News Issue 29

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Pic: Alice Fairhead

Streetfighters UK have found a new, long-term home for their eighth-mile no-prep drags, at Deenethorpe Airfield, near Corby (NN17 3AN), a spit away from Rockingham. The first meeting will be over the weekend of November 2nd-3rd, there’s camping available, on-site snack bar and burger van, and racing until 9pm on the Saturday with no noise restrictions. There’s a cash-prize eliminator, plus grudge betting, and 10% of everything goes to a homeless charity. Gaffer, John Murray, and his track manager, Owen Forrest, have really pulled something out of the hat for grass-roots drag racing in the UK, and hopefully they’ve found a good home for many years to come. Be sure to give them your support. You’ll find more by searching Streetfighters Productions on Facebook.

Life-Saver

This year, the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Bill Simpson, founder of Simpson Performance Products and Impact! Racing. A former racing driver, Simpson’s safety innovations include the modern fire suit, driver restraint systems and helmets, and the drag racing parachute.

BDRHoF chairman, Stu Bradbury, said Simpson had “done more than any other parts supplier to innovate the products that help save racers’ lives.” Simpson said, “It’s now 58 years since I first started experimenting using parachutes to stop cars from high speed, and over half a century since I first made a fire-resistant suit for drivers to wear. I didn’t set out to make safety equipment; I just wanted to come up with something that would save lives. I was in the right place at the right time and I made a good quality product.”

The BDRHoF Lifetime Achievement award is sponsored by Mopar Performance, itself a previous recipient of the award. Pietro Gorlier, Global Head of Mopar Parts & Service, said, “We are proud to support an award that highlights the people or organisations that have helped develop the sport to the level it is today.” The award will be presented at the BDRHoF Gala Awards Dinner on November 23rd – find out more at www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk.

MoparNet

Incidentally, the new UK Mopar e-store is now open, selling over 6,000 genuine Mopar spare parts and 2,000 accessories. Don’t expect dual-quads for Hemis, though; these are parts for Fiat, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Abarth and Fiat Professional vehicles. See www.moparstore.co.uk, and if you order before October 31st, there’s free shipping.

Hound Off The Leash

As this mag went to press, the Bloodhound land speed record car was arriving in South Africa for some shakedown runs in the vast Hakskeenpan desert, in the Northern Cape. Powered by a Rolls-Royce EJ2000 Eurofighter Typhoon jet engine developing nine tonnes of thrust (about 54,000hp), the team plan to do 13 runs over the next few months, increasing in 50mph increments, to see how it behaves at 500mph before adding a rocket (!) for the land speed record attempt itself 12-18 months later.

Linc Back

While setting out Steve’s feature on Lee Saywell’s Pro Street Corsair in this issue, I was idly wondering why Corsair was such a short-lived name for Ford and, previously, Edsel. Well, shag me bandy if, within a week, I received a press release about the new 2020-model Lincoln Corsair! Based on the Ford Escape, it’s a two-row SUV powered by 2.0 or 2.3-litre turbo four-pot engines so, sadly, the name is the most interesting thing about it…

Tops Off

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

Following on from GM’s announcement that the new 2020 Corvette C8 will be mid-engined, they recently added that the ’20 ‘Vette convertible will, in fact, be a retractable hardtop. It takes 16 seconds to go from closed to open, and doesn’t take up any luggage space.