News Issue 14

Transatlantic Toons

Would you believe that the latest regular contributor to America’s Gasser Magazine is none other than our very own The Drag Strip artiste, Colin Hardy! Well done, Colin, and well deserved.

Best-Laid Plans

While we’re in an artistic frame of mind, we were extremely impressed by these renders of Wild & Sons’ 1967 Pontiac GTO project. This car is looking to be completed and heading back across the water for the late-year trade show season in the US, and is currently in the body shop being clear-coated by London James. The guys have sponsorship from Dickies Life, Eibach UK, Power Maxed, National Parts Depot, Evans Waterless Coolant and Image Wheels. If the finished car looks anything like Andreas Hoas Wennevold’s render, here, it’s going to be a stunner.

King Of The North

There’s been much speculation, rumour and downright nonsense spoken about the future of York Raceway recently. This recent press release from York and the Pennine Drag Racing Club (PDRC) might answer some questions…

“By the end of the 2017 season, York Raceway, the northern host of drag racing for the last 40 years, was on the brink of disappearing. The involvement of an automotive component manufacturer on the land, coupled with a lack of resources, made the continuation of York Raceway untenable.

“However, by December 31st, York Raceway activists achieved the first milestone. By raising £100,000, racers, spectators, enthusiasts and supporters of drag racing ensured that York Raceway was able to step up to the next level. There were naysayers who said this could never happen, but they were shut down by the phenomenal response, proving that there is massive groundswell of support for York’s future. There is good progress with negotiations, with an ideal outcome for all parties involved.

York Raceway’s future, and some of the hard commercial facts need to be considered. Estimates vary, but there are possibly 3,000 vehicles in the UK built for drag racing, and possibly 10,000 street/strip cars. There are three drag racing clubs. At the moment, there is just one strip, crammed to capacity with drag racing and lifestyle events. Clearly there is the need for another strip, and an improved York Raceway is absolutely ideal.

“In hindsight, it was naïve to think racing would commence by Easter 2018. Chairman of the PDRC, Al Perkins, takes up the story. ‘Given that a corporation with significant funds has probably made an unrefusable offer to the landowner, we must be very grateful that he is still loyal to the promoters and drag racers and is determined that drag racing should continue to have a future on the site. Not only that, but the landowner has categorically stated that provision for the drag strip has been added to that contract. However, it still leaves much to do, and much to achieve to get the venue up to 21st century specification, and to ensure continuity for drag racing in the future.’

“Because there are the interests of a number of players involved – the landowners, the racers, the club, the enthusiasts – sometimes the situation has to be managed with kid gloves and caution to ensure the best outcome for all stakeholders and for the greater good. ‘However, we can certainly confirm that the future of York Raceway, the club and the racers, are in a good place and we look forward to telling you more, just as soon as the circumstances allow,’ adds Marc Smith, PDRC Communications Officer. ‘What we can state is this: the opportunities are wide open for an outstanding future for York Raceway. We are hopeful for more investment in improved infrastructure, which, coupled with a new track, means a wider appeal to more drag racers and lifestyle events too. The PDRC Committee is now fully up to speed on all negotiations and are happy with the planned progress.’

“There are further significant reasons why there is a positive future for York Raceway’s renaissance. York is a long-established drag venue, with no noise issues and it is accessible, not just from the UK motorway network; it’s a hop, skip and a jump from northern Europe too. ‘An improved track and facilities is bound to make the track more appealing to drag race teams from Holland, France and Germany, as well as Scandinavia. And they’ll get a proper northern welcome!’ adds Marc.”

To learn more, search for the PDRC – Save YorkRaceway page on Facebook.

The Ultimate Last Chance

Dodge SRT sent one hell of a one-lot package to the Barrett-Jackson auction at the end of June – the last 2017 Dodge Viper and the last 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Billed as ‘The Ultimate Last Chance,’ the hammer fell on this 1,500hp pair at a cool $1 million, every penny of which goes to The United Way children’s charity.

Monkey Back?

With half the new car designs of recent years being throwbacks to the late-Sixties, American Honda have announced that, from early next year, they’re bringing back the Monkey and the Super Cub C125… What next? The new Stanley Steamer? The Penny-Farthing?