NDRCs first meeting at Snetterton circuit, Norfolk. The final round of the Castrol/RAC National championship, and a round of the STP/Custom Car Championship for Pro Stock and Super Street. Many of the unfinished eliminations from the rained off Silverstone meeting two weeks earlier were completed. In the held over Silverstone Top Bike elimination Keith Parnell got through to the final by beating Brian Chapman's Vincent. T C Christenson then ran 8.91/143 against Norman Hyde, whose bike refused to start. In the final Christenson took the win with an 8.84/146 to a 10.29/123 from Parnell. Among the other Silverstone results decided were Senior Bike, which went to John Jacques with a 10.36/134 after Mick Butler's clutch cable snapped when the bike was started, and Middle Bike, which saw a 10.00/136 win for Ted Dunmow's Paper Tiger Triumph over an 11.33/117 from John Cheadle's Yamaha.
Four Top Fuel cars were entered but this was reduced to three when Dennis Priddle broke the rear axle on a qualifier. So, it was decided to run a round robin. Clive Skilton in the newly repaired Castrol GTX car beat Malcolm Quick in the Revolution 3 car, 7.20/192 to 17.38/141. Roz Prior then ran 7.30/200 to inflict a second defeat on Quick. The final race caused confusion as Skilton’s engine died before he had staged, and then Prior red lit on her way to 7.28/208. In the Top Comp/Funny Car eliminator Allan Herridge in Stardust put in a 7.06/202 which made him quickest qualifier. This was the first and only time Roy Phelps sent one of his major cars to an NDRC event. Dennis Priddle ran his Avenger to a 7.48/192 for second spot. Third was Dave Stone in Tee Rat with a 7.8/180. Ed Shaver ran a 9s pass in the rear-engined flopper and Roland Pratt clocked a 9.5. Mike Hall didn't run and Keith Harvie retired with a blown gearbox seal. The two top qualifiers then pulled out of proceedings in order to run a two round match race. This gave Stone a bye run to the final, which he took with an 8.53/143. In the Shaver/Pratt pairing Shaver bogged off the line giving Pratt the advantage, but the bump in the strip unsettled the car, causing it to cross the centre line ahead of Shaver before shutting off. Shaver saw this happen in front of him and shut off to take the win. In the final it was Stone who got the bump lane and, having smoked the tyres on the launch, got wildly out of shape and lost with an 8.34/180 as Shaver took the win with a new personal best of 8.12/161. In the first Funny Car match race, Herridge drew the lane with the bump. Priddle took the race in 7.26/190 as the Stardust car got wildly out of shape. In the second race, the last race of the day, unknown to the two drivers as they tried to stage, somebody had tripped over a battery lead to the Christmas tree and the lights never came on. Somebody then ran into the middle with a couple of flags. Priddle went a few yards and cut the motor, but Herridge in the good lane made a full bore run at 202 mph with a highly dubious ET of 6.48. Gerry Andrews took the final win in Top Dragster before the new Chevrolet powered D B Motors sponsored car of Jeff Morris came out for a solo pass, having broken a halfshaft earlier, and put in a 9.1/166. Clive Page led the way in Senior Comp, clocking a 9.7/150, followed by a 9.4/144, the quickest ETs ever recorded for a carbureted petrol burning car in any class. Freeman Rodgers was second with a 10.8 which he repeated in the first round against a 12.7 from the Dickson Oldsmobile Pop. Page made his way to the final with a 9.9 win over a 10.8 from Dick Sharpe's Pontiac A35. In the final Page wheelied off the line and took the win with a 10.7 to Rodgers 11.45. Middle Comp went to Bob Messent's Stripteaser with an 11.25 over a 12.7 from the Vauxhall Altered of Keith Harvie (a different Keith Harvie to the Top Comp racer). The Pro Stock and Super Street classes were amalgamated and it was Colin Mullan's Dodge that took the title with a 9.9. Dennis Stone was runner up in the Chevy Escort. The eight machines in the Top Bike eliminations included the 250cc Honda of Mick Hand, who qualified with a personal best of 10.08/134, but in the first round he pulled a red light against Bob Webster. T C Christenson defeated a 9.78/142 from John Clift with a new European best of 8.81/156. Keith Parnell beat Brian Chapman, for the second time in a day, with a 9.40/147, and Mick Butler, who had qualified with a 9.95, beat Ted Dunmow with a 9.39/144. Parnell ran a new personal best in the first semi final of 9.35/146, but an 8.89/155 from Christenson took him into the final. In the other semi Butler took the win after a red light from Webster. In the final Butler's Super Cyclops twin Norton, using a five inch wide slick for the first time, dug in hard on the launch and produced a massive wheelie. Butler backed off slightly and chased after Christenson, who took the win with a 9.02/155 to a 9.69/144. In Senior Bike number one qualifier John Jacques took his Triumph to a first round win against Brian Smith with a 9.93/131, a personal best and his first nine second run. He improved further in the semis with a 9.90/140 defeat of John Lloyds VW powered machine, and, in the final, a 9.76/136 victory against Clive Liddiard's Vincent. Middle bike was won by the Triumph of Bob Beckworth with an 11.91/105 as opponent Terry Fisher red lit. In Street Bike Terry Revill took the win when Dave Rawlins red lit. Revill offered a re-run, and Rawlins red lit again, leaving Revill to take the win with an 11.91/110. In Junior Bike Brian Eastman took his 500 Triumph to a 12.90/103 win over the Mutant Triumph powered Lambretta of Robin Read who ran a 15.10/83.
(Original entry by Clive Rooms. Updates by Trakbytes)
This meeting drew the circuits biggest crowd of the year, larger than all the roundy roundy meetings! The "somebody" who ran into the track with the flags turns out to have been long-time Trakbytes contributor Steve Collins who had been the NDRC starter for two years at that point.