News Issue 21

Class Act

Lucas Oil UK has launched a roadshow for schools to grab the attention of young people. Launched in January, the Lucas Oil Roadshow for Schools has been conceived and established by two UK drag racers who are currently sponsored by the Lucas Oil brand: Tony Betts, owner and driver of the Venom Racing Team funny car, and land speed record holder Geof Stilwell, whose story was in last issue.

The first ever Lucas Oil Roadshow for Schools took place recently at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School in Buckinghamshire, the theme being the “Appliance of Science”. In two presentations, around 400 senior school students aged 16-17 learned how science and technology has been applied to automotive applications. Other schools around the UK will later get the chance to host similar events, so any interested schools should contact

Best Of The ‘Fest

American SpeedFest will have its biggest ever racing line-up when it returns to Brands Hatch on June 1st-2nd, with NASCAR racing and no fewer than five American-themed support race classes. The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (NWES) will headline the action, as ever, with four thrill-a-minute stock car races across the weekend.

The NWES is Europe’s only officially endorsed NASCAR championship, complete with colourful V8 machinery and plenty of contact. For the first time ever, the line-up will include both the UK-based Legends and Pickup Truck Championships. Legends cars hark back to the beginning of NASCAR, with scaled-down hot rods, whilst the Pickup Trucks are similar to the Craftsman machines that race on oval circuits in the USA.

One of the highlights of the support race line-up will be Bernie’s V8s, which has featured at every edition of the event to date, with a grid of growling muscle cars in an Anglo-American battle royale. Single-seaters return to the SpeedFest too, with powerful V8 F5000s from the Seventies – this series celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Tickets are on sale now priced from £19, with under-13s free, so see for details.

100 Years On The Tools

Did you know that Draper Tools are celebrating 100 years in business in 2019? Established in 1919 by Bert Draper, the company is still family owned, today run by the fourth generation of the Drapers, and has a range of more than 11,000 product lines.

They have some plans for a year-long centenary celebration, too, with exclusive promotions, competitions and special edition 100th anniversary products at special offer prices. They’ll also be fundraising for Care For Veterans, a charity also founded in 1919 to care for those returning from WW1, but just as important today. Find out more at, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Break With Tradition

As the 2019 season-opening shows draw ever closer, one you mustn’t forget is the Spring Break weekender at Stonham Barns with the Knucklebusters. Founded by Brett Hawksbee, and now in its ninth year, this event has a laid-back, friendly, blow-away-the-cobwebs vibe for all connoisseurs of rods, Yanks, bikes and kustom kulture.

The main Sunday show’n’shine is for pre-1973 vehicles, with a separate area for later ‘special interest’ vehicles, and there’ll be the figure-of-eight grass track, Mr D’s slot car drags, John Price on the mic, music, traders, and even meerkats… It happens over the weekend of April 28th-29th at Stonham Barns, Suffolk, with advance tickets from £20 per person; under-12s go free. See for details.


Get way back to the Seventies with some extremely groovy retro-styled Street Machine wear! Sporting the classic SM masthead from back in the day, there are black or white mesh-back baseball caps, and T-shirts featuring a mighty ‘shorty’ custom van that you may recognise… Go to the ‘shop’ link for more details.