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Street ‘N’ Strip Issue 25

Street 'N' Strip Issue 25
No Prep Race #2 Lancaster Raceway, Lincolnshire- May 4th Words: Paul Marston/Jerry Cookson, photography: Dunk Rose, DR Photography As we entered the month of May, no one could have predicted that we would get the same weather at the same place as we did just a few weeks before. Well, on Saturday, May 4th, that’s exactly what we got for No Prep True Street and Pro Street. To say the conditions at East Kirkby’s Lancaster Raceway were trying would have been an understatement. Right from the get-go, the airfield got blitzed with a lot of rain, hailstones and a biting cold wind. Not ideal drag racing conditions but, after all, this is No Prep. You get the picture! Naturally, the forecasted weather kept a number of racers away but the hardcore half dozen who did turn up certainly had an interesting race. This was my first visit to ...

Street ‘N’ Strip Issue 23

Street 'N' Strip Issue 23
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 ...

Street ‘N’ Strip Issue 21

Street 'N' Strip Issue 21
Straight Talk with Jerry Cookson With the start of the straight line season just weeks away, the racing calendar is beginning to take shape with a multitude of entertaining events coming up to wet that fevered ‘no racing until when?!’ brow! Given the recent announcements made during the winter lay-off, there’s still renewed enthusiasm in the workshops for finishing that long and sometimes forgotten drag strip project car. The Modified Ford 100E Challenge looks particularly interesting, especially as there are still many Fords of this ilk being modded or RWYBrunged in this day and age at some stage in their lives; shades of the old Four Pot and Rover V8 Challenges from way back when. With the series being contested over five rounds at selected themed events at Santa Pod, I wish the organisers Scot Collin and Sean ‘Pop’ Doyle well with this concept, especially as the ...

Street ‘N’ Strip Issue 19

Street 'N' Strip Issue 19
The Word Of Pod Santa Pod Raceway are pleased to announce the addition of no fewer than six brand new events to our already busy calendar, making for one jam-packed 2019 season here at the track! The Springspeed Nationals on May 4th-5th is chronologically the first of the new line-up. The name is a fond tip of the hat to the recently closed Shakespeare County Raceway, as the Northamptonshire venue takes on the mantle of running a championship event over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. The Springspeed Nats is supported by the Green Light Nationals on August 17th-18th, another National Sportsman Drag racing event, in the peak of summer. Fast Show fans can rejoice at the addition of Fast Show Reloaded on June 30th. For vehicles of all shapes and sizes, the ...

Street ‘N’ Strip Issue 17

Street 'N' Strip Issue 17
Straight Talk with Jerry Cookson, photography by TOG at Eurodragster.com   Have you ever wondered to yourself, what happens to old race cars? Well some get a reprieve and a new lease of life, some end up being broken apart or get forgotten about in some dark corner of a shed or a barn, while others find their way into museums and private collections to be loved and cherished. So, on a recent trip to East Kirkby, Lincolnshire, for a motorcycle sprint meeting, imagine my surprise when I walked through the doors of Boston’s Bubblecar Museum to find Jonny Smith’s Flux Capacitor! The world’s quickest Street Legal EV car; but was it the most feared in Street Eliminator? Originally built in the Sixties by Enfield Automotive under the ownership of Greek millionaire, Giannis Goulandris, ...

Street ‘N’ Strip -Issue 15

Street 'N' Strip -Issue 15
Straight Talk with Jerry Cookson  With the loss, this year, of Shakey, North Weald and York Raceway, it’s not often that we can report about a new venue to the scene opening later this month. But I’m happy to report that we can this month, thanks to the efforts of Jason King (no, not him off Department S) and Straightliners boss, Trevor Duckworth. The new strip at Albermarle Barracks, near Newcastle-on-Tyne (or to give the place its correct name, Hurricane Raceway) is all set for its inaugural opening on September 29th-30th and is open to cars and bikes for RWYB. Albermarle Barracks was first established on the site of former RAF Ouston airbase in 1970, and was occupied by the Junior Signalmans Wing of 11 Signal Regiment. Its runways, which used to echo ...

Street ‘N’ Strip -Issue 13

Street 'N' Strip -Issue 13
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 ...

Street ‘N’ Strip -Issue 11

Street 'N' Strip -Issue 11
The Word of Pod Spring has sprung, and, here at The Pod, we are gearing up for Round One of the FIA/FIM European 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 (25th-28th) and witness the crème de la crème of drag racing hit the world-famous quarter mile, with over 200 teams, from 17 classes, representing over 14 countries. Topping the bill are the iconic, nitro-burning 300mph Top Fuel Dragsters, which accelerate from 0-100mph in less than a second! This hugely popular extravaganza includes the monstrous Pro Mods, Pro Stock, Top Methanol, Top Fuel Bike, Nostalgia Funny Cars and, of course, features flame-throwing, thunderous jet action with both FireForce 3 and Firestorm in hot pursuit. If you fancy ...

Street ‘N’ Strip -Issue 9

Street 'N' Strip -Issue 9
Stop Press! Due to ongoing work on the track, Dial-In Day at Santa Pod on March 3rd has had to be postponed until May 7th, May Bank Holiday Monday. See www.RWYB.com for details. The Word Of Pod Easter comes early this year, and Santa Pod’s season-opening Festival Of Power, over the weekend of March 30th to April 1st, will mark a new chapter in the Raceway’s history. After 52 years as an asphalt racetrack, Santa Pod goes all-concrete for the new season. The Festival Of Power will see the new quarter-mile put to the test, as drag racers on two and four wheels subject it to serious competition for the first time. Experience the unmistakable sights, sounds and smells of not one but three ground shaking Top Fuel Dragsters thundering down the track; your ...

Street ‘N’ Strip -Issue 7

Street 'N' Strip -Issue 7
The Word of Pod 2018 is going to be a very exciting year at Santa Pod Raceway! Trakbak CEO, Keith Bartlett (KB), is pleased to announce the undertaking of a major new project that will be a landmark in the continuing development and improvement of Santa Pod Raceway. Construction of a brand new full quarter mile concrete track, in partnership with Knights Construction Group, is well underway. KB is expecting big things for the season ahead – “This is a very significant investment, heading towards £1m, and I believe it shows our commitment to the sport of drag racing, and to the racers in particular. I am confident that we will start the 2018 season with an extremely fast track – possibly to become one of the best tracks in the world.” Though ...

Street ‘N’ Strip -Issue 5

Street 'N' Strip -Issue 5
Shakey Talk with Jerry Cookson As the 44th season of racing at Long Marston draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on the last big Shakey event: the NSRA Hot Rod Drags. No doubt the Drags will be getting its spot in these pages (see p66! – DS) but for me, up there in the tower with my buddy, Shaun Wilson, the high spot – and I do truly mean the high spot – was the mountain-climbing wheelstand achieved by Matt Fuller at the butterfly tiller of the injected Wild Bunch Funny Car, Oblivion. Although the nine-second Hillman Avenger altered has tried to climb before, no way had it hit these dizzy heights. The only damage sustained was a bent tube axle and damaged front wheel arches when it came down ...

Street ‘N’ Strip -Issue 3

Street 'N' Strip -Issue 3
Shakey Talk with Jerry Cookson I’m sure by now most Street Machine readers will know that Shakey supports a thriving Bracket Racing programme with the motorcycle class bracket added in recent months. Since we started in 2010 (that’s some 17 years ago)(Are you sure?! – DS) we’ve seen many winners in our start line Victory Lane celebrations; some new and some repeat winners. But the most popular came just a few months ago from the aptly named Bert & Ernie Racing Team led by Pete Lane and his buddy Dave Coombes. Both are petrolheads through and through, leading to the formation of their locally based team which now includes family and friends. Recently Dave’s wife Nina has been desperate to get her hands on one of Shakey’s special Bracket Race trophies and show ...

Street ‘N’ Strip -Issue 1

Street 'N' Strip -Issue 1
Shakey Talk with Jerry Cookson It’s ironic that, roughly four weeks ago, I was leafing through some old record covers and tucked inside one of my drag racing LPs from the Seventies was a floppy 45rpm EP disc which was given away free by the original Street Machine magazine. Then, just a few weeks later, I get a call from editor Dave informing me that the title would be re-launching sometime around the time of the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals and would I like to be involved, to which I said yes… hence why you’re reading this now. Reading Street Machine had a great influence in my younger life like many other people’s lives in the custom and drag racing scene. It was fun reading Mike Collins’ Hot Gossip column every month and I ...