The Word Of Pod
The biggest muscle car, doorslammer event in Europe! All American classics, trucks, modified and muscle cars will be heading to Santa Pod Raceway from July 27th to 29th to celebrate America’s finest, both on and off the track!
The quarter mile will host Round 4 of the MSA Pro Mod Championship, plus we welcome the UK Nostalgia Superstock and American Superstock Racers for 2018, dedicated to the memory of the racers from the Sixties and Seventies – expect “old skool” muscle cars with monstrous V8 power, wheels up launches and very close racing! Classic American magazine join us for the weekend on their quest to find their Car of the Year 2018, while on Sunday, things get smoky down on the start line as we crown Mopar’s Burn Out King. Then, for all you weekenders, we have evening entertainment from Neon Valley and The Mighty Toodle and the Pips over in Fuelers Bar.
1968 Car Corral
As well as celebrating the Euronats’ 25th Anniversary, we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Road Runner, Super Bee and the iconic Coke-bottle Charger; get ready to step back in time to a moment in history when muscle cars ruled the earth… well, tarmac anyway, changing the automotive world practically overnight! Any 1968 model will be welcome in the car corral over the weekend, c’mon team let’s celebrate everything 1968! The Straight Aces rockabilly band will be playing live alongside on Sunday, too.
The drag strip will be ready and waiting for our Run What Ya Brung sessions, which invite you to get your pride and joy out on the track for some full throttle action. If show cars are more your thing, why not put your American beauty on display for all to see in the Show & Shine competition?
So buckle up, hold on tight, and join us this July to enjoy a weekend full of high-octane, all American entertainment! To book your tickets and view the full line-up, please see www.mopareuronats.co.uk, or call 01234 782828. Adult day tickets from £22, weekend tickets from £42 (advance price, booking fees apply), kids under 16 go free (max three per adult).
Straight Talk, with Jerry Cookson
Photography: DR Photography
Last April, I unexpectedly found myself heading across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man, following an invitation from the guys at the Manx Drag Racing Association (MDRA), to attend their Race the Rock event at Jurby Motordrome.
The quarter mile strip, situated on the main disused airfield runway (which, incidentally has no noise issues whatsoever), hasn’t been kept a secret, but, since the late Nineties, has been staging drag racing when Streetfighters magazine along with race organisers, Straightliners, ran a series of bike-only events alongside the yearly Ramsey Sprint during TT fortnight.
The MDRA, run by an enthusiastic group of guys headed by Mac Forbes and Ian Merryweather, of Supercharged Outlaw fame, have been running events at Jurby for eight years or more. Although the strip is more of a pop-up track than a permanent venue, these guys are ambitious enough in furthering the sport as much as they can for the islanders, who are very big into their motorsport as well as the tourism trade in general.
Previously, the likes of the Flavell team have demo’d their Steel River Hot Rod Funny Car alongside Ian’s Outlaw Banzai Fiat Topolino to rave reviews in the local press. Just last year, Nick Brooke-Langham, the ringmaster behind the Gasser Circus, and several teams from Outlaw Anglia took several well-known gassers and Pops out to the island and put on one hell of a display, not only at the track but outside the airfield’s transport museum as well. In fact, wherever they went, they were treated like royalty, which, with the racers who have already made the effort, provides the MDRA with the perfect platform and enthusiasm to market and further develop the drag strip into a viable concern. Okay it’s a few hours away across the water but it’s still in the UK, and without the many mainland restrictions!
Last year, before the start of the season, the track was moved from one end of the runway to the other to accommodate two fresh pads of concrete providing better launches. This year, the guys want to add further new tarmac to cater for proper burnout boxes. The track is wide, with plenty of run-off area at the top end, plus it has a scenic return route back to the pits following the lines of the sprint course.
Drag racing has very definitely got a future on the island, with its rich motorcycling heritage. All it needs is a few more big players from the National series’ to come out and support the three events laid on by Mac and Ian. Ferry deals from Heysham and Liverpool are in place, and can be found at manxdragracing.com. By the time this reaches print, the Tynwald Drags will have taken place, but the biggie happens on the first weekend of September (1st-2nd), for the annual MDRA Drag Festival, where everything comes out to assault the island’s only quarter mile house of speed.
Who knows, with enough support, one day the MDRA will be able to pull off their dream event: a pure nostalgic hot rod drag event and, if that happens, I’ll be there. You can count on it.
Outlaw Street :Round OS-2 Nostalgia Nationals, Santa Pod Raceway
May 11th – 13th
This round was not only a first for Outlaw Street, but also for SPR and the Nostalgia Nationals, having moved due to the closure of Shakespeare County Raceway. Outlaw Street members have, for many, many years, religiously attended the Nostalgia Nats as a weekend ‘get together’, but this is the first year we’ve attended as an OS round, entering as RWYB. With the pre ’72 rule, all the OS ‘oldies’ came out to play, those with later cars leaving them at home and just coming for a weekend’s OS jolly, meaning we ran 10 cars over the weekend with more than 30 members in attendance.
The event was a great success, with the Friday yielding endless track time, although this proved fatal for some who ended up back on the trailer before the weekend had got going. The track was definitely working, with a number of members running close to, and beating, PBs.
The Joe & Co-sponsored Fastest Reaction Time trophy and prize money is back for the 2018 series, with only 0.049 separating the top three.
The top 6 RTs:
- 0.1661 – OS-19 David Mahoney (Camaro)
- 0.1812 – OS-20 Jason Clark (Pontiac Le Mans)
- 0.2154 – OS-26 George Ralph (Triumph GT6)
- 0.2968 – OS-36 Jonny Morris (Ford Anglia)
- 0.3001 – OS-32 Pete Jackson (’32 Coupe)
- 0.3287 – OS-69 Gary Semper (Pontiac Firebird)
Fastest ETs (V8):
- 8.9295 @ 152.62mph, OS-34 Gary Carr (Camaro)
- 9.6529 @ 138.98mph, OS-19 David Mahoney (Camaro)
- 9.7202 @ 136.04mph, OS-36 Jonny Morris (Ford Anglia)
- 10.2326 @ 127.95mph, OS-32 Pete Jackson (32 Coupe)
- 10.7951 @ 13.29mph, OS-38 Steve Curl (Ford Consul)
- 13.6836 @ 98.77mph, OS-69 Gary Semper (Pontiac Firebird)
Fastest ETs (V6 & 4 cylinder):
- 14.5331 @ 93.28, OS-26 George Ralph (Triumph GT6)
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