News Issue 26

Six Maniac

Andy Bond scored a massive milestone in TopSpeed Street Eliminator history in June’s Summer Nationals at Santa Pod – the UK’s first Street Eliminator six! He ran a 6.999 at 210mph, and that’s in mandated street trim – treads, silencers, no wheelie bars and on pump fuel. Well done Andy and the whole Ugly Sister team – ice creams all round, I think!

To Cap It All

Want to keep the sun off your swede and look good doing it? You need a new Street Machine baseball cap! In black, with embroidered logo on the front and a clasp adjustment on the back, this will fit everyone from old pumpkin-bonce the editor down to our model, young George here… though he’s got fluff and whatnot all over his. They’re just £10.95, and you can get yours from – follow the Shop link.

Lido Anthony ‘Lee’ Iacocca, October 15th, 1924-July 2nd, 2019

Few names have been more important in Detroit’s post-war history than that of Lee Iacocca. His leadership brought us icons ranging from the Ford Mustang to the Caravan/Voyager mini-van, and he was instrumental in saving the Chrysler group from almost certain bankruptcy in the late Seventies. He died from complications arising from Parkinson’s Disease. He was 94 years old.

Sneaky Snake

The new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will be the most powerful street-legal Ford ever produced, boasting 760hp and from its supercharged V8…

Roush In A Rush

Roush Performance’s 650hp Nitemare F-150 has just become the world’s quickest production truck. The 4×4 regular cab hit 60mph from a standing start, in full showroom trim, in 3.9 seconds, with the SuperCrew extended cab version just behind on 4.1 seconds…


Once again, the VW Beetle has ended production in Mexico. The last car rolled off the production line in VW’s Puebla plant on July 10th, and will go into the nearby VW heritage museum.

North Star!

You may have heard the rumours … and they’re true! The old York Raceway is making tentative steps towards recovery! With a new start and a new name – Melbourne Raceway – there’s going to be a Revival event on August 3rd and 4th, and they’re looking for as many of the old faces to come along as possible. New ones welcome too, of course. After a long period of neglect, a recent volunteer work party managed to get a single-lane eighth ready for some solo runs, and if this ‘feeler’ event, running under the auspices of Straightliners, gets the support it deserves then, who knows? There could be plenty more to come … Find out more and pledge your support – search Melbourne Raceway on Facebook. Let’s get drag racing back in the north!

Nomad GoMad

If you’re quick off the mark, you’ve still got time to get along to the Nomad Street Racer Shootout at Elvington on Saturday, July 27th. The rules have been flexed a little to allow more folks to enter, so search Nomad Street Racer Shootout on Facebook for more.

Why not get yourself kitted out in some Nomad gear and score some cool points? Screen-printed on premium quality Fruit Of The Loom shirts, with the fireball logo on the front and a tyre-sizzlin’ message on the back, they’re guaranteed to knock 0.2 of a second off your ET. Add a Nomad full-colour die-cut sticker to your car and make it a full 0.25. Tees are £14.50 each in S through to XXL plus £3.50 P&P, and stickers are £1.85. Please note that the fine lady, beer and crash helmet are not included. See Nomad Drag Racing Club or email for details.