with Jerry Cookson
This month’s random delve into the Street Machine archive takes us to 1990 and your favourite magazine’s backing of York Raceway’s annual Street Racer Championships. With a cash prize of a grand put up by long time northern drag racing sponsors, Kingston Medical Gasses, the main aim of the race was to find the quickest street legal doorslammer running on street tyres.
Although the unpredictable British summer time put a few drivers off from making the journey to the north, nine racers made the first round call, headed by top qualifier Dennis Boyle and his flamed ‘Dennis the Menace’ Pop at 11.03 over former champion and fuel Funny Car hot shot, Bill Sherratt, at the wheel of the ex-Nick Mann Minor (11.17). Also tagging along was Dave Pearce at the wheel of his red oxide Poncho-powered Pop (11.28), the incredible low riding ‘Street Lethal’ Mustang of Brian Peach (11.51), and Lee Huxley’s Model B Roadster at 11.74.
By the semis, Dennis the Menace was down as favourite, but he didn’t reckon on the lightning reactions of Dave Pearce. Despite a brave effort playing catch-up, his 10.97 couldn’t reel in Dave’s 11.11. On the other side of the ladder, Sherratt drilled John Yardley’s Marcos at the tree as the Minor sprinted to a winning 11.34 to a losing 13.71.
With one race to go everyone knew that the final, a north v south grudge race, was going to go down to the wire. In the event, Sherratt twitched violently, sending him towards the centre advertising boards, but in the end ran out of real estate as Pearce took the win, a swig of champagne and a cool 1,000 smackers, and an easy 11.127 at 123mph over Bill’s losing 12.93.
So, yet again, the winning combination turned out to be the day’s underdog, with Dave showing that you don’t have to own the quickest and fastest car to be victorious.
Word Of Pod
As the 2019 season draws to a close and we hunker down for the winter, here at The Pod we are busy planning and gearing up for next year’s calendar. And what a year we have in store!
As ever, Santa Pod Raceway’s calendar promises to astound and excite with action-packed, adrenaline fueled, full-throttle spectacles both on and off the track. As well as all your familiar favourites, we see the return of our new multi marque events, two new National Drag Racing Championship events along with the colossal Doorslammers; 2020 is going to be one hell of a season with over 60 events featured throughout the year!
For the latest news, events and to book discounted Early Bird tickets (from November 1st), visit www.santapod.com or call 01234 782828.
Samta Pods Essential 2020 events not to be missed!
Festival of Power, April 10th-12th An action-packed Easter weekend for the whole family, featuring the famous annual Jet Car Shootout! See the awesome Nitro Funny Cars, 300mph Top Fuel Dragsters and the National Drag Racing Championships. Plus, a full line up of displays and attractions including Monster Trucks, stunts, sideshows, trade village and more.
Springspeed Nationals, May 2nd-3rd National Drag Racing Championship event, with a huge variety of race cars and bikes that will keep the track action packed all day long.
Doorslammers, May 15th-17th Huge cash pay-outs attracting the best Doorslammers in Europe. The quickest cars go head to head, including the unlimited Pro Doorslammer class, the True Street class, Big Bracket and FWD. For entry and other info visit www.thedoorslammers.co.uk
The Main Event FIA/FIM European Drag Racing Championships, May 22nd-25th The Spring Bank Holiday weekend presents Round 1 of the eagerly anticipated FIA/FIM European Drag Racing Championships. This hugely popular extravaganza features over 250 teams across 17 classes of cars and bikes. Witness ground-shaking, nitro-burning, 10,000-horsepower Top Fuel Dragsters accelerating from 0-100mph in less than a second, 200mph Drag Bikes, plus a full range of supporting classes. The Main Event is unrivalled for both the quality and quantity of racing. With the famous Jet Car, Monster Trucks and Live Action Arena shows, this is the ultimate adrenaline-inducing family day out with a difference.
The Ford Show, July 5th The blue oval takes over Santa Pod with Fords old and new. The Ford-only RWYB will showcase some of the finest and fastest Fords from all over Europe. The Ford Drag Demos will be here to put on a show with some of them running well into the seven second zone. We also have club displays, live entertainment, stunts and lots more! See www.fordshow.co.uk.
Dragstalgia – The 10th Anniversary, July 10th-12th A vintage lifestyle weekend dedicated to race cars, bikes and hot rods from a bygone era. Enjoy Championship racing with the headlining Cannonball class for supercharged nitro and alcohol fuelled Altereds and Funny Cars, the Slingshot Showdown, period correct Gasser Circus, invited historic bikes and lots more. See vehicles from Santa Pod’s illustrious history return to the strip. Plus live music, Jet Car, show’n’shine with the NSRA, Vintage Fair, Cracklefest, beer festival and much more. See www.dragstalgia.co.uk.
Green Light Nationals, August 22nd-23rd National Drag Racing Championship event in the peak of the British summer, with a huge variety of race cars and bikes that will keep the track action packed all day long.
The Euro Finals FIA/FIM European Drag Racing Championships, September 10th-13th Santa Pod’s most prestigious drag racing event features over 250 of Europe’s finest teams. Witness the awesome power of 300mph Top Fuel Dragsters, 200mph Drag Bikes and over 20 supporting classes. See Europe’s elite do battle on the quarter-mile in a bid to be crowned 2020 European Champion. A full schedule of family-style entertainment is lined up away from the track, with the Live Action Arena show featuring Monster Truck and stunt displays. The Friday Nitro Session provides a rare opportunity to witness drag racing at dusk and header flames galore with a grand finale of Jet Cars and fireworks.
Flame & Thunder, October 31st An action-packed day for all the family featuring motorsport stunts and drag racing. Witness a 300mph Nitro-guzzling Top Fuel Dragster, jet vehicles galore and drag racing demos. Stunt displays include Monster Trucks and stunt riders. Plus funfair, live stage, bonfire and huge firework finale!
Outlaw Street Round 5
Mopar Euronationals, Santa Pod Raceway, August 2nd-4th
Words: Mark Wallington, photography: Adam Pritchard
There’s only one word to explain Round 5 at the Euronats: HUGE. We had a HUGE turnout of members racing, crewing and spectating, and by huge I mean 65+ members, with 40 cars racing over the weekend. We also had a HUGE number of members running PBs, including three, yes, three, members running in the eights. That’s three regularly street driven cars all hitting into the eights, something 10 years ago, when we first started Outlaw Street, I’d never have thought feasible. There was also a HUGE turnout of muscle cars, show cars, race cars – the sun definitely brought everyone out en masse, which did also lead to HUGE queues in the fire-up lanes. But, when the sun’s shining, the banter is flying and there’s tons of American iron to look at, there’s a lot worse places to spend a few hours.
With racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there was plenty of time for spannering and racing. Saturday night we held a HUGE BBQ for members, pit-side neighbours and anyone who walked past without a hotdog or beer in their hands. Needless to say, the BBQ team were cooking late into the night, and the base camp became a base planet with everyone from afar bringing a chair to join in the banter and beer.
Several members suffered the usual malady of mechanical gremlins across the weekend but with more willing hands than you could count, pretty much any, and all, problems were fixed in the pits.
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5 Fastest Reactions
1. 0.0263 RT – OS-69 Gary Semper, Pontiac Firebird
2. 0.1023 – OS-27 Joe Baxter, Ford Capri
3. 0.1275 – OS-87 Jason Clark, Pontiac Le Mans
4. 0.1486 – OS-88 Dave Mears, Pontiac Firebird
5. 0.1976 – OS-91 Pete Wise, Fox Mustang
6. 0.1997 – OS-93 Nina Coombes, Lexus
Table 2019, As
of Round 5
1. 861 points – OS-66 Pete Lane, Barracuda
2. 691 – OS-27 Joe Baxter, Ford Capri
3. 690 – OS-68 Dave Mahoney, Camaro
4. 677 – OS-74 Arnie Pamment, Mustang
5. 642 – OS-69 Gary Semper, Firebird
6. 629 – OS-87 Jason Clarke, Le Mans
7. 624 – OS-93 Nina Coombes, Lexus
8. 463 – OS-60 Russ Pursley, Dutton
9. 454 – OS-63 Terry Attree, Monte Carlo
10. 451 – OS-32 Pete Jackson, ’32 Coupe