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 Lancaster Raceway – I had to miss the previous month’s race due to work commitments; consequently I had to buy all the No Prep crew breakfast! The track at East Kirkby is outstanding and is just right for our form of racing. Although the track has been used by Trevor Duckworth’s Straightliners for many years now, the surface has plenty of grip for the cars, as the American Super Stock racers found out the previous month. The facility carries a lot of potential, with plenty of unrestricted pit space for both car and bike racers.

The day was run in what I would call ‘mildly moist’ conditions, but as everyone was on treaded tyres, the racers came up to me and said, “We’re all up for this, so let’s go racing, No Prep style!”

The rounds were run fairly fast and furious, in our usual format of three rounds back-to-back with everyone meeting each other once on a rolling points board. With all the rounds in progress there appeared to be a clear leader, and that was none other than Stour on the Wold’s Pete Lane with ‘Back Up Bob,’ his trusty Barracuda. In one real tight race, the video footage had to come into play and run several times to determine the winner. But well done, Pete, you overcame the conditions to take the overall win and the trophy back to the Cotswolds. Hard fought and well deserved.

Second place went to Dave Wiggins and his matt black, small-block, nitrous assisted ‘66 Chevy Nova. In actual fact this was Dave’s second No Prep Trophy, having won the inaugural No Prep Nationals at North Weald in 2017.

No Prep returns to East Kirkby (hopefully in better conditions) on Saturday, September 7th. As always, our thanks to Trevor Duckworth and his Straightliners crew for hosting us, and all the No Prep Crew. Last, but by no means least, all our competitors who braved the conditions; all had a great time. Much respect to you all. For details about the No Prep Series, please like our No Prep Drag Racing Facebook page, email, or call Paul on 07831 650230.

Word Of Pod

The 26th Mopar EuroNationals Muscle Car bash, over the weekend of August 2nd to 4th, will be popular as always. This year we celebrate everything 1969 as we look back on the 50th anniversary of those ground-pounding performance cars of the time! On track will be the awesome Pro Mod cars, backed up by Nostalgia Super Stock, Gasser Circus and the highly enjoyable Wheels-Up competition, with plenty of strip time for Run What Ya Brung over three days. Take 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?

All American cars, British classics, hot rods and any traditional V8-powered period vehicles are welcome; we also warmly welcome car club stands and displays. Friday and Saturday night see live bands hit the stage in Fuelers Bar. Unfortunately, there will be no cruise this year; however, a firm favourite returns….

Outlaw Street Round OS-1

NSRA Nostalgia Nationals, Santa Pod – May 10th-12th

The first round of the series is historically known as ‘sandbag Saturday’: everyone has spent the winter talking up all of their upgrades only to play it down as no-one wants to set a blinding PB at round one only to have to spend the rest of the season chasing it… but it never works, as everyone gets on the start line, the drag racer in them takes over and the PBs start sneaking in. This was the case for OS-7 Howard Wright in his Ford Ranchero with a 15.44 @ 92mph, and OS-56 Doug Harwood in his blown 440 Barracuda with a 10.51 @ 131.81mph.

The Nostalgia Nationals is a long-standing favourite event for Outlaw Street, with its laid back attitude and focus on old school drag racing. The pre-1972 cut off meant members with later model cars came for the weekend to crew for those with earlier toys and spend a bit of time spectating rather than spannering for once. We had no end of new members come and say hi, whether they were racing or not – with almost 100 cars signed on for this season, it took all weekend to try and remember who was who. With over 20 eligible cars running and 40 members in total attending the weekend, it was a cracking start to the season.

One of the new members was OS-54 Luke Hersee in his stunning small-block Chevy powered pick-up. This was Luke’s first ever weekend with OS and his first ever time racing on the strip, but with pointers and crewing from all he was quickly addicted. He spent the best part of the weekend racing until a broken UJ on the start line cut it short, but his efforts didn’t go unrewarded as he picked up an NSRA ‘Spirit of the Event’ Award, and is already planning repairs to be back out for Round 2.

The Joe & Co-sponsored Fastest RT engraved tankard and £25 prize money is back for each round of the 2019 series, with the first win of the season going to OS-7 Howard Wright in his Ford Ranchero with a 0.0965 RT.

Top Five Reaction Times

  1. OS-7 Howard Wright, Ford Ranchero, 0.0965 RT
  2. OS-68 David Mahoney, Chevrolet Camaro, 0.1416
  3. OS-66 Pete Lane, Plymouth Barracuda, 0.1812
  4. OS-87 Jason Clark, Pontiac Le Mans, 0.1924
  5. OS-34 Gary Carr, Chevrolet Camaro, 0.2315

As it’s the 10th Anniversary year of Outlaw Street, we’ve commissioned a special 10th birthday logo from one of Craig Dixon at Altered Tees’ US artists. This will go on members T-shirts and hoodies, so look out for it trackside this season. If you’d like to know more about Outlaw Street, or fancy joining the fun for the 2019 series, you can follow us on Facebook – search Outlaw Street UK – and read more on the forum.