The Word Of Pod
Spring has sprung, and here at The Pod, we are gearing up for Round One of the FIA/FIM European Drag Racing Championships. The Main Event is one of Santa Pod’s most prestigious drag racing meetings. We pull into the fast lane this May Bank Holiday to witness the crème de la crème of drag racing hit the world-famous quarter mile, featuring more than 200 teams in 17 classes.
Topping the bill are the iconic nitro burning 300mph Top Fuel Dragsters, which accelerate from 0-100mph in less than one second! This hugely popular extravaganza includes the monstrous Pro Mods, Pro Stock, Top Methanol, Top Fuel Bike, Nostalgia Funny Cars, plus the cream of Swedish Top Doorslammers will be competing in an invitational exhibition race. And of course, flame-throwing, thunderous jet action is promised with both FireForce 3 Jet Funny Car and Split Second Jet Dragster in hot pursuit.
If you fancy a change of pace away from the strip, the off-track entertainment is just as compelling with the stunt infested Live Action Arena featuring the Maltese masters of drifting, Team Maximum Lock, Monster Truck mayhem from Podzilla and Swamp Thing, breathtaking stunts and antics from Adrenaline Tour’s Jason Smyth and Backdraft, the Wheelie Fire Truck plus, last but not at all least, the Human Cannonball!
So buckle up, hold on tight and join us this May Bank Holiday, May 24th-27th, to enjoy a weekend full of high-octane, exciting family entertainment! Visit www.santapod.com for more information and to book tickets online, or telephone 01234 782828. As ever, under-16s are admitted free, overnight camping is free and there’s free access to the pits for a close-up view of Pro stars and Sportsman hobbyists alike. If you’re not yet a drag racing aficionado, give The Main Event a try.
Words: Mark Wallington
The 2018 prize night was held over the weekend of November 10th (yes, weekend) at The Crown Lodge Hotel in Cambridgeshire. Forty members travelled the length and breadth of the country for the prize night weekend (yes, it really is that good a weekend).A Saturday afternoon of chilling out, drinks and banter was followed by a hosted evening of amazing food, petrolhead quizzes with prizes, raffle draws from crash helmets, oh, and a massive table of trophies, presentations and awards won throughout the 2018 series.The trophies included an array of amazing engraved works by HRG Services and hand crafted and designed trophies by Mark Holmes.
Host and compere for the evening was yours truly, but this year the gauntlet to design, create and deliver ‘THE petrol-head quiz of the year’ was passed from myself to OS member Arnie Pamment, who did an amazing job and has now got the role for life.
Joe & Co Sponsored Fastest Reaction Time Round Winners 2018
- Round One – OS-27 Joe Baxter, Ford Capri, 0.1687
- Round Two – OS-20 Jason Clarke, Pontiac Le Mans, 0.1812
- Round Three – OS-27 Joe Baxter, Ford Capri, 0.0880
- Round Four – OS-9 Rob Leyman, Chevrolet C10, 0.0535
- Round Five – OS-27 Joe Baxter, Ford Capri, 0.0891
- Round Six – OS-74 Arnie Pamment, Ford Mustang, 0.0676
- Round Seven – OS-69 Gary Semper, Pontiac Firebird, 0.0251
- Round Eight – Os-27 Joe Baxter, Ford Capri, 0.0700
Fastest ET 2018 – 4/6-cylinder class
OS-28 Simon Paul, Nissan GT-R, 10.555 at 131mph
Fastest ET 2018 – V8 class
OS-34 Gary Carr, Chevrolet Camaro, 8.929 at 152mph
Outlaw Street 2018 Hard Luck Award
Every year we award a trophy to the member we think has had a really hard year, but despite the breakages, setbacks and nightmares that racing can sometimes bring, they keep coming back for more. The members nominate the winner of this award, and the 2018 award went to OS-26 George Ralph in his Triumph GT6.
Spirit Of The Outlaw 2018
We renamed the ‘Spirit of the Outlaw’ award following the loss of Steve Cervini. It’s awarded to someone who has either worked to support the series and/or other members, or the member that just ‘has the spirit’ and is what Outlaw Street is all about. Previous years’ winners choose the recipient, and they picked this winner because he built his own first race car in little more than a cow shed over last winter, campaigned it all season and broke into the 10s, and is always willing to crew for others and help by ‘breaking out the anvil’. The winner is OS-74 Arnie Pamment with his turbo Fox Mustang.
Outlaw Street 2018 Final Points
The big finale of the prize night, and year, is the end of season league table to see who’ll be crowned champion for the year. With only 53 points spread across eight rounds separating the top six, it just shows how close the 2018 series was.
- Champion – OS-34 Gary Carr, Chevrolet Camaro, 1,106 points
- 2nd – OS-19 David Mahoney, Chevrolet Camaro, 1,102
- 3rd – OS-60 Mick Edelborough, Ford P100, 1,096
- 4th – OS-32 Pete Jackson, ’32 Ford, 1,083
- 5th – OS-69 Gary Semper, Pontiac Firebird, 1,066
- 6th – OS-16 David Searle, Vauxhall Monaro, 1,053
- 7th – OS-26 George Ralph, Triumph GT6, 1,028
- 8th – OS-27 Joe Baxter, Ford Capri, 893
- 9th – OS-74 Arnie Pamment, ‘Crowd Plough’ Mustang, 875
- 10th – OS-12 Barrie Wallis, VW Golf, 873
This year is Outlaw Street’s 10th Anniversary year – yes, that’s right, 10 years! We already have 88 members signed on for the 2019 series, and no, that isn’t a typo; 88 members are currently busy spannering away in their garages up and down the country trying to get ready for the first round of 2019. If you’d like to know more about Outlaw Street, or fancy joining the fun for the 2019 series, you can read more on the forum at www.outlawstreet.co.uk or follow us on Facebook.
Back To Stock
Since the demise of York Raceway at the end of the 2017 season, the hugely successful American Super Stock championship had to sit out 2018. But it’s back…
Wheels were set in motion initially by Alan Perkins (PDRC), and subsequently by Dave Billadeau (A/SS stalwart) and Howard Holmes (A/SS and Nomad Drag Racing Club), followed by discussions with Trevor Duckworth, the protagonist of two-wheel drag racing and sprinting with his Straightliners series. Trevor has offered American Super Stock a four-round championship at Straightliners events in 2019. These are:
Round 1: Saturday, April 13th, at East Kirkby Airfield, Lincolnshire PE23 4BP
Round 2 & 3: June 29th and 30th at Leeds East Airport, near Sherburn-in-Elmet, LS24 9SE. Double-header, overnight camping available
Round 4: Saturday, July 27th, Elvington.
As in previous years, American Super Stock is a dial-your-own-handicap bracket championship. As such A/SS is not just about having the fastest car; indeed, it has always been a very inclusive series, in which any American vehicle is usually acceptable, but the more ‘muscular’, of course, the better. As long as a car or truck is in the spirit of the series, and it’s safe, then it’s OK.
Whose name will be added to the trophy at the end of the season? And who has been holding on to the trophy? We think we know the answer to the latter, but will he be retaining it? There are two previous champions already entered into the first round, so expect the same competitive racing to continue. Follow American Super Stock on Facebook.
Street Racer Returns
Last issue, we said that the No Prep Nationals over the weekend of June 29th and 30th at Leeds East would host the spiritual successor to the old York Street Racer Champs. Things have changed a little. There’ll still be a Street Machine Street Racer Shootout at that event, but the ex-York Street Racer Championship has moved a few miles up the road.
Continuing its quest for drag racing venues and events, the Nomad Drag Racing Club is thrilled to announce the revival of the Street Racer Championship, at Elvington on July 27th. This makes more sense, as it’s closer to its York Raceway origins, both date-wise and geographically.
It is something of a misnomer to call it a championship.It’s a really beastly thrash, with a 16-car field of the UK’s quickest genuine street cars in a rapid-fire shootout. All cars must have tax, MoT and insurance, and must be in road trim. The 16 contenders will be drawn from the hat and paired up, the winner from each round will then return to the fire-up lane for the next round. Cooling down, downloading the data, reapplying your toupee… none of this is going to happen. If you win, you have to keep going through to the final. And, traditionally, bad weather doesn’t stop play either. The Street Racer Championship is for truly fast true street cars, so when the heat is on, red lights light, fan belts get thrown, stuff happens… the fastest car may not be the winning car; anyone can get lucky.
The Street Racer Championship was originally an idea attributed to drag racing legend Dave Grady, and the Nomads are honoured to continue the tradition. If you fancy being the 42nd Street Racer Champion you will need to pre-enter, so get on Facebook and search Nomad Drag Racing Club.