed the provisional number one qualifying position after two runs. With four drivers from Sweden leading their respective categories, the home crowd has plenty to cheer for on day two.

You can read the full article by visiting this link.

Gustafsson, Christiansen, Lencses and Lymant lead after Day One

FIM-E Dragbike Championship, Round Two, SpeedEvents Internationals, Tierp Arena, Sweden

The opening day of pro qualifying at the Speedevents Internationals at Tierp Arena was a bit of a tentative affair, cool conditions and the occasional (unscheduled) rain shower drew the day out a bit, but two sessions were completed with some familiar faces on top of the sheets but with contrasting fortunes.

You can read the full article by visiting this link.

FIA/FIM-E SpeedEvents Internationals pictures - day one.
15th June 2024

Thank you for Patrik Jacobsson eurodragster.com guest photographer for covering this weekend at the FIA/FIM-E SpeedEvents Internationals at Tierp Arena, Sweden. you can see the pictures on our events page by clicking here.

You can follow the pictures, results and running orders by our event coverage at this link. For another preview by photojournalist Remco Scheelings, click here or go to www.dragracingeurope.eu.

JT crew birthday greeting.
15th June 2024

Eurodragster.com sponsor John Tebenham says "A belated Happy Birthday to my right hand man Mr Greed (aka Gary Reed). The rest of his teeth are in the lorry...Joking aside, I couldn't do it without him...or his teeth...Hockenheim next".

Swift snippets.
15th June 2024

We all here at Eurodragster.com were sad to hear that Santa Pod Raceway's commentator and British Hall of Fame Gala MC Colin Theobald lost his father yesterday. our deepest condolences and thoughts are with him and his family at this sad time.

Street Weekend 2024.
14th June 2024

Street Weekend 2024 has started today with nearly 200 cars running at Santa Pod Raceway before making their way to Melbourne Raceway passing through two checkpoints on the way. You can see our previous post from the 12th June on all the checkpoint details or by visiting Santa Pod Raceway website by clicking here.

Eurodragster's own Julian Hunt will be covering the pictures at Santa Pod Raceway today and Sunday, Kirstie Tramm will be taking some pictures over the three days, we would like to thank you Kirstie for offering. Former Eurodragster.com editor Andy (Tog) Rogers will be covering all the action at Melbourne Raceway and will upload the pictures to our events page. supported by John Woolfe Racing.

We would like as many pictures and videos, if you are on the journey please send eurodragster.com your pictures and videos to this link or by sending via messenger on our Eurodragsterholics Facebook by clicking here.

Stream from FIA/FIM-E SpeedEvents Internationals this weekend.
14th June 2024

This weekend's FIA/FIM-E race at Tierp Arena will be streamed Saturday and Sunday, follow our coverage page by clicking here. supported by John Woolfe Racing.

Round two in the FIA European Drag Racing Championship at Tierp Arena will be broadcast live from the Swedish Automobile Sport Federation web page which you can reach by clicking here for only SEK 149 /month (roughly €13.22/£11.15).

The broadcast from FIA/FIM-E SpeedEvents Internationals start Saturday and Sunday 08:00 local time.

With a Svensk Bilsport-subscription you get access to all broadcasts all year round for only SEK 149 /month (roughly €13.22/£11.15). The sum is deducted monthly for as long as you want to watch. The binding period is one month at a time.

Live-streaming from The European Dragracing Championships - Speedevents Internationals - at Tierp Arena will be available on the following channels beginning tomorrow, Saturday, from 9.00 am.
Speedevents

You can see the running orders for this weekend at our event coverage page by following this link, we will have pictures from today and over the weekend from Patrik Jacobsson and Remco Scheelings.

Santa Pod Racers Club update points.
14th June 2024

Many thanks to sponsor Peter Walters and points co-ordinator Yvonne Tramm for updating the points for the classes at the STP Sportsman Nationals, which you can see on our points page by clicking here or on the Santa Pod Racers Club website.

Swift snippets.
14th June 2024

Happy Birthday for today to former VP Racing Fuels UK & European Business Development Manager Tom Davis and to FWD drag racer Kiel Priestman, have a great day!

BDRHoF's 2024 Grand Dragstalgia Auction.
13th June 2024

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its fourth annual Dragstalgia Grand Auction taking place inside the event’s Historic Marquee, situated pitside near the grandstand. The auction features a wealth of artefacts and artworks generously donated to help in the raising of essential funds for the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame and its Benevolent Fund.

An array of items from the USA has been collected by Tony Thacker. Major donations from the home front include a Paul Whitehouse Art painting of Commuter and, from Jon Benn, a 125cm x 47cm poster of Commuter which has never been displayed. From the USA, there’s a copy of Carl Olson’s book Racing Through Life, autographed by the man himself. Donations from Mooneyes include a special MOON "Far-Out" table lamp and T-shirt. There are multiple donations from the estate of the late BDRHoF Member, Roger Gorringe.

These are just some of the highlighted items but there are many others, including a host of books, posters, T-shirts, limited-edition and signed prints – too many items to list individually. And there will be plenty more on general sale too.

During the lead-up time to Dragstalgia we shall be highlighting all this year’s auction items here on Eurodragster as well as on the BDRHoF Facebook page and website.

How to Bid: The auction takes place on Friday afternoon and all day on Saturday, closing promptly at 5pm. Visit the Historic Marquee to have a look at what’s on offer. If you see an item of interest, ask for the bid sheet relating to the numbered item to place your bid. Keep coming back throughout the auction period to check if anyone has outbid you. You can re-bid as many times as you like until the auction closes at 5pm on Saturday. Winning bidders will be notified by text after 5pm on Saturday and items can be paid for and collected by 6pm Saturday or until 4pm on Sunday. We can accept card payments.

The Hall of Fame will be pleased to welcome you to its display in the Historic Marquee from 2pm until 5pm on Friday and from 10am on Saturday and Sunday. The Dragstalgia Grand Auction takes place with the kind permission of Santa Pod Raceway. The Hall of Fame is indebted to all those who have so kindly donated items.

Michel Tooren’s new Pro Mod.
13th June 2024

Thanks for Remco Scheelings for sending this announcement of Michel Tooren’s new Camaro Pro Mod at Tierp this weekend for the FIA/FIM-E SpeedEvents Internationals Round 2 of the championship.

Swift snippets.
13th June 2024

Happy Birthday for today to photographer Rose Hughes and Outlaw Street racer Steve Unsworth, we hope you both have a great day.

Street Weekend preview.
12th June 2024

After it's debut year in 2023 “Street Weekend” is back for 2024 to find out who’s really king of the street. In a nod to the coveted Hot Rod Drag Week in the USA, we’re looking at a similar format where drivers need to set and submit a time at Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire before Driving around 200 miles to Melbourne Raceway in York to set a time on day 2 and then returning again and setting a time on the 3rd day.

Track conditions will be different on each day, starting on a freshly prepped track at Santa Pod on day 1, an unprepped 1/8-mile challenge at Melbourne on day 2 and finally back at Santa Pod on day 3 after the track's had a full day of rwyb.

In summary, we’re looking at around 400 miles on the road across 3 days whilst also recording a time on track on each one of the days. We all know that Street Eliminator cars are probably the quickest street legal cars on track in the UK right now, but can they really handle that many road miles? This is the competition to find out!

The winner will be determined by the lowest Total ET across the 3 days. For example, a 10 second ET on day 1, 6 second ET on day 2 and 9 second ET on day 3 gives a total time of 25 seconds. Failure to make a pass on any given day will result in a penalty time of 30 seconds at Santa Pod Raceway and 15 seconds at Melbourne Raceway. Failure to complete the route and sign on at the track on any of the 3 days will result in disqualification.

Checkpoints have been appointed along the way which you must visit to complete the allocated route. 

Racers can access the instructions and directions as mentioned on Santa Pod Raceway website by clicking here.

You can check the entry list for the Street Weekend by clicking here.

Checkpoint One:

Street Weekend is heading to Skegness Pier. That’s right – actual Skegness Pier! Skegness Pier is one of the largest Entertainment Centres on the East Coast of Lincolnshire. Skegness Pier is home to a variety of exciting activities such as 10 Pin Bowling, Captain Kid’s soft play, Clip N Climb, entertainment and of course spectacular sea views from the Pier deck.

www.skegnesspier.co.uk

Must Visit Friday

Checkpoint Two:

The Viking Way Cafe Bar - est. 1066 is an exciting new venture with views to die for, 100m from the South Bank of the Humber Bridge. 

maritimexperience.com/vikingwaycafe

Must Visit Friday

Checkpoint Three:

The Motorist is the most exciting automotive venue in the North! Based in Sherburn in Elmet, Leeds, The Motorist is a unique venue where like-minded people gather to appreciate great cars, enjoy good food and take part in regular meets and activities.

With an onsite Garage & Bodyshop, Restaurant and meeting spaces, The Motorist is a destination not to be missed.

www.themotorist.com

Must Visit Saturday

Checkpoint Four:

Great Northern Classics is a newly opened vast site – which encompasses four conjoined factory buildings – enables us to house a fully-equipped training school, workshops for around 30 specialists, a car storage area, exhibition and entertainment space, along with a number of small multi use units. The sheer scale of the Victoria Ironworks allows Great Northern Classics to operate as an efficient working site while serving as a destination attraction at the same time.

www.greatnorthernclassics.co.uk

Must Visit Saturday

Yam Yam Racing Drag Club - test day reminder.
12th June 2024

Private testing organiser and FWD racer Scott Lewry has announced that sign-ups are required as numbers are low for the next Yam Yam Racing Drag Club Private test day at Santa Pod Raceway, Scott writes:

We currently have low number of the racers already signed up for Monday 1st July, we have 16 signed on and need 65 or more. Less than three weeks until the day, for the next couple of weeks I will keep a close on eye on numbers and see what happens

Monday 1st July Test Day at Santa Pod Raceway.

  • £110 racer entry and 4 crew.
  • £10pp Camping.
  • £10 Spectators.

If you are interested, please do so ASAP. You can sign up by messaging Scott on Facebook or join the Yam Yam Racing Drag Club on Facebook by clicking here.

STP Sportsman Nationals - racer report.
12th June 2024

We like to thank Brett Cordelle for sending Eurodragster.com this report from the STP Sportsman Nationals last weekend, Brett says:

We all arrived Thursday evening and set up with little Lando coming to his first event of the year. Then on Friday was just getting everything finalised with the pit set up and making sure the bike was ready for qualifying Saturday morning.

Saturday morning came and we made our way down for the first qualifying session. Bit of a confusion with my dad as we turned the fuel on for the bike, but not the tap for the nitrous, so I said next time we will do it before we go down. I took the body work off and turned the tap on. Well, I thought I did but turned the on fuel tap off, which was the only one on, I pulled up to the line put it on the two step and instant die off the hit but was able to keep it running and coasted down the track.

Q2. We made sure we turned everything on this time before we left the pit the bike left hard off the line shifted to 2 was fine but it wouldn’t shift to third when I wanted it to but it finally shifted but we had a cross wind and about half way up the track the wind hit the front and pushed me left so to the wall I decided to just shut off and coast through the line with a 9.7. As we got back and went over the bike, we found out that we melted number 2 and number 4 spark plug so we had to put some new ones in and try again.

Q3. The bike left hard again this time shifting to two was fine but going to third to fourth when I hit the button nothing happens but finally changes gear but not when I want it to. Dialled in a 9.35 but went 9.23 with shifting issues again. We took it to the pits and found out again that i had melted 2 and 4 plugs again so Alan came to adjust the settings on the nitrous to see if that would help.

Q4. As it has all day it pinged off the line slightly better with the third shift, but it would not do into fourth top end. Dialled in a 9.20 and ran a 9.28 which only got me 10th in the qualifying results. Same old as we got back did the check over and we only did number 2 plug this time but still worrying that I am going to damage the motor.

Round one. I was supposed to face Pete Harrison but unfortunately, he had broken so I took this run to run it flat out to see what we would dial in for round two. Dial in a 9.20 again and the bike left well with a personal best 60ft and new personal best on ET with a 9.18 so I was happy with that. The gear changes were still not when I wanted them, but it shifted quicker than it had. But unfortunately, we did number 2 and number 4 plugged again.

Round two. I had Robbie Dobbie which I no he runs close to his numbers but luckily for me he red lit so I took the win but I didn’t realises at the start so I took the run as it was a race and the bike did not run right at all so we got it back checked it again and guess what more plugs were melted.

Round three. I had Casey Holgate. She dialled in a twelve flat I knew I had to wait for my tree to drop a couple of seconds later. It was a green light race the bike left good still shifting issues but I pulled a .1 to Casey’s .6 on the tree and I passed her top end and took the win nice race though took it back to the pits and played with the settings again as we did 2 and 4 plugs again but with you going round by round we didn’t have enough time to do a proper go through so we just had a put plugs in again and get it ready for the next round.

Round four. Well a surprise for me is that I didn’t know but the winner of that round had a bye in the semis so it meant I was going to the final so we quickly went down just the break the beams as the bike was still really hot and we had issues that we need to sort.

We got back played with things put new plugs in and a fresh bottle and headed to the final.

The final. I faced Gary Hester which he was number one qualifier and he had been on his numbers all weekend, so I knew that the bike and me had to do the best run of the entire weekend. But as we went to tune the nitrous bottle on, we could hear a leak on the fitting but as we were ready to go, we had no time to change it, so we just had to go for it. As I pulled up the line the bike died but misfired but stayed on which concerned me. We both staged I stuck it on the two step and as the light went green, I dropped the clutch for the bike to instantly die off the line which I already knew that was game over. Well, done to Gary as he had been phenomenal all weekend and deserved that win.

So yes, it has been one of the most stressful race weekends we have had for a long time especially as my sister made it to the final as well, so my dad bless him was here there and everywhere.

Big thanks to my amazing wife and kids who support what I do and make it possible. Phil Cordelle as I truly would not be riding this bike without all the hard work you have put in to get it so where it is now.

Scott Collier, Jerry Collier, Baz Rathbone and Alan Davis for helping me between rounds trying to sort the issues out we shall try again in 3 weeks’ time but for now we have some fixing to do.

Thank you to Julian Hunt for some amazing photos I am getting them framed.

If there any companies out that wants to donate some sparks plugs, I would be grateful.

Swift snippets.
12th June 2024

Happy Birthday for today to VW Sportsman racer Jack Gooding, Supercharged Outlaws crew Kevin Tearrell and Comp Bike racer Hannes Burgering. We hope you all have a great day.

UK Nostalgia Superstock - Sportsman Nationals report.
11th June 2024

Thanks to Niamh Smith for her report on the UK Nostalgia Superstock at the Sportsman Nationals event last weekend, Niamh writes:

Bit of a quiet one for UK NOSTALGIA SUPERSTOCK this weekend at Sportsman Nationals but our racers didn’t let that slow them down!! 

A little bit of rain put us back a bit on Saturday, but after that it cleared up and we had 4 qualifiers through to Sunday morning, where Mick Sharpe came in the top spot after Q4, having ran a 9.9036 on a 9.90 index!

Over the course of the day, the field was whittled down to just 2 cars; the Charger of Adrian Portelli and the Impala of Steve Lloyd.

It was Adrian who took the win however, continuing his success after accruing the most points at the rained off Springspeed Nationals earlier in the year. Things are looking good for Mr Portelli! He now will have a bounty on his head for the National Finals.

There was also a Big Bracket class this weekend, in which two NSS racers entered, and both were successful in this too! Mick Sharpe, our number 1 qualifier, won the title, with Don Scott coming in the runner up position.

Congratulations to Adrian Portelli and Steve Lloyd, as well as Mick Sharpe and Don Scott!

Swift snippets.
11th June 2024

Happy Birthday for today to Swedish Pro Mod racer-in-waiting Andreas Sjödin, Outlaw Street racer Tom Semper, Carter Motorsport PR Dan Welberry and former Comp Bike racer and 2004 champion T.J. O' Brien. We hope you all have a great day.

Speedsevents have announced today on Facebook to turn the radio on at 16:05hrs (15:05hrs UK) to hear Top Fuel driver Susanne Callin and Pro Stock driver Robin Norén this afternoon onP4 Uppland! Perra Johansson interviews before this weekend's, you can listen by clicking here.

STP Sportsman Nationals results.
10th June 2024

Congratulations to the winners at the weekend's Sportsman Nationals held at Santa Pod Raceway:

Sportsman ET : Gary Lake (13.88) 13.9478/95.61 def. Darren Huxley (12.25) 12.4352/109.07 (RED)
VW Sportsman : Tom Circuit (17.82) 17.8598/75.29 def. Paul Robinson (15.60) 16.0681/78.00
VW Pro : James Hodson (11.10) 11.4150/117.01 def. Chris Waterhouse (9.60) 9.6691/150.08
7.60 Heads Up : John Sleath 7.7176/151.64 def. Rob Smallworth 7.6593/175.76
Big Bracket : Mick Sharpe (9.85) 9.8585/132.82 def. Don Scott (10.02) 9.9258/131.37
Gasser Circus : Steve Matthews (9.59) 9.6579/121.85 def. Chris Layram (10.20) 10.2460/129.40
Nostalgia Super Stock : Adrian Portelli (10.92) 11.0930/108.70 def. Steve Lloyd (11.24) 11.4013/110.95
Outlaw Anglia : Colin Millar 7.9352/164.85 def. Rob Stone 8.6851/150.12
100e Challenge : Matthew Stanley (12.65) 12.6072/103.71 def. Scott Collin (08.08) 8.0604/164.82(RED)

ET Bike : Gary Hester 9.0423/129.76 def. Brett Cordelle (BROKE)
Super Street Bike : Alan Morrison Jnr 6.9139/213.82 def. Chris Reed 7.1349/182.14(New PB)
Comp Bike : Dan De`ath 7.3742/195.46 def. Jasmine Cordelle 7.4466/169.81
8.50 Bike : Ian Crichlow 8.5828/155.75 def. Jay Roe 8.3151/156.87(RED)
9.50 Bike : Dave Hall 9.5681/142.81 def. Rob Stanley 9.6235/139.52
Funny Bike : David Peters 7.3193/176.44 def Roger Moore 7.9155/125.55
Old School Stocker : Claire Rule 8.8551/142.97 def. Richard Peachy (BROKE)
Junior Drag Bike : Hollie King (8.40) 8.4724/78.17 def. Declan Butt (13.99) 14.1507/48.46

The meeting was held in mixed conditions, the track superbly prepared by the SPRC marshals.

Congratulations to Terence Attree who won the Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award of £50 supported by Cath and Tig Napier with 0.0007 RT and to Belinda Bull who won the Hayley Hadfield Perfect ET Award of £50 supported by Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield with 7.6001 on 7.60 dial in.

Thanks to the Santa Pod Timing Crew for sending us detailed timing data, including test day results, which when received we will post to our timing data area which you can see by clicking on Data, then Timing Data at the top of any Eurodragster.com page. Official results can be seen at Santa Pod's Official Results Site.

You can check out our John Woolfe Racing-sponsored Sportsman Nationals reports, results and galleries by clicking here or by clicking on the Events link at the top of any Eurodragster.com page. We should repeat our new policy that the watermarked photos from our galleries can be downloaded and may be used in social media posts but please do not crop or modify them, in particular, we need the watermark retained. Social media sharing may be done on mobile devices from the new site.

Please join us in thanking Graham Watkinson, Julian Hunt and Diana MacRae for their hard work in mixed conditions over the race weekend providing their amazing reporting and pictures.

We look forward to receiving racers reports from the weekend, please email us at [email protected].

STP Sportsman Nationals - Sunday pictures.
10th June 2024

Many thanks to GrahamJulian and Diana for covering the final day at the STP Sportsman Nationals, Santa Pod Raceway, you can see all the pictures at this link, supported by John Woolfe Racing supporting racers since 1967.  

FIA European Drag Racing Championship round 2 at Tierp Arena.
10th June 2024

Thanks for Remco Scheelings from Drag Racing Europe for sending in this article on the preview for Tierp of the FIA classes on 13-16th June

After a weather affected start at Santa Pod Raceway, the FIA European Drag Racing Championship continues with the SpeedEvents Internationals at Tierp Arena, Sweden. Due to the rain, no winners were crowned in England, so let’s hope the full points and trophies can be awarded after a great race weekend at Tierp Arena. The first round of the FIA European Championship was an indication who might be the title favourites this season, but with four rounds to go and a tough competition, anything can happen.

You can read the full article by visiting this link.

FIA/FIM-E SpeedEvents Internationals - Tierp previews.
10th June 2024

Thanks for Remco Scheelings from Drag Racing Europe for sending in these articles on the build up to FIA/FIM-E SpeedEvents Internationals at Tierp Arena on 13-16th June

Norway’s Rolfstad Pro Drag Racing will head into FIM-E Super Twin competition at the SpeedEvents Internationals at Tierp buoyed by off season progress and promising early testing at their local Gardermoen track over the past couple of weeks. Second generation team rider and a sign of the future in European nitro bike ranks, John Rolfstad gave us the overview.

You can read the full article by visiting this link.

Swift snippets.
10th June 2024

Happy Birthday for today to Supercharged Outlaws racer Gary Parkes, Outlaw Flat Four racer Jonny Marriage, former Outlaw Anglia racer, crew, and car painter Andy Przybyl, and Germany drag racing scrutineer Mike Barnett. We hope you all have a great day.

STP Sportsman Nationals - Sunday Coverage.
9th June 2024

We are ready to bring you live coverage here at the Sportsman Nationals, supported by John Woolfe Racing.

Today we will look to complete the qualifying sessions for all classes and move to the all important eliminations. We will pick up where we left off yesterday with Q4 for the bike classes, Sportsman ET, VW Sportsman and VW Pro, then move to finishing the Q4 runs for the rest of the classes.

To follow our coverage, go to our event index by clicking here or to follow the live reporting click here.

STP Sportsman Nationals - Saturday pictures.
9th June 2024

Many thanks to GrahamJulian and Diana for covering day one at the STP Sportsman Nationals, Santa Pod Raceway, you can see all the pictures at this link, supported by John Woolfe Racing supporting racers since 1967.  

Yesterday saw us slightly hampered by the weather when an unexpected shower hit mid-morning, delaying the track action and pushing us back on the schedule.

History of Bond, Hannis & Osborne Drag Racing 50 years.
9th June 2024

Thanks to Jonathan Bond for sending Eurodragster with this announcement that the History of Bond, Hannis and Osborne Drag Racing celebrate their 50th Anniversary, Jonathan says:

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Racing team we are launching limited run T-shirts that will be available (all being well with printers!) at Dragstalgia on 5th to 7th July! 

The T-Shirt celebrates the long racing history of my dad Doug, Martyn and the team with cars including Dads first shoestring car, Martyns Nitro Force funny car through to our current front engine dragster.

Sizes from S to XXL. £20 each. If you'd like one drop me a message on Instagram @joebond426 and I'll send you PayPal details to reserve one for you

You can see more about the team by visiting their Facebook page at this link.

Huge thanks to Darren West for pulling the ideas together. 

The Trakbytes website update.
9th June 2024

Chris from Trakbytes has announced the latest update on their website and remains proudly 20 years behind the times. Chris writes:

This time there are 30 new additions or updates between June 1966 and the most recent entry, 2004’s Main Event at Santa Pod. Amongst the racers at Santa Pod’s opening round of the 2024 FIA Championship recently were many names that were also there 20 years ago, including Andy Robinson with his Studebaker Pro Mod, Peter Wacker, who was running his first six second passes, Peter Kunc and Michael Malmgren. Jon Webster was setting new personal bests in Top Fuel and Jimmy Alund was setting new European records in Pro Stock. There were new records in Top Fuel as well, and many people will remember Freddy Fagerstrom leaving one of his doors lying on the track… 2004 also sees the addition of details of Dave Wilson’s continuing campaign in Top Alcohol in the USA.

This update includes a couple of very detailed entries from Long Marston in 1975, submitted by long-time contributor Jerry Cookson. These cover the beginnings of the NDRC (Midlands) association with the venue. Another regular contributor, Clive Rooms, has continued to fill in some of the gaps in the 1980’s sections with details from a number of meetings at Avon park, York, Aintree and of course Santa Pod.
The Hall Of Fame files for Tony Densham, Dennis Priddle, Clive Skilton and the Pages have all been updated, as has the Competitor Index. This page now contains 2174 names of racers through the years, and is the place to start if you are looking for information on a particular rider or driver.


I’m always keen to hear from anyone who has new material to add to the archives. Programme covers, meeting details, entry lists, personal bests, or any landmark events that have been overlooked are all welcome.

You can see all their stories and updates on the Trakbytes website by clicking here.

FIA/FIM-E SpeedEvents Internationals - Tierp previews.
9th June 2024

Thanks for Remco Scheelings from Drag Racing Europe for sending in these articles on the build up to FIA/FIM-E SpeedEvents Internationals at Tierp Arena on 13-16th June

Van Nimmen ready for Round Two.

After a challenging opening event at the Main Event, Chris van Nimmen reflects on his runner up spot and the hard work the American Lifestyle team put in at Santa Pod and the preparation work required to contest the next round in FIM-E Super Twin action in Sweden.

You can read the full article by visiting this link.

Team Brothers regroup ahead of Tierp.

To the outside it appeared that the four bike Team Brothers ensemble would be downhearted after a DNQ and a trio of first round exits at the Main Event. Far from it as the team reflects and projects.

You can read the full article by visiting this link.

Swift snippets.
9th June 2024

Happy Birthday for today to Wild Bunch racer Keith Crampton, motor cycle racer and British Drag Racing Hall of Fame member Phillip 'Pip' Higham, Pro Modified racer-in-waiting David James and 8.50 Bike racer Andrew Christophi. We hope you all have a great day.

STP Sportsman Nationals - Saturday Coverage.
8th June 2024

Good Morning, We are ready to bring you live coverage here at the Sportsman Nationals, supported by John Woolfe Racing.

To follow our coverage, go to our event index by clicking here or to follow the live reporting click here.

STP Sportsman Nationals - Test Day pictures.
8th June 2024

Many thanks to Julian for covering the test day at the Sportsman Nationals, Santa Pod Raceway, you can see all the pictures at this link, supported by John Woolfe Racing.

Scotland calling all drag racers.
8th June 2024

Ed Foster contacted Eurodragster to with this article, Ed is a distinguished motoring writer who visited Santa Pod while working for Motor Sport magazine. Now he farms in Fife, Scotland, and has established a monthly gathering for all manner of motor vehicles, ‘Bacon & Brakes’, which is growing fast. What are they missing? Well, drag racers for a start. Could there be any drag racing folk flyin’ around in Fife? If so, they will be made most welcome – and from anywhere further afield for that matter. Ed says:

Bacon and Brakes was started in October 2019 as a friendly local meet up for car and 'bike enthusiasts at the motorsport-themed Rhynd Café near St Andrews in Scotland. Sixteen cars turned up on that first rainy morning, and then COVID hit. We reopened the doors again in the late summer of 2021 and numbers rose quickly... Today, we welcome over 500 cars, motorcycles, trucks, fire engines, tricycles and even tractors on a monthly basis. At the last meeting on 5th May, 2024, we counted nearly 700.

We've now introduced a Best in Show competition alongside studio photography, an Autotest and we will soon welcome the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards with Jackals, HMGs and possibly an Oshkosh Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (known as 'The Wrecker!'). June saw our first Formula 1 car attend (the 1989 Arrows A11) and it was started up for everyone at 11am.

We have an off-road course on site, as well as the café and food stalls. Next door, we run the Scottish Clay Shooting Centre that puts on clay shooting (obviously!), archery and axe throwing. Also have the Rhynd Farmhouse that's available for rent at this link

Many have tried to create a big motorsport event in Scotland and it's not easy. I'm a firm believer that we're best suited to smaller, regular events. However, these must be more than 20 cars parked in an NCP car park...! That's why we organise content around the event, whether that's the F1 car, autotests or the off-road course. It seems to be working well so far. 

Details: The Rhynd Café, Leuchars, Fife, KY16 0DR on the first Sunday of the month between March and October, 9am to 1pm. - www.baconandbrakes.com

Swift snippets.
8th June 2024

Happy Birthday for today to Wild Bunch racer Phil James, one half of the Spotted Motors Youtube team Michael Castle, and to Norwegian Super Street Bike racer Peter Östlund. We hope you all have a great day.

STP Sportsman Nationals - Friday test day.
7th June 2024

Sportsman Nationals has begun today with testing, you can follow the Coverage from Santa Pod Raceway by clicking here, Eurodragster.com today will have Julian and Diana covering pictures, and live reporting by Graham will be from tomorrow.

We will update when the galleries are completed and post event report and times are posted at our Event Coverage by clicking here or go via Events in our main menu. Our event coverage is supported by John Woolfe Racing

Demo Vehicle Invitation for Fast Show Reloaded.
7th June 2024

Thanks to James Forster from Santa Pod Raceway announced they are seeking a selection of drag racing vehicles to make demonstration passes at the upcoming Fast Show Reloaded event on Saturday 15th June.

A car show for vehicles of all shapes and sizes, the show offers another opportunity to get your car on the famed quarter mile or on display in the Show & Shine competition. Get together with your automotive mates for a day or weekend of putting pedal to the metal or simply chewing the fat surrounded by fine machinery.

If you’d like to come along, please contact Chris by clicking here or 01234 782828

Diamond anniversary is not all that Dragstalgia has to offer.
7th June 2024

Santa Pod Raceway has announced this press release on Dragstalgia event at Santa Pod Raceway 5th-7th July 2024:  Now 60 years since 1964’s 1st International Drag Festival kick-started the motorsport known as drag racing in Britain, the diamond anniversary of this archetypal event will be a focal point when Dragstalgia takes place at Santa Pod early next month. Yet that’s not all that Dragstalgia has to offer. Europe’s biggest historic drag race celebration embraces many ingredients harking back to the sport’s ‘golden age’ – vintage racing machinery in abundance, of course, on two wheels as well as on four, but vintage music, fashion and style too. It’s a party weekend for all – you don’t have to be of ‘a certain age’ to enjoy the full flavour.

The arrival of two dragsters from America – Mooneyes and Dos Palmas, reflecting the drag race tradition of naming rather than numbering cars – will be an anniversary focus, but they are not the only vehicles crossing the Atlantic.

Fuel Altereds – rather like Can-Am cars in circuit racing – enjoyed a brief 1960s flowering before the mainstream moved on but are nowadays a popular and revered staple of the historic racing scene. A rematch between two latter-day FAs, powered by supercharged, nitromethane-burning V8s, will be a Dragstalgia highlight as Randy Bradford’s Fiat Topolino-bodied machine from America takes on Britain’s Nick Davies and his Austin Bantam, Havoc. Bradford last competed at Santa Pod in 2016. In 2017, Davies shipped Havoc to the USA and beat the Americans at their own game, bringing home the season trophy.

Pre-1980 is Dragstalgia’s order of the day. There’ll be a loud and lairy concoction of Nostalgia Funny Cars, Fuel Altereds and Front-Engined Dragsters, on methanol and nitro, mixing it up in a ‘cannonball’ format, while throwback racing groups such as Outlaw Anglias, the Gasser Circus, Supercharged Outlaws, the Wild Bunch and the Willys Wars enjoy their weekend in the limelight. While entries continue to roll in, the list already boasts 68 Nostalgia Superstockers. Who knew the UK had so much vintage American iron race-ready and raring to go?

On two wheels, expect a healthy turnout as the National Sprint Association corrals its finest and fastest old-school bikers, while the legendary US machine Hogslayer – the twin-Norton mount of TC Christenson famous for scourging the Harley-Davidson ‘hogs’ on dragstrips across America in the 1970s – will emerge from its latter-day retirement home, Solihull’s National Motorcycle Museum, to bark down the strip once more some half a century after its formidable heyday.

Also of rarity value, Martin Hill brings out his seldom-seen FireForce 2 Jet Funny Car to light up the show.

Alongside the track will be an array of distinguished drag race machinery on static display – CommuterTudor RoseMotovation: names calculated to bring a tear to the eye of anyone old enough to have watched them in their prime (and not just from the nitro fumes) – together with some ‘cracklefest’ fire-ups.

Of particular note will be the three known surviving Allard dragsters. The Allard Chrysler, the machine credited as Britain’s first dragster constructed by Sydney Allard in 1961, will be on weekend leave from its home at Beaulieu’s National Motor Museum, flanked by the last remaining pair of Allard Dragons, the machines built by the Allard Motor Company in the mid-1960s and each now privately owned.

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame’s annual Grand Auction brings a host of rare artefacts and memorabilia from Europe and America into the public eye. There are club displays, and the Autoglym Show & Shine competition burnishes the pinnacle of automotive finery. If more thrills are called for, seek out the classic Ken Fox Wall of Death motorcycle show.

Come for a day and you’ll get an outstanding programme of events on and off the track, with live music in the Vintage Hub featuring bands and DJs. Come for two or even all three days and you’ll experience the full festive atmosphere. Bring your tent, your van or your motorhome and your overnight stays are free with multi-day tickets, with The Ultimate Classic Rock Show and the Dragstalgia Beer & Cider Festival all part of the bargain among the attractions vying for your attention.

Dragstalgia 2024 takes place at Santa Pod Raceway, near Wellingborough NN29 7XA, from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July. For full event information and to book tickets, visit this link or telephone 01234 782828. As ever, access to the pits is free for a close-up view of Dragstalgia’s unparalleled array of historic racing machinery.

Photos attached:

1.       Fuel Altereds: Randy Bradford versus Nick Davies, Dragstalgia 2016.

2.       Nick Davies, Havoc.

3.       Randy Bradford.

4.       Striking car, striking view.

Swift snippets.
7th June 2024

Happy Birthday for today to Comp Bike racer John Mclean, Swedish former Pro Stock racer Michael Callin, Swedish former Super Twin racer Anders 'Charley' Karling, Sportsman ET racer Ashleigh Clark, and Street Eliminator racer-in-waiting David Murdoch. We hope you all have a great day.

Christiansen, Lymant and King win, but rain defeats the rest of the FIM-E Main Event.
6th June 2024

Thanks to Remco Scheeling for posting an article about the FIA/FIM-E Main Event on www.dragracingeurope.eu . You can read the full story by clicking here.

To complete a frustrating meeting, rain eventually won much of eliminations day with a series of downpours disrupting and ultimately curtailing the opening round of this year’s FIM-E championship. This also included a shift to eighth mile running after the first set of eliminations due to problems drying the shutdown area, and then a final set of the wet stuff ended proceedings with only three classes completed

Melbourne Raceway round 4 coming up.
6th June 2024

On 15th-16th June, Melbourne Raceway hosts its 2024 Championship Round 4. Included will be the Street Weekend Competition, on Saturday only.

200+ cars have entered Street Weekend, meaning there will be a plethora of seriously powerful machine in the pits, looking to run their best on the Melbourne track. Entries include from Street Eliminator racer Ashley Cooper with the Ford Transit, Pro ET racer Dan Holloway with the Mustang, Sportsman ET 2023 champion Gary Lake brings the Corvette and Comp Eliminator Chris Todd with his Chevrolet plus many more.

Melbourne Raceway's E.T bracket classes this year will be racing, Sportsman ET (up to 7.90), (Pro ET (6.90-7.89) and Pro Extreme (5.90-6.89) with dial-ins used on the Sportsman tree. There's also the NSCC Hot Rod Gazette heads up option for modified street legal cars. And for quicker cars that want to run a heads up pro tree, we have Pro Comp running a Cannonball style format with the two quickest running a shootout in the final.

If racers don't have a Motorsport UK or ACU licence for bike racers, a Nora licence is needed but can be purchased easily and cheaply at this link.

For more details on the car rules, click on this link. The No Mercy Bike series offers bracket racing opportunities to bikers, jnr bikes, scooters, Ultimate Street bikes for modified bikes, stock and 2 strokes, racing legends for the over 70s among others. For more details on the bike rules, click on this link..

Specatator entry, available on the gate, is £15 a day, or £27 per weekend with camping available free from 17:00 on Friday 14th June. Bar and catering facilities are open both nights with live music Friday night with“Johnny and the Rizzlers” a classic Rock and Blues band and Saturday “Wild Turkey” Rock and good time music will be performing

Run what ya brung is now exclusively pay on the gate, so no pre booking is required for RWYB. Racer and spectator tickets can be purchased at straightliners.events.

Class racers should be quick to secure their place in the weekend's activities.

Eurodragster.com will be covering post report and pictures by former editor Andy (Tog) Rogers. which you will be able to see via our coverage page supported by John Woolfe Racing.

Swift snippets.
6th June 2024

Happy Birthday for today to Swedish photographer Patrik Jacobsson, VW Sportsman racer Caitlin Wilson, Outlaw Anglia racer Ben Montgomery and VW Pro and Sportsman ET racer Ian Dance, we hope you all have a great day.

Simon Hayward moving forward with Houndog.
5th June 2024

Nostalgia Funny Car racer Simon Hayward was at Santa Pod Raceway last weekend to test his recreaation of the legendary 1970s Houndog Funny Car.

The team wrote: "What a weekend at Santa Pod., it's been a long time coming, but we got down the strip! It was exactly 50 years ago Nobby Hills debuted the former Paula Murphy Plymouth Duster and christened it Houndog 7. Back in 1974 it was Owen Hayward behind the wheel. 50 years later, it's his son Simon taking it down the track."

Thanks to Rob Loaring of I.C.E. Automotive who posted his thoughts: "I spent today with Simon and his team and it went pretty well. The clutch was too tight on the first lap and it wouldn't come out of reverse but the second went pretty smoothly. A couple of blower pulleys and some counterweight and they'll be on their way. It's been a long time coming and I suspect they'll all sleep well tonight!"

Our best wishes to Simon and the team who plan to progress further in the near future.

You can see the team's Facebook reel of the awesome-sounding car by clicking here.

Photo by Rob Loaring.

Swift snippets.
5th June 2024

Happy Birthday for today to Junior Drag Bike racer Hollie King, Super Twin Top Fuel racer Martijn de Haas. We hope you are having a great day Hollie and Martijn!

STP Sportsman Nationals preview.
4th June 2024

This weekend, the Sportsman Nationals will take place at Santa Pod Raceway from 8th-9th June. In the car classes,

7.60 Heads Up supported by Eurodragster.com sponsors Jeff and Belinda Bull, has a field of seven cars with Belinda Bull in the S10 Truck, Kevin Jenkins with the MK1 Escort, John Sleath with the S10 pickup, Eurodragster.com sponsor Colin Millar with the Anglia, Kevin Perkins with the Oldsmoble Cutlass “Soul Man”, Billy Gane and Mark Turner also in the class.

Sportsman ET sponsored by Hutchinson and Dibley with the largest class of the event with 28 cars, 2023 champion Gary Lake with the Arabian Knight Pontiac Trans AM, Eurodragster.com own Kirstie Tramm with the Camaro, Brian Huxley in the Focus, Santa Pod Racers Club Peter Walters brings his Camaro Z28 after racing the dragster at the Main Event, Georgina Smith with the Supra and many more to continue the 2024 championship.

The VP Lubricants Nostalgia Super Stock brings 6 car field to the event seeing Adrian Portelli in the Dodger Charger, Spencer Tramm in the Camaro, Don Scott with the Plymouth Superbird, Mick Sharpe in the Dodge Dart and Clive Dandridge double entry with Sportsman ET in the GMC C15 Truck.

Quantum Leap Racing VW Sportsman has another large field with 26 cars, Jon Crawford with the Golf, Jack Gooding in the Scirocco, Steve Metcalf and the Baja, Danny Bean in the Lupo and Paul Robinson in the TT V6. Plus, many more.

Pro Race Engineering VW Pro has 20 cars with European FWD Luke Stevenson in his Golf, James Gould with the VR6 Altered, ED Keech in the Porsche 944, James Hodson in the MK2 Golf, Philip Blogg with the Caddy and many more.

Big Bracket has 6 cars with Matthew Dowdy in the Nova after losing the rear window at the Main Event, Allan Schofield the Dragster, Mick Sharpe, and Don Scott both double entered in Super Stock also, Joshua Duncan with the Ford 100E Square and Richard Tunstall with his RCCS Roadster.

Taylor’s Trophy Super Street Bike brings 7 riders with Alan Morrison, Rudolfo Maduro from Spijkenisse a city in the province of South Holland, Netherlands with the Suzuki GSXR 1000, Eurodragster.com sponsor JKE Race Works sees Jake Mechaell and Kostas Giannopoulos with the Hayabusa’s. Chris Reed and Steve Venables both with the Hayabusa bikes.

Leeks Landscapes Funny Bike has 5 bike field from David Peters, Maarten Zijlstra from Amsterdam, Ryan Davidson, Lorcan Parnell and Roger Moore.

Suzuki Performance Spares Comp Bike with 16 bike field with Shernon Martis from the Netherlands, Charly Anasagasti another racer from Netherlands, Anna Sasiak from St. Albans, Mark Dainty with Hayabusa from Lydney and many more riders.

8.50 Bike sponsored by JKE Race Works has 11 bikes from Craig Wright from Pelton, Patrick Merite from Netherlands, Daniel Madeira from Portugal/Essex, and many more great bikes to continue the fight for the title.

Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 with 3 bikes from Dave Hall with the GSXR 1100L, Joshua Mclean and Rob Stanley with the Hayabusa.

Warspeed Racing ET bike with 21 bikes, Inchomar Meulens from the Netherlands, Dave Grundy from Wellingborough with Triumph Street Triple, Robbie Dobbie with the SP1 RC51, Jake Boden with the GSF1200, Phil Pratt with the “Satan’s Lady” GSXR and anymore.

Finally, Eurodragster.com Junior Drag Bike 15 riders from Leah Morrison with the Ninja, Hollie King the GSX, Netherlands Anouk Burgering with Yamaha YZF-R, Rico Patterson with the Kimco continue the 2024 championship.

Eurodragster.com's coverage page is at this link or go via Event Coverage in our main menu. We have Julian and Diana to post on-track and off-track photographs each day and there will be Graham doing the live reports. Our event coverage is supported by John Woolfe Racing.

Summer Nationals - Closing date.
4th June 2024

Summer Nationals which is held at Santa Pod Raceway on 29th-30th June. This is a reminder that the closing day is this Friday 7th June. *A surcharge will occur after this date.

The current entry list for the event is at this link. You can enter by clicking here. Late entry may cost extra, so competitors are urged to sign up today.

Summer Nationals entry
 closes in 2 Days 11 Hours 14 Mins 58 Secs
Speedevents Internationals at Tierp Arena.
4th June 2024

Speedevents Internationals at Tierp Arena, 13-16 June, the epicenter of the world's fastest motorsport, where adrenaline flows freely and the pulse accelerates to the ceiling. Now the arena is ready to welcome competitors and spectators to a weekend fully charged with speed, sound and an atmosphere that will make your heart beat to the beat of the engine.

With Speed Events as the brains behind the event, it is guaranteed that the races will reach new heights of excitement and drama. You can expect to see the most advanced drag racing cars, from monster machines fueled by nitromethane to Pro Modified vehicles, fine-tuned to perfection, battle to cross the finish line first and take victory.

With 228 teams entering the event over these classes: Top Fuel Dragster, Top Methanol Dragster, Top Methanol Funny Car, Pro Stock Car, Pro Modified Car, Top Fuel Bike, Super Twin Bike, Pro Stock Bike, Super Street Bike, Pro Comp Bike, Top Doorslammer, Competition Eliminator, Stock/Super Stock, Pro Street, Super Comp, Super Street, Super Gas, Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Super Comp Bike, Super Gas Bike, Street, Junior Dragster and Junior Dragbike.

In addition to the thrilling competition on the track, you will be able to eat good food in Tierp Arena’s restaurants, listen to live music and entertainment that makes the roof lift in the barn, or have a cooling drink in Tierp Arena’s Beer Garden.

For the children, a huge Fun Zone awaits with everything from jumping castles to trampolines and other exciting activities. Market Street is open throughout the event. Plan a full-speed family outing!

Take a look at the time schedule for all the classes by clicking here.

Swift snippets.
4th June 2024

A Happy Birthday to British drag racing pioneer Derek Metcalf, former Top Methanol pilot and Supercharged Outlaws crew Doug Bond, also to Outlaw Anglia crew Joe Taylor, have a great day all.

Sportsman Nationals Perfect Awards.
3rd June 2024

£100 is up for grabs at this weekend's Sportsman Nationals courtesy of Eurodragster.com and our sponsors

This weekend's Bad Habit Racing Perfect Light Award has been reset to £50 after it was won by Lucas Oil Junior Dragster's Daniel Weir at the FIA/FIM-E Main Event. The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to record a Reaction Time of 0.000 seconds. The Perfect Light Award is available in all classes during both qualifying and eliminations, but will only be awarded for the first Perfect Light of the event. The Perfect Light Award is presented in association with Cath and Tig Napier of Modurstang Pro ET team Bad Habit Racing.

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect Light Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried. Eurodragster.com decals are available in Signing On or from Eurodragster.com staff.

The Hayley Hadfield Perfect ET Award supported by Andy Hadfield has been reset to £50 after it was won by Mordurstang Pro ET racer Tom Watkins at the FIA/FIM-E Main Event. The money will be paid to the first racer at the event to run +0.000 on index or dial-in. The Hayley Hadfield Perfect ET Award is available in Peter Nee Super Pro ET, Modurstang Pro ET, Hutchinson & Dibley Sportsman ET, W.A. Watts Automotive Super Comp, Tony Morris Carburetors Super Gas, Pro Race Engineering VW Pro, Quantum Leap Racing VW Sportsman, Lucas Oil Junior Dragster, JKE Race Works 8.50 Bike, Atlantic Fluid Tech 9.50 Bike, Warpspeed Racing ET Bike and Eurodragster.com Junior Drag Bike. But will only be awarded for the first Perfect ET of the weekend. The Perfect ET Award is presented in association with Andy 'Fadster' Hadfield of the Twister Race Team in memory of his late wife Hayley.

Decals are not mandatory for the Perfect ET Award but we would appreciate it if Eurodragster.com decals are carried. Eurodragster.com decals are available in Signing On or from Eurodragster.com staff.

Sportsman Nationals racer update.
3rd June 2024

Many thanks to Santa Pod Racers Club Secretary Ian Marshall for sending us details of track opening and signing on at the Sportsman Nationals being held this weekend 8th-9th June, including scrutineering times.

The main gates to the track will open at 07.00 on Friday, 7th June.

Friday, 7th June:

  • 10.00-18.00 Signing on office opens
  • 10.00-18.00  Scrutineering for bikes at the scrutineering building
  • 14.30-19.00  Scrutineering for cars at the scrutineering building

Saturday, 8th June:

  • 07.00 Signing on office opens
  • 08.00 Scrutineering for cars at the scrutineering building
  • 08.00 Scrutineering for bikes at the scrutineering building
  • 09.30 Track open for qualifying

Sunday, 9th June: 

  • 08.00 Signing on open
  • 08.00 Scrutineering for bikes
  • 08.00 Scrutineering for cars
  • 09:30 Track open for qualifying/ eliminations

The detailed running orders and entry list can be seen in our events page by clicking here. or go via Events in our main menu. Our event coverage is supported by John Woolfe Racing.

Meguiar's Drag Festival - Mantorp Park.
3rd June 2024

Thanks to Andy Cowen for sending us this article about the 2024 Meguiar's Drag Festival - Mantorp Park which takes place 25th-28th July.

it's time for the ultimate adrenaline rush at Mantorp Park. The world's fastest cars are making a comeback to the iconic drag strip for a weekend packed with excitement and entertainment.

This year, Meguiar's Drag Festival can present a starting field with as many as 6 participating Top Fuel who will compete in a thrilling competition with Cannonball format. Here you get to experience tens of thousands of horsepower making up on Mantorp Park's legendary drag racing strip.

  • 🇸🇪 Susanne Callin
  • 🇸🇪 Dennis Nilsson
  • 🇲🇹 Duncan Micallef,
  • 🇫🇮 Tommi Haapanen,
  • 🇩🇰 Stig Neergard
  • 🇫🇮 Timo Lehtimäki

DRAG RACING

Of course, it will be packed with Drag racing during Meguiar's Drag Festival 2024!

Top Fuel is back at Mantorp Park, more maxed out than ever! This year we have six Top Fuel drivers on site to compete in a thrilling Cannonball Race. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you'll feel the sound and feel in your chest as thousands of horsepower moves from standstill to extreme speeds in just a few seconds – an experience you won't want to miss!

In addition, we welcome a bunch of exciting drag racing classes such as Top Doorslammer, Pro Xtreme, Super Twin Top Gas Bike, Top Fuel Bike, Vintage Outlaw and Nitro Bike!

MOTORCYCLE AND CAR SHOW

At Meguiar's Drag Festival, we not only offer fantastic world-class drag racing – we also fill Mantorp Park with a car – and a motorcycle show that you can't miss!
The exhibition is as usual located along the strip. Perfect for those who want to look at cars but still experience drag racing up close!

Prizes will be awarded both on Saturday and Sunday, it is "Best In Show, Car" 1 , 2 , 3 and "Best In Show, MC" 1 , 2 , 3.

All fine car owners with an entrance ticket are welcome to participate in the exhibition and you do not need to pre-register your participation.

Visit this link for information on tickets and times.

Shernon Martis is heading towards the UK championship.
3rd June 2024

Thanks to Remco Scheelings for sending this article from Benjamin Wefer, a Dutch reporter/photographer about Shernon Martis. Benjamin writes:

After building and testing for several years, Shernon thinks he is ready for action. His dream is to compete in Super Street Bike, and he is close to realizing that dream. But, for now, he wants to familiarize himself with the bike to feel how it handles on the track and test its reliability during an entire season. A few days from now, Shernon will commence his journey in the Competition Bike (comp bike) class and attempt to win the British championship! Before going to Santapod Raceway, we took a moment with him to reflect on his journey and expectations for the 2024 season.

His journey and dream of running Super Street Bike started before the pandemic. He knew it would be a financial and mental challenge and needed to increase his skills to close the technical gaps. I have learned a lot in the past few years but still have more to learn. But I will only get where I want to be if I spend time on the track and not only in the garage. And I need more than just testing to help me get there. I miss the adrenaline rush I get during the competition! Santapod is a great track and the only one within reach to give me the experience and exposure I need to move forward.

While he is preparing to start his journey in the Competition Bike category, we took the opportunity to ask some more detailed questions to get a glimpse of his expectations for this season.

With two bikes tailored for a quarter-mile track in his possession, the question arises: which one will Shernon deploy this season? 'The nitrous bike is our safety net,' he explains. 'Our primary focus is to maximize the turbo bike's runs for familiarization, data collection, and to chart our ascent to the Super Street Bike category.'

But what made Shernon choose the Competition Bike category, and what makes racing in this class so captivating? 'My ultimate goal is to reach the Super Street Bike (SSB) category,' he explains. 'However, the current data indicates that I will need to be more competitive to be competitive in Super Street Bike. On the other hand, the data also showed us that it would be too quick for the 8.50 bike index class, leaving me with only one option: Competition Bike. And we know this will be challenging, but we are up for the challenge!

'Have there been any modifications to the bike over the winter?' Shernon shares, 'No, I haven't made any modifications to the bike. I simply rebuilt the engine, and it still has its original internals. However, I took a different approach to the rebuild. Instead of seeking someone to do it for me, I sought someone who could pass on the knowledge of building such an engine. Stefan Schmidt (Schmidt Performance Racing) has enhanced my understanding of engine rebuilding. Steward Crane and Michael Piggot (Wrapspeed Racing) have guided me on the dyno and taught me how to tune my engine. And Jake Mechaell JKE Race Works) has been my on-track mentor, helping me interpret the bike's data and fine-tune my performance.'

'When will your debut at the British championship be, and what are your expectations?' The test runs we did at the beginning of the year look promising, and we are debuting during the Sportsman Nationals, which will be held from 7 to 9 June 2024. I'm eagerly looking forward to this year's season and expect to be competitive. I'm not aiming to end up at the bottom of the list, but we will see how far we can go. As long as the team is satisfied with the results, I am happy.'

'I am deeply grateful to our Lord for his guidance and strength,' Shernon humbly acknowledges. 'I also want to express my heartfelt thanks to my family, who always had my back, supported my dreams, and allowed me to pursue my passion. My team, who believe in me and constantly push me to improve, are the backbone of my journey. And, of course, to all the fans out there—your unwavering support is what makes Motorsport thrive!'

Shernon and the Speshi Racing Team will start a new adventure. A Suzuki Hayabusa turbo with a lot of potential is on the schedule. Only time will tell what the future will bring.

Swift snippets.
3rd June 2024

Happy Birthday for today to longtime Swedish drag racing official Kjell Pettersson, supercharged altered racer-in-waiting Mat Cooper, Pro Modified racer Dmitry Samorukov and former Dutch Pro Modified racer Robert Koper. Have a great day all.

Videographer Simon Letkey has posted a Youtube video of Eurodragster.com sponsor John Tebenham's runs at Doorslammers 2024. Simon says "John entered his Pro Mod into a 15 car field car at the 2024 Doorslammers event at Santa Pod Raceway.

It was his first time driving it since the Doorslammers event last year, which ended with head failure after it dropped valves on several runs. How did he get on this time?" See the video which includes pit footage by clicking on the image.

Street Weekend goes to Skegness beach.
2nd June 2024

Santa Pod Raceway are delighted to announce that Street Weekend is heading to Skegness Pier. That’s right – actual Skegness Pier! Skegness Pier is one of the largest Entertainment Centres on the East Coast of Lincolnshire. Skegness Pier is home to a variety of exciting activities such as 10 Pin Bowling, Captain Kid’s soft play, Clip N Climb, entertainment and of course spectacular sea views from the Pier deck. If you are looking for a family fun-filled day out, you have come to the right place! 

https://skegnesspier.co.uk/

More detailed instructions will be sent to competitors in due course but you’ll be getting your cars within a stone’s throw of the sand and sea, right in front of the Skegness Pier Beach Bar! 

Street Weekend entry update.
2nd June 2024

Max Frost from Santa Pod Raceway announced on Facebook last Thursday 30th May:

As we move closer to the event, 2 WEEKS AWAY, we are closely monitoring entry numbers.

For those that are currently entered - If you are unable to make it and still appear on the photo entry list, please let me know ASAP.

For those that were on the reserve list that had been contacted but haven't yet entered, please see the email sent to you.

For those still on the reserve list and waiting to hear from us, please keep a close eye on your emails. Early next week, we may be in touch as more people drop out and spaces open up!

NitrOlympX entry now .
2nd June 2024

DM Drag Racing have announced on Facebook now the first round of the FIA and FIM-E European Drag Racing Championship has taken place, entires are now open for the 37th. NitrOlympX at the Rico Anthesmile in Hockenheim.

You can enter by clicking here.

FHRA 2024 championship begins.
2nd June 2024

Congratulations to Jens Lönngren (Top Doorslammer) and all sportsman car and bike winners at the first round of the FHRA Championship held at Motopark, Virtasalmi on 25th-26th May.

You can see links to final qualifying, elimination ladders and a list of winners and runners-up by clicking here on the FHRA website. Links to championship points can be seen by clicking here.

In Top Doorslammer, Jens qualified his '35 Plymouth #1 out of five contenders with a 4.079/301.50kph (187.34mph) run over the eighth mile. In eliminations he defeated Kaapo Lehtonen's Willys Coupe in round 1 and took the victory after Henri Halikka's Plymouth Duster was a no show in the final.

In Top Fuel Bike, Mikko Rajaniemi (Top Fuel Bike) was running exhibition passes. You can see action from Motopark from the FHRA's new streaming partner Salo Livestream on Youtube at this link. The next round of the FHRA Championship is from 7th-9th June and will be livestreamed by Sala Livestream.

Photo of Jens Lönngren courtesy Pekka Rouvinen.

Stranger Thing Drag Racing Team - Experienced engine person needed.
2nd June 2024

Stranger Thing Drag Racing Team have announced they are on the lookout again for a skilled and passionate engine specialist to join the crew. 

Key Requirements:

  • Availability for the entire MSUK race season and the Doorslammers event.
  • Willingness to assist in setting up and breaking down the rig at events. It's a tough job, but it's all hands on deck in our team.
  • Extensive experience with V8 race engines, particularly blown methanol Hemi engines – this will be a significant advantage.
  • Commitment to the full season, including smaller events. Reliability and team spirit are non-negotiable.
  • A love for motorsport and the enthusiasm to be part of a Pro Mod team.

Whats included:

  • Full event tickets for the season.
  • Comfortable accommodation in our well-equipped race truck, featuring memory foam mattresses and all bedding.
  • A relaxing lounge and dining area with a large screen TV and bar – your space to unwind.
  • Main meals and beverages provided during events.
  • Team apparel: 4 pit crew T-shirts, 2 hoodies, and a start line race shirt.
  • While this position is unpaid, it's an opportunity to be deeply involved in the thrill and camaraderie of Pro Mod racing.

If you're ready to join our dedicated team and contribute to our continued success, please reach out to a team member or send us a message via Facebook by clicking this link or via email by clicking here. Stranger Thing Drag Racing Team are excited to welcome a new member to their racing family!

Swift snippets.
2nd June 2024

Happy Birthday for today to former race director and supporter of the sport for many years Syd McDonald, Melbourne Raceway PR Andy Flavell, Comp Bike racer Dave Batcheler, Street Eliminator racers Nigel Hale and Ricky Hale, Super Street Bike racer Alan Morrison and Drag & Drive king Michael Westberg. Have a great day all.

Swift snippets.
1st June 2024

Happy Birthday for today to German drag racing administrator Andrea Morris Kloss, legendary photographer Bob McClurg and Old School Stocker racer Kevin Melling. We hope you all had a wonderful day.

We all here at Eurodragster want to say Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Holloway on their wedding yesterday, we hope you had a great day and all the best.