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|The original Stardust Barracuda
funny car was sold to London Radio DJ Mike Allen. Now called the American
Dream he planned to run it as an 'econo funny' and replaced the Chevrolet
motor with a normally aspirated V8 Ford.
Roz Prior announced her retirement from Drag
Racing due to personal reasons.
||Easter International SPR. Pro
Fuel saw the debut of Dennis Priddles
new Keith Black powered fueler which produced a 6.61/217 on its first run.
Allan Herridge ran a 6.66/218 in
reply while Ronnie Picardo ran 7.46 and Alan Ritmeister made up the four
car field with a 7.69. The first semi saw Priddle beat Picardo 6.53 to 6.80.
The other was an easy 10.05/96 bye run for Ritmeister after Herridge broke
on the burnout. The final was held over due to rain bringing the meeting
to an end. In Funny Car Owen Hayward lead qualifying with a 6.60/207 on the
new Challengers full debut. Swede John Anderson took second spot with a 6.66
that saw him demolish the timing mirrors.
Dave Stone took the new Rodeck powered
'Stardust' to third with a 6.77 first pass.
Peter Crane made his first appearance
in the ex-Gladiator Vega, now re-named 'Hustler' but went out in the first
round when he lost fire against John Anderson who ran an easy 7.98/163. The
other semi saw Dave Stone take the win having nearly demolished the tree.
Anderson won the final with a 6.65/191 to Stones 8.10/173. Pro Comp saw a
17 car field headed up by Norways Steiner Stolen in his 'California Charger'
FC at 7.05/199 followed by Krister Johanssons Dragster at 7.20/191, Martin
Hopps 'Bifrost' Corvette FC at 7.26/187, Bjorn Ardin at 7.48/196,
Gerry Andrews at 7.58/193 and newcomer
Rod George at 7.69/184 with the old 'Stormbringer' chassis now re-named
'Krypton'. During eliminations Steiner Stolen beat Gerry Andrews and recorded
the UKs first Pro Comp six, a 6.91/199 to Andrews 7.18/198 in the quarter
finals. In the semis he made it into the sixes again with a losing 6.81/161
shutoff to a holeshot 7.17/193 from Martin Hopp. The other semi saw a solo
7.94/183 from Brian Hazleton after Krister Johansson broke on the burnout.
The final went to Hopp with a 7.22 but £200 in prize money went to Hazleton
who clocked 7.33 with a 205.7mph terminal speed making him the first 200mph
Pro Comp runner. Only one other eliminator was completed before the rain
fell, Superbike. Henk Vink was out for the first time on the ex-Carl Ahfeldt
double Kawasaki that Ken Annesley had brought to the UK. Also Johnny Munn
was getting to grips with John Hobbs'
double Weslake 'The Hobbit'. Vinks first run was an 11.29/157 followed by
an 8.99/161. A couple more high eights were followed by an 8.10/177 that
put him at the top of the qualifying table. Johnny Munn started with a 10.55/140
and ended up in second spot with an 8.71/160. In eliminations Vink despatched
Brian Chapman who with an 8.90 while Munn holeshot Pete Smith and took the
win with a fierce tankslapper at the top end and a 9.19/139 to a 9.05/155.
The final went to Vink 8.57/171 to Munns 8.89/152. Super Comp saw two competitors
make it into the nines for the first time. Pete Goddard ran 9.78/137 in the
Liquidator Pop and Dave Gibbons took the Rough Diamond Topolino to a 9.83.
Sylvia Hauser made it through to the final of Production, setting a new record
of 11.99/115 on the way. Mick Butler ran 9.07/165 in the first round of Top
Bike and followed it with an 8.97/151 in the full debut of his 1000cc Weslake
vee-twin. Pro Street Bike was in its final season and Nigel Patrick picked
up a £100 cheque for the first eight second runner, an 8.96/148 on his
SGT Superbiking Turbo Kawasaki. Pip Higham set a new record of 9.94/141 in
Street Bike, the first sub-ten second runner in the class.
||Blackbushe. NDRC Meeting.
The meeting was held amid 60 mph crosswinds.
There were just two Top Fuel cars in attendance,
Dennis Priddle and Alan Ritmeisters.
In the difficult conditions, there was only one half decent pass from the
two fuellers, and that was from Dennis who laid down a 7.57 at 204 mph. Only
two Pro Comp cars appeared with Jim Read soloing in eliminations after Dave
Wilson in Krypton suffered mechanical problems in qualifying. There were
16 cars competing in Super Comp with Bob Jarrett in Stripteaser the eventual
winner.On his way to the final, Bob defeated Neil Roberts, Sue Coles and
Dave Gibbons, and then he defeated Pete Goddard in Liquidator with an 11.23/125
to a lose-out 10.88/130. Top Bike saw Keith Porter's 800cc Morgo Triumph
win with a 10.41/136 over Nigel Patrick's 10.48/117. Senior Bike was an eight
bike field with Tom Vivian's Tomfoolery defeating Tony Murphy in the final
with a 12.12/122 win over a 13.13/102 loss. The other bike classes run were
Top Gas, Pro Street and Street Bike. (Clive Rooms)
||SPR. Spring Nationals. First
on the agenda was the running of the rained off finals from the Easter meeting.
These took place during qualifying. Super Comp went to Alan Loten with a
10.69/126 after Steve Johnson shut off with a fuel leak. Production went
to Sylvia Hauser. Top Bike went to Mick Butler with an 875/155 over Terry
Sidebottom. Stu Fernside defeated Pip Higham 9.17/152 to 9.59/144 in Gas
Bike. Pro Street Bike went to Nigel Patrick with a new record 8.70/156 to
Adrian Pennys 10.93/130. In the meeting proper Pro Fuel had a five car field.
Number One qualifying spot went to Swedens Kent Persson in his 454ci Chevy
dragster with a 6.50/226. Dennis Priddle
made number two with a 6.73/215, Allan
Herridge was at three with 6.91/212 and Norways Ludvig Bjornstad was
at four with a blower belt tossing 7.80/129. Ronnie Picardo failed to put
in a full qualifying pass due to camshaft trouble. Round one saw Allan Herridge
run out of fuel as the car left the line. A stuck fuel valve being blamed
for the rapid consumption of nine gallons of nitro! His opponent, Kent persson,
soloed to a 6.88/221 win. In the other semi Priddle took the win with a 6.62/215
to a personal best 6.74/199 from Bjornstad. Also running a personal best
was Ronnie Picardo who, after his earlier problems, came out for a demo
run and clocked a 6.44/216. The final was Priddle v Herridge as the Scandinavian
competitors had to return home early due to a domestic situation that looked
as if it would become a national strike. Herridge took the win with a 6.37/211
to Priddles 6.70/214. Funny Car saw only three cars attend. Owen Hayward
made number one spot in 'Houndog' with a 6.77/204. Number two was
Peter Crane who made his first full
pass in the ex-Gladiator 'Hustler' at 8.26/178. the other entrant was Paul
Manders who was still shaking down his Mustang bodied car. Hayward soloed
in the semis with a 7.09/152 then Crane beat Manders with an 8.09/184 to
an 8.34/145. The final saw Houndog refuse to run so Crane soloed for the
win with an 8.37/176. Pro Comp saw Gerry
Andrews in 'Hemi Hunter' take an early lead with a 7.35/196. Later in
the day Norm Wheeldon took the 'Rifle' dragster to a 7.02/202. Andrews answer
was to run a 6.99/198 for number one spot. third was Jim Read with
a 7.46/197 followed by David Wilson on his debut with a 7.51/190 in
the 'Krypton' rail. Eliminations saw Gerry Andrews get to the final with
two solo runs, the semi final being a best ever 6.98/196. Round one saw Norm
Wheeldon become the first Pro Comp runner to clock both a six and a 200mph
run together with a 6.98/201. In the semis he faced
Gary Page in 'Panic'. Page pulled a holeshot
but both cars broke as they approached the finish line, Wheeldon getting
there first with a 7.39/163, and a demolished motor, while Page had a lifted
blower and a 7.80/130. Neither car could be repaired for the final so Andrews
soloed again for the win, a 7.13/196. Super Comp win went to Bob Jarrett
in 'Stripteaser', defeating Sue Coles in 'Helzapoppin'. Qualifying had seen
John Whitmore debut his new Daimler powered rail and later clock an 8.40/172
on a demo run. Henk Vink lead qualifying in Superbike with an 8.35/171 followed
by Johnny Munn on the Hobbs 'Hobbit' at 8.65/162 and Mick Butler on his Superbike
debut with an 8.75/155. Munn and Vink made it to the final. Munn by virtue
of an 8.36/163 win over Jeff Bynes 8.68/157 while Vink soloed to an 8.64/166
after Butler had gearbox trouble. The final was neck and neck as Munn just
got there first with an 8.43/169 to Vinks 8.49/169. Rod Pallant took the
Senior Bike win with a personal best of 9.18/157 from his twin-motored Kawasaki.
For all class results click
||The NDRC opened their own
permanent Drag Strip at Long Marston.
Dennis Priddle performed a champagne
burnout in his top fueller in celebration of drag racing returning to the
strip. The new surface was not providing great traction and after three tyre
smoking runs Dennis recorded a best of 7.18/204. Rob George and
Clive Page ran a best of three match race in
their Pro Comp cars.
||Whitsun Big Go. SPR.
Sammy Miller returned with a rebuilt
and repainted Vanishing Point. His first run on the Sunday produced a 4.97/234,
the second run was 4.64/294 and the third was a 4.60/277. His final run was
the quickest at 4.53/289. Peter Crane
ran a personal best of 7.78/193 in the Hustler funny car during qualifing.
Allan Herridge and Ronnie Picardo
ran a top fuel match race on the Monday, being the only two fuellers present.
Herridge took the first with a 6.71 after Picardo shut off with problems.
The final race saw flame burnouts from both cars and a second win for Herridge
with the meetings best time of 6.34/209 to Picardos 7.42/190.
Gerry Andrews won Pro Comp with a 7.20/195 to Brian
Hazletons 8.07/170. In Pro Street Bike Brian Johnson won the final
with his best ever time of 9.43. For all class results
click here. Henk Vink put in several
runs on his double Kawasaki. He was having handling problems on the first
day and clocked a best of 8.51/167. On the second day he got it together
to qualify at #1 with an 8.15/170. #2 was Johnny Munn on John Hobbs 'Hobbit'
double Weslake at 8.43/164. Mick Butler was #3 on his Weslake vee twin at
8.55/155. Munn failed to make round one with the Hobbit due to a damaged
coupling gear, leaving Jeff Byne to solo where he shed a drive chain. Vink
smoked his rear slick in a vain attempt to catch Mick Butler but to no avail,
Butler won with an 8.57/155 to Venks 8.84/154. Butler went on to win his
first Superbike title with a personal best 8.52/154 to Jeff Bynes
||Sko-Uno Drag Festival, Mantorp
Park, Sweden. Three of the UK Nitro teams made the trip to Mantorp.
Allan Herridge (Alleygator), Ron
Picardo (Force), and Owen Hayward (Houndog). Bootsie put the Alleygator into
the sand at the top end on his first run, misjudging the infamous Mantorp
top end bend! But came back out to take the T/F crown from the likes of Ludvig
Bjornstad, Eva Kjellin and Kent Persson. Owen met Ronnie in the semis of
F/C, Houndog trailering the Force with a new European speed record - 6.53/234mph.
||Blackbushe. NDRC Meeting.
There were just two entries in Top Fuel which
resulted in a best of three between Roz Prior and Trevor Young. A third fueler
was in attendance but didn't run due to it not being ready. This was Mickey
Naylor's old car that Graham Hawes had just bought. First round of eliminations,
Trevor had a small fire on the startline and was shutdown, and Roz Prior
had a broken throttle cable which also stopped her running. Second round,
Roz threw a blower belt and Trevor soloed to an 11.44/92. Last round saw
Trevor take the win with a 7.70/206 to Roz's 9.05/158. Graham Hawes in his
newly painted Monza was the only entry in Pro Comp. He only ran demo runs,
the best being an 8.84.174. In Super Comp, 15 cars qualified with the numbers
1 and 2 qualifiers making it through to the final where the Loten & Thomas
altered defeated Bob Jarrett in Stripteaser 10.93/123 to 11.32/124. Thirteen
cars were entered in Senior Comp with Roger Guzowski ending up the winner.
He defeated George Davie in Pubcrawler in the final with an 11.52/117 to
a 12.70/106.Only four cars were entered in Top Modified, and Steve Hale in
the 351 Mustang triumphed over Gerry Cookson in his 95ci Super Joker. Top
Bike had an 8 bike field of Barry Eastman, Ronald Hughes, Paul Callen, Tony
Murphy, Eamon Hurley, Stephen Porter, Bob Beckwith and Tony Steel. Bob Beckwith's
Volvo powered bike beat Paul Callen in the final with an 11.10/131 over a
quicker 11.04/124. Senior bike saw Tom Vivian on his 740 Triumph defeat Mark
Pemble on his 500 Triumph 11.51/116 to 12.18/109. (Clive Rooms)
||SPR. Summer International World Series.
Allan Herridge debuted his new Trans
Am bodied Funny Car, Gladiator II with a shakedown at 8.00am on the Saturday
morning. The car ran a 6.46/214 straight off the trailer. A ten car field
in Funny Car saw Harlan Thompson make his Santa Pod debut in the "Tre Kronor"
car with fellow Americans Ray Beadle and Gene Snow also present. Thompson
had an interesting time on his first run when Owen Hayward got way out of
shape in the 'Houndog' entry and crossed lanes clipping the front of Harlans
car. Neither car was badly damaged and Houndog was discovered to have been
using slicks of differing compounds when back in the pits. Qualifying saw
Allan Herridge at #1 spot with a 6.46/214, followed by Gene Snow (6.48/197),
Dave Stone (6.49), Lee Anders
Hasselstrom (6.59/218), Harlan Thompson (6.88/217),
Dennis Priddle (6.90), Ronnie Picardo
(6.98/227-fastest speed of the weekend), and Raymond Beadle (7.65/149).
Owen hayward was first alternate with a best of 8.27/210 but came into the
eliminations in place of Dave Stone who had wrecked the Rodeck motor in
'Stardust'. Round One saw Lee Anders Hasslestrom launch his 'Red Baron' Monza
with front wheels high in the air, cross the centre line and hit Ray Beadles
'Blue Max', the scarred Americans car making it through to the next round.
The next race saw Harlan Thompson keep his boot down in a wild fishtailing
drive against Herridge. Thompson crossed the line first but was judged to
have crossed the centre line so his 6.90/199 lost to Herridges 6.68/212.
Dennis Priddle lifted off the power at 1/4 track with low oil pressure (turned
out to be a faulty gauge) while Gene Snow advanced to the semis with
a 6.49/187. Owen Hayward shut down Ronnie Picardo 6.63/209 to 7.16/205.
Pro Comp saw Gerry Andrews at #1
with a 7.00/191 followed by Dave Wilson at 7.17/194, Jim Read 7.19/197, Graham
Hawes 7.36/191 and Brian Hazleton at 8.45/151 with a new Donovan motor
in 'Thunderbird'. Most of the first round runs were solos and in the
second round Dave Wilson took the 'Krypton' rail into the sixes with a 6.99/198
win over Tim Claxtons 8.99/153 in the 'Rifle Jeans' Chevy rail. The other
semi saw Gerry Andrews drop out when the 'Hemi Hunter' motor would not run,
leaving Jim Read to solo with a 7.39/197. Super Comp saw some good runs from
Russ Carpenter in his 'Glacier Grenade' dragster, heading qualifying with
an 8.00/164 and following it up with a new record of 7.80 and a 7.92/165
win over Steve Johnsons 'Motor Mouse' in the final. Russ had earlier expressed
concerns about his motor as it was running a nine year old crank. This turned
out to be the only elimination that was completed. Top Bike saw just three
tenths of a second covering the eight qualifiers. Martin Hurll was at number
one with a best ever 9.22/139 while Brian Chapman was on bump spot at 9.52/139.
John Clift debuted his new methanol burning blown Honda to the tune of a
9.65/130 before a broken blower drive let him down. Superbike saw the return
of Ian Messenger with the 'Pegasus' double Norton who qualified third with
an 8.71/160 behind Henk Vink at 8.35/169 and
John Hobbs, who was back on the
'Hobbit' as new rider Johnny Munn was on holiday. Hobbs ran a strong 8.40/165
but then discovered a smashed main bearing in the front motor. Top qualifier
in Gas bike was the triple Kawasaki of John Lloyd at 9.10/150 followed by
Stu Fernside at 9.35/144 and Pip Higham at 9.58/148. Pip was also on duty
in Pro Street where he led the field with a 9.92/133 ahead of Rob Janssen
on 10.29 and Brian Johnson on 10.39. The meeting was cut short on Sunday
by rain followed by a timing equipment breakdown. Most classes were not
||The Brighton Dragster &
Custom Car show. Vehicles on show included the Scorpion jet car,
Allan Herridges new Trans Am funny
car and Don Prudhommes Army funny car which was scheduled to appear at the
World Finals in September.
||Blackbushe. NDRC Meeting.
||SPR. Bank Holiday Supernationals.
Highlight of the weekend was the match race between the fuelers of
Allan Herridge and
Dennis Priddle. Herridge had brought
along his new Gladiator Funny Car but did not run it, preferrring to devote
his time to making sure the Alleygator was on top form. The best of three
match race, held on the second day of qualifying, produced three classic
races. Herridge took the win in the left lane in Round One with a 6.42/215
to Priddles blower belt throwing 6.74/201. Round Two saw the left lane victorious
again with Priddle crossing the line first in 6.25/223 while Bootsie left
two black lines down most of his lane, took his turn to throw a blower belt
and still crossed the line in 6.35/189. The final deciding race saw Priddle
back in the right hand lane. He got a slight holeshot over Herridge and,
in the closest race of the three, took the win with a 6.21/227 to Bootsies
quicker and faster 6.20/232. The meeting saw the largest entry of the year
so far with over 210 competitors. The Pro Fuel class saw the fuelers and
Funny Cars running together. Due to the lack of an ambulance on race day
(it had to take a spectator to hospital) the competition was reduced to a
"fox hunt" with the cars paired up and the two quickest winners meeting up
for the final. Ronnie Picardo won the first pair with a 8.10/175 in "The
Force" to Paul Manders 8.48/120. Dennis Priddle ran a 6.31/221 to defeat
rookie Top Fuel pilot Tina Page who had motor problems in Dave Priors "Fast
Lady" slingshot. She had earlier run a creditable 7.64/174. In the third
pairing Owen Hayward wheelied the Houndog Funny Car as Allan Herridge took
the win with another 6.31, this time at 207mph. This meant it was Priddle
vs Herridge for the fourth time of the weekend. Tension was high as the pair
took their time in staging and Herridge powered to the win with a 6.27/222
as Priddle threw another blower belt and crossed the line in 6.43/183. Pro
Comp saw Rod George take #1 qualifying spot in the Krypton rail with a 6.99/200
off the trailer run. Next was Jim Read with a 7.15/196 in the "Le Patron"
rail. #3 was John Hazleton in the "Thunderbird" altered with 7.59/177.
Gerry Andrews only managed a troubled
8.55/106 in "Hemi Hunter" but came back with a late practice run to clock
a 7.03/188. Andrews ran another 7.03 at 196 to beat Hazleton in round one
and soloed to the final with a 7.00/187 to meet Jim Read. Read had hurt his
motor in the semis, coasting to a win over an even more troubled
Clive Page. The Read team were unable to fully
repair the damaged motor and Jim had to idle up the strip for runner up spot
while Andrews ran a 7.40/187. Super Comp saw new personal bests for Ray Feltell
in the "Penetration" dragster (10.21/123), Brian Thomas in the
"Paranoia" altered (10.20/129) and Tony Edwards ran a 9.55 in his Leyland
powered dragster which was John Whitmores old "Drag 'n' Fly" car. Russ Carpenter
took Super Comp by storm, he qualified at #1 with an 8.07/160 and dropped
into the sevens in round one with a 7.91/152 to defeat Bob Jarrett. He ran
another seven in the final to defeat Brian Thomas in the Paranoia altered
7.86/158 to 10.22/126. Russ debuted new crew member Paula at this meeting.
Paula applied traction compound and guided the car back after the burnout
wearing high heels and a yellow bikini. A lot of you guys out there will
remember her! Sylvia Hauser debuted her new car, the ex-Paul Rossi Dodge,
imported from the USA. She won the Top Modified class, beating husband Geoff
Hauser along the way 11.08/123 to 11.92/114. Geoff was driving Sylvias old
car, the "Mopar Miss". Pro Street Bike saw Brian Johnson dominate the field.
He ran 9.28/139, 9.28/138 and in the final 9.27/141, the quickest time by
a 'Pro Stock' motorcycle in Europe. Hopes for a seven second bike run were
in vain but Henk Vink and Johnny Munn ran side-by-side byes in round one
with Vink clocking 8.24/173 and Munn crossing the line just behind at 8.37/166
on "The Hobbit". The pair met again in the final and Vink just took the win
with an 8.21/169 while Munn recorded an 8.29/170, a new best for the Hobbs
||World Finals SPR. Stephen Reisten
ran the UKs first seven second run on a bike, 7.87/174.(Mark Coles) Don
Prudhomme made his UK debut in his Army Funny Car. He faced competitors from
the USA, Norway, and Sweden as well as the UKs finest in a 16 car field with
another 4 non-qualifiers. Tom Hoover was also making his UK debut at the
wheel of the Blue Max. Prudhomme qualified at #2 with a 6.22, just behind
the UKs Allan Herridge with a 6.21,
which turned out to be the quickest time of the weekend. Prudhomme
went out in the first round, as did Herridge. Ronnie Picardo was the only
Brit to make it to the second round where he was knocked out by Gene Snow.
Eventual winner was Harlan Thompson who took the final against Snow. For
Funny Car qualifying and elimination results
||SPR. BDR&HRA National Finals
including Hot Rod & Custom UK Street Eliminator. For this meeting, the
Fuelers and Funny Cars ran together in one elimination. In the first round,
both Dennis Priddle and
Allan Herridge were on bye runs
in their dragsters. Dennis ran 6.26/218 and Alan ran a troubled 7.26/194
in Alleygator. Dave Stone couldn't
fireup in Stardust so Owen Haywood soloed to a 6.99/168 in Houndog. Ronnie
Picardo then shut down Tina Page in The Fast Lady digger with a 7.16/194
to an 8.06/159. In the first semi, Houndog beat Alleygator with a 6.46/205
to a 7.24/189. In the second semi, Ronnie Picardo broke a rod on the burnout
leaving Dennis Priddle to take the win. He didn't take it easy on the run
setting the top times of the meeting with a 6.25/219 only to fireball the
engine through the lights. Pro Comp had just two entries,
Gerry Andrews in Hemi Hunter and
Jim Read in Le Patron. They ran a best of three match race. Gerry Andrews
took the first with a 6.80/198 to a losing 7.21/199.Gerry also took the second
race with the quickest Pro Comp time ever in Britain, a 6.79/200 to 7.33/144.
Hemi Hunter had an easy unopposed third round win after Le Patron had to
shut down with an oil leak. In Super Comp, Russ Carpenter was quickest qualifier
with an 8.50/154 but broke the Glacier Grenade dragster on the pass. In the
final, Sue Coles in her Helzapoppin altered beat Brian Thomas in Paranoia
with a 9.58/134 pass over a losing 10.26/129. The winner of Comp 1 was Bob
Jarrett in Stipteaser who beat Richard Brooke, 11.27/128 over 11.77/110.
Comp 2 saw Phil Herrick in his Rover TR8 beat Steve Whitney 11.81/117 to
a loseout 12.46/109 in the final. Comp 3 was won by Martin Ward with 13.46/113
over Dave Burdett. Top Modified produced an all female final. Sylvia Hauser
in her Dodge against Hazel Wloszek in her Meanie Minor. Hazel had a 2.25
second handicap advantage but still lost out with a 13.19/100 to Sylvia's
10.96/124. In Superbike, Jeff Byne qualified top of the pile with 8.80/170
on his double Triumph. In the semis, Jeff lost out to
Jonny Munn on Hobses Hobbit, 8.43/168
to 8.59/170. In the other semi, Nigel Patrick defeated Mick Butler with a
hole-shot win, 8.78/156 over 8.64/151. In the final, Nigel Patrick's clutch
gave out and Jonny Munn coasted to the win after his engine expired on the
run. Top Bike competitors included Henk Vink, Steve Woollat, Phil Brachtvogel
and Ian Messenger on Pegasus. This was Pegasus' last outing as Ian was retiring
the famous bike. It ended in disappointment as a blower banging run of 9.10
failed to qualify. In the final, Henk Vink beat Pete Smith with an 8.40/170
to a 9.31/135. (Clive Rooms)
||SPR. Firework Spectacular.
Elimination positions were determined by emergency qualifying times as the
strip surface was a little too slick for serious qualifying. Pro Fuel featured
four cars. Ronnie Picardo in Highway Patrol which was running on methanol,
defeated a troubled Allan Herridge.
Dennis Priddle ran 7.06/183 to defeat
Owen Hayward in the Demag altered which was the Houndog FC without its usual
body. This was its first appearance. Both first round losers came out again
with Owen recording a 6.92/186 and Bootsie laying down a 6.85/160 in Alleygator.
In the final, Dennis clocked a 6.40/211 to defeat Ronnie's shut-off 7.92/58.
In Pro Comp first round, Jim Read defeated Brian Hazelton who was out for
the first time in the ex Clive Skilton TF car. The only other car entered
in the class was Gerry Andrews who
soloed for the round win. In the final, Jim Read produced a 6.86/202 to defeat
a troubled Gerry Andrews. In the first round of Super Comp, Bob Jarrett had
the misfortune to write-off Stripteaser in a crash. The final of Super Comp
was packed with incident. Sue Coles staged, rolled forward, pulled it back
but got a red light, leaving Brian Thomas in Paranoia to go through for the
win. However, the two agreed to a re-run with Sue Coles taking the win after
Paranoia had a wild ride nearly swiping the barrier. Comp 1 was won by John
Mills with a 12.3/108 after opponent Rob Turner broke on the line. Comp 2
went to Geof Martin in the Oxford Builder after opponent Marian James failed
to fire. Top Modified saw Richard Wloszek in the Meanie Minor beat Barrie
Potter's Elan with a 13.00/100 to a 12.79/98. The first semi-final of Superbike
saw Henk Vink defeat Jeff Byne with a 9.53/146 to a 9.72/157. In the second
semi, Jonny Munn on Hobses Hobbit
went up in smoke against Nigel Patrick who won with a 9.40/130. In the final,
Patrick's turbo Kawasaki went sick off the line leaving Vink to put down
a wining 9.21/159. Top Bike final saw Eddy Lloyd's triple engined Kawa up
against Pete Smith's Triumph with the gas burning multi-engined bike having
an easy 11.88/129 win. Senior Bike was won by Rod Pallant on his double Kawasaki
with a 9.80 win over Ian Hodge's Triumph. The finals day also saw a presentation
to a retiring Peter and Erica Bartlett who had been around drag racing
organisation prior to Santa Pod being built. (Clive Rooms)
|The BDR&HRA name was shortened
to the BDRA, the first time this name had been used since 1968.
|February 23rd-March 1st
||The 1st Central Milton Keynes
Dragster & Custom Show. The first [and only as it turned out] show was
held in a sectioned off part of Middleton Hall in the Central Milton Keynes
Shopping Precinct. There were 58 different drag racing cars and bikes, custom
cars, vans and rods on display. The show was organised by Santa Pod and included
just about all of their considerable stable of cars. Among the drag racing
vehicles on display were: Russ Carpenters Glacier Grenade, Als
Gasser, The Stones Stardust
and Hemi Hunter, Scorpion jet car, Don Prudhommes FC, Alleygator TF,
Bill Sherratts Rain City Warrior FC, Sue Coles Helzapoppin, Houndog
Fuel Altered, Gene Snows FC, Commutor, Gladiator FC, Sylvia Hausers
Dodge Challenger, Brian Hazeltons PC dragster and the Themis altered.
||SPR. First Open Nationals.
A misty and damp early year meeting, saw the big cars struggle to get the
power down. Tony Boden was shaking
down the ex - Dennis Priddle 'Mr Six' rear engined dragster. Steve Craddock
ran a couple of checkout passes in the Frontline rail. Houndog made a couple
of runs the best being a 7.795. Dave Prior was in attendance with the Maiden
Warrior rail running on alcohol. Crew man Norm Bristow was at the helm, when
the motor blew after the throttle stuck on the burnout! Competitors were
divided into brackets for eliminations. In bracket 1 Jim Read ran a 9.00/176
to meet Gerry Andrews, who had recorded
an 8.13/145, in the final. Unfortunately the weather became worse and the
final was not run. Bracket 2 saw "Wild" Bill Sherratt in the 'Rain City Warrior'
Vega Pro Comp funny car run a 9.39/102 to beat the 'Beautiful Noise'
dragster of Barry Miller. Alan Lotens 'Paranoia' altered took the Bracket
3 win with a 10.39/130 against John Tebbutts 10.70/126 in the 'Moonlight
Bandit'. Bracket 4 saw Ray Feltells Dragster 'Penetration' run11.37/113 to
defeat Phil Herricks TR8 'Vicious Trait' with an 11.61/109. Bracket 5 saw
Steve Whitneys Jaguar powered Altered run 12.99/111 to beat Mark Chowis Pontiac
with a 14.06/80 while Bracket 6 saw Steve Green run 14.25/96 to defeat Steve
Best with 14.94/91. On the bike front Brian Johnson took Bracket 1 with a
9.91/143 over Phil Brachtvogel who lost fire. In Bracket 2 victory went to
Tony Lewis whose 10.64/135 defeated Peter Woods 11.17/129. (Darren West)
|SPR. In Top Fuel,
Allan Herridge qualified in top
spot with a 6.69/199, followed by Alan Ritmeister 6.76/193, Trevor Young
6.89/202, Andy Craddock 7.40/191 and Tony
Boden 7.62/193. In the eliminations, Alan Ritmeister was unable to make
the first round which left Allan Herridge defeating Tony Boden with a 6.54/213
to a 7.06. Andy Craddock defeated a troubled Trevor Young in the other semi.
Bootsie won the final with a fine 6.46/216 against Andys 7.55/196.
Pro Comp saw a lot of Scandinavians venture over for the Tor Line Championship.
In the first round, the winners were Borge Holmgen against Ronnie Picardo,
Jim Read against son Steve, Steiner Stolen over Inge Bugge, Bjorn Ardin against
Bill Sherratt, Krister Johannson against Brian Hazelton,
Dave Stone against John Grosland,
Anders Lantz against Tony Donges and Gerry
Andrews against Ola Aaserud. Second round saw Holmgren defeat Jim Read
with a 6.90/195. Stolen and Ardin had quite a battle with both cars pulling
wheelies and almost meeting in the centre of the track. Ardin was disqualified
and Stolen clipped the barrier. Johannson defeated Dave Stone with a 6.93/197.
The last race of the round saw Gerry Andrews defeat Tony Donges with the
quickest Pro Comp time outside of the USA 6.59/207. However, Gerry lost to
Johannson in the semi with a 7.46/190 to a winning 7.15/190. The second semi
saw Steiner Stolen cross the centre line leaving Holmgren to take the win
with a 6.95/188. In the all-Swedish final, Borge Holmgren ran 6.93/193 to
defeat Krister Johannsons 7.21/192. In Super Comp, the winner was John
Whitmore. In the first round, he beat Paranoia, then defeated Richard Brooke
in the semi with an 8.96/149. In the final, John beat an off-form Neil Roberts
in the Comet dragster 9.61/140 to 11.24/120. In Car Bracket 1, Alan Loten
beat Steve Johnson 10.24/132 to 10.94/103. Bracket 2 saw Dave Collis beat
John Tebbutt 10.21/133 to 10.92/125. Bracket 3 went to Dave Burdett running
11.6/124 over Phil Herricks 11.69/125. Brian Chapman came out on top
of a 4 bike Pro Fuel eliminator. An 8.65/167 defeated Pip Higham. In the
other semi, Mick Butlers 8.57/160 saw off
Jonny Munns 8.74/158 effort.
Chapman won the final with an 8.60/167 over Butlers chain shredding
Weslake. In the first ever Pro Stock bike eliminator held in the UK, Brian
Johnson was the first rider to dip into the eights with an 8.98/150 pass
in the first round. The final saw Johnson up against Pip Higham. Pip soloed
to a 9.28/145 victory after Brian bogged on the line. (Clive Rooms)
|SPR. The weather conditions
over the 3 day meeting were poor which meant emergency qualifying times for
the eliminations. In the Pro Comp semi-finals, Gerry Andrews defeated Bill
Sherratt with a 6.93/200 to an 8.42/166. Second semi saw Jim Read beat Ronnie
Picardo in the Blue Samurai flopper 7.61/194 to 7.95/185. In the final, Gerry
Andrews took the win with a 6.90/202 to a slowing down time of 7.57/152 for
Jim Read. Super Comp saw John Whitmore triumph again. He beat Dave Burfitt
in the first round with a 9.35/122 to a 12.79/77. In the semi-final, he defeated
Alan Loten 9.29/125 to 10.83/89. In the final, he came up against Sue Coles
who had earlier beaten Neil Roberts with a stout 8.70/162. John took a holeshot
win over Sue 9.30/143 to a 9.12/153. Comp 1 was won by Rob Turner in his
Straight Shooter altered winning against John Tebbutts Moonlight Bandit
12.36/111 to 10.95/124. Mick Hillier won Comp 2 with two solo runs. Sylvia
Hauser won Top Modified. She beat Als Gasser in the semi and came up
against Richard Wloszek in the final which she took with a 10.77/125 over
a losing 13.12/100. The 8 bike Pro Fuel eliminator kicked off with
Jonny Munn beating Peter Wood 8.71/146
to 9.36/147. Jonny beat Mick Butler in the semi, 8.74/151 to 9.16/152. Jeff
Byne defeated firstly Pip Higham 9.11/157 to 9.32/152, and then Brian Chapman
8.71/161 to 9.24/165. In the final, Jonny Munn holeshot Jeff Byne, taking
the win with an 8.79/146 to a 9.00/153. Phil Whitely won Top Bike beating
Keith Porter with a 9.49/150 to an 11.84/122. Senior Bike was won by Nigel
Patrick with a 9.90/145 defeat of Dave Emmersons 10.36/135. First round
of Pro Stock Bike saw Paul Andrews beat Tony Huck 9.71/141 to 10.86/135,
then he lost to Pip Higham in the semi, 10.00/138 to a winning 9.40/142.
In the other semi, Brian Johnson raced to a 9.28/145 win over Graham Nashs
11.36/83. In the final, Higham holeshot Johnson to take the win with a slower
9.40/140 to a lose-out 9.26/144 run. (Clive Rooms)
|Long Marston. This meeting
was also badly affected by the inclement weather. There were four cars entered
in Top Fuel with the number one spot being taken by Trevor Young with a 7.77,
followed by Andy Craddock with 7.86, Tony
Boden with an 8.47, and lastly, Alan Ritmeister with an 8.57. In the
first round, Trevor Young and Tony Boden staged just as it began to rain,
but that didnt stop Young from winning with a 7.42/194 to Bodens
8.13/186. After a short delay for the brief shower, Craddock took the win
with an 8.31/160 to a losing and engine destroying pass by Ritmeister.
Approaching the final, Craddocks crew had problems preparing their
engine, so Boden was called up as a reserve. Trevor Young fired first, but
the engine coughed. Boden was given the signal to fire up, but Craddock had
completed his burn-out and was already in stage. Boden didnt have time
to burn-out but as he staged hurriedly, he red-lit. Craddock then recorded
a tyre smoking winning run of 7.86/198. Super Comp was an eight car elimination
with both Steve Clark and John Chubb reaching the final. Chubb took the win
in an extremely close race, 11.97/107 to a losing 11.96/110. Senior Comp
was won by the Flathead Ford of Mick Gleadow who defeated the Lotus Ford
powered rail of Mark Forrester, a winning 13.40/102 to a losing 16.35/86.
Modified was won by Gerry Cookson who took the win with a 14.86/94 pass.
His opponent, Steve Clifton, fell foul of the 20 second staging rule. Street
had 11 cars entered and Mike Nicholls took the win by beating Andy Robinson
in the final. Top qualifier in Top Bike was Eamon Hurley but he lost out
in the first round to Brian Simpson after a troubled run. Simpson then lost
to Tony Murphy who went on to contest the final with Barry Eastman. Eastman
took the win with a 10.54/125 after Murphy crossed the centre line. Senior
Bike was won by Vince Chessman who defeated Tony Wynne-Jones, 14.37/86 to
16.56/66. Top Gas was a best of three between Robbie Dobbie and John Davies
which Dobbie took. Also a best of three was Pro Stock which Alan Thompson
took over John Knight. (Clive Rooms)
|SPR. The wet weather badly
affected both qualifying and the eliminations, and only six out of the fifteen
eliminations were completed. In Top Fuel, there was just the single match
race with Trevor Young laying down a 6.80/217 to defeat
Tony Bodens 7.64/191. There
were four Funny Cars present and they ran a series of match races.
Allan Herridge ran a best of 7.65/192
to beat Paul Manders in the Time and Motion Mustang which ran 9.52/155. Owen
Haywards quickest run in the difficult conditions was a 9.98/140. Bill
Sherratt won both of his races with a best of 8.55/160. Super Comp was won
by Alan Loten who had an easy first round win followed by solo passes in
the semi-final and then the final. Russ Carpenter won Comp 1 by beating Bob
Harman and then Dave Gibbons before trouncing Jacqueline Phillips 8.86/150
to a lose-out 11.53/119. Comp 2 saw Dave Tucker record an 11.68/118 in the
final to defeat Marion James troubled run of 12.12/125. Top Modified
was not completed due to the weather. Barry Potter was one of the finalists
after beating Phil Turk and Austin Bromley. The other finalist would have
been Sylvia Hauser who had beaten Als Gasser in the semis. Modified
1 was won by Hazel Wloszek beating Ron Pudneys Mercury Cougar with
a 13.68/96 to 15.92/69. In the Pro Fuel bike semis, Mick Butler beat John
Charlton with a 9.06/151 to a lose-out 9.34/129.
Jonny Munn won the other semi with
an 8.85/149 over a broken Nigel Patrick. The final was a very close race
with Mick Butler taking it by a wheel with an 8.85/153 to a quicker but losing
8.78/153 of Jonny Munn. Top Bike and the first semi-final saw Steve Woollat
beat Harry Fitzpatrick, 9.41/136 to 9.45/142. Phil Brachtvogel would have
been the other finalist if the rain had held off. Pro Stock bike was not
completed either. The finalists would have been Brian Johnson and Steve Tong.
|SPR hosted the first Cannonball,
an event showcasing both alcohol and fuel funny cars in competition against
each other. Each car made three runs and the times were added together to
find the two cars with the quickest accumulated times. These two then raced
head to head for the final. Bill Sherratt was the eventual winner in the
Cannonball car beating Owen Hayward in Houndog in the final, Hayward was
standing in as first alternate for Allan
|Long Marston. Bo OBrochta,
number one drag bike racer in the world, was the big attraction at the first
Trans Atlantic Drag Bike Race. He took the number one qualifying position,
clicking it off early to record an 8.27/128. Number 2 was Nigel Patrick with
an 8.39/160, followed by Brian Chapman, Henk Vink, Jos Smit and Cees van
Dongen. First round of eliminations saw OBrochta lay down a 7.83 pass
which was the quickest ever run in Britain. Vink then defeated van Dongen
with an 8.34/159. In the semis, OBrochta beat Chapman with an 8.10/124
but destroyed his spare head in the process. In the other semi, Vink overcame
a chain snapping Patrick with an 8.82/133 pass. Brian Chapman was re-instated
for the final due to OBrochta breaking but he went down to Vink who
won with an 8.60/142 to 9.01/124. Pro Stock winner was Brian Johnson who
beat Eric Bauer and Jos Smit before defeating Paul Andrews in the final with
a 9.70/144 to a close 9.73/139. There was a Pro Stock 2 elimination which
was won by Rob van Ginneken. The Top Bike final saw Jan Janssen overcome
Terry Sidebottom in the final, 9.10/148 to 9.30/146. Senior Bike was won
by Eamon Hurley with an 8.91/156 win over Rod Pallants 9.22/144. Tom
Vivian took Middle Bike, defeating Brian Simpson in the final. (Clive
||It was at this meeting that
the two match racing jets made their first appearance, Vampire driven by
Kieron Weston and Hellbender driven by
Allan Herridge. Also making demo
passes was the Scorpion jet car piloted by Andy Hurdle. The 5 Funny Cars
entered took part in a Foxhunt with the two quickest runners
from the first two rounds going through to the final. The two quickest were
Bill Sherratt with a 6.81/169 and Owen Hayward with a 7.01/170. However,
Bill Sherratt had broken which reinstated John Mills in the Rain City Warrior.
Mills tried hard but his 7.11/196 pass was not good enough against Owen
Haywards 6.60/194. In Pro Comp, Steve Martyn driving Krypton had a
bye in the first round and then beat Jim Read with a 6.91/193.
Gerry Andrews made the final by
defeating Dave Stone with a 7.63/191,
and then Brian Hazelton with a 6.99/199. In the final, the Krypton car ran
a best ever 6.90/195 but it wasnt good enough as Gerry Andrews carded
a 6.76/201 pass. In Super Comp, John Whitmore started out with an 8.06/173
win against Brian Thomas, then he beat Bob Jarrett in Stripteaser with a
best ever 7.80/173 to go through to the final. His opponent was Sue Coles
who had downed Dave Tucker in the semi with an 8.57/151.The final saw John
defeating Sue with an 8.15/167 to an 8.96/151 loss. Comp 1 was won by Russ
Carpenter who had defeated Ray Feltell and John Tebbutt before running an
8.25 in the final against a red-lighting Dave Burfitt. Comp 2 final saw Geof
Martin red-light allowing Dave Gibbons to take the win with a 9.89/138 pass.
Marion James won Comp 3 recording a 9.97/140 win over Alan Flavells
12.03/115. In Top Modified, Al OConnor raced his way to the final by
beating Dave Collis and Sylvia Hauser. His opponent was Richard Wloszek who
had beaten Dave Warne in the semi-final. The final saw OConnor take
a catch-up win with a 10.06/135 win to a 13.01/102 loss. Pro Fuel bike had
all eight bikes running under nine seconds for the first time at the Pod.
In the first round, Brian Chapman took an 8.25/169 win over Mick Butler.
John Hobbs overpowered Rod Pallant
with an 8.34/167. In the semi-final, Hobbs had his magneto split at half
track handing the win to Chapman. In the other semi, John Clift won a close
race against Jeff Byne, 8.59/162 beating 8.63/176. Brian Chapman won the
final with an 8.37/167 after John Clift torched a cylinder head on his run.
The Pro Stock final was between Pip Higham and Paul Andrews with Higham taking
it with a 9.11/148 against Andrews troubled 10.71/140. Top Bike saw
Phil Whitely lay down a 9.04/156 to beat Ray Law who bogged on the line and
could only record a 10.25/153. Chris Russell won Senior Bike by defeating
Stephen Porter with a 9.65/139 pass. Middle Bike was won by Nigel Tee with
a 10.10/127 pass over John McKiernans losing 10.97/119. Mark Pemble
won Junior Bike by defeating a red-lighting Neil Knight. (Clive Rooms)
SPR. A world first for SPR.Sammy
Miller and Al Eierdam held a series of match races in the Oxygen rocket
dragster and the Vanishing Point rocket funny car respectively. Rocket cars
had been banned in the States by the NHRA so the UK was the best place to
do this as Sammy was by now a hero over here. Over a total of four races
Sammy won 3 and Al won 1.The times for the Sunday runs were;1st race,
Al Eierdam won with 4.79/228 to Sammys 4.67/269, and 2nd race Sammy won with
4.53/320 to Als 4.63/240. Thanks to Tog for these results.Al is now retired
and living in Arizona. His recollections of this meeting can be found in
the 'Sammy & Al Show' story on the
page. Fourteen cars were entered in the Funny Car eliminations. Due to a
shortage of time caused by rain the qualifying was cancelled and qualifying
places were awarded based on previous best times. Harlan thompson took the
win in the final beating Allan
Herridge. For Funny Car elimination ladder
click here Two Top Fuel cars
were present, those of Kent Persson and Olaf Johnson.
||Circuit Paul Ricard, France.
The British teams had left mid week for the meeting and arrived and set up
on the Thursday, with qualifying action starting in earnest on the Friday
morning. The entry for the meeting was made up of nearly all British and
Scandinavian teams, with some of Europe's finest making the long journey
to give the whopping 50,000 turnout of French motorsport fans an impressive
Drag Racing show over three days of glorious weather. The meeting was run
over the eighth mile as the straight wasn't any where near a full quarter,
plus there was a pretty hairy bend to navigate a few hundred yards after
the traps! Out on the track Tony Boden
was in action with the 'Hit Man' top fueller, Tony brought
Dennis Priddle along who debuted
his brand new 'Mr 5' machine at the meeting. In Pro Comp, Krister Johansson,
and touring brits Jim Read, Gerry
Andrews and Steve Martyn with the 'Krypton' car made up the four car
field. Jean and Steve Tidswell brought along their potent 'Jeans T' Chevy
powered altered, and wound up with the honours over the 'Paranoia' team.
Alan and Liz Bradley lifted the trophy for the Uk in modified taking their
two early sixties 'Sting' Corvettes along. Alan's new 'Sting 2' car being
freshly built from the ground up by Dennis Priddle. Two funny cars made the
trip, in the form of the 'Joker' Ron Picardo with the 'Blue Samurai' Datsun
Pro Comp funny car, and Anders Niquist came over from Sweden with the wild
'Roach Coach' Monza funny. There was plenty of bike action too with the UKs
Brian Chapman and Pip Higham and the Suzuperbike machine. (Darren west)
||Long Marston. NDRC Fireworks
Meet. Dennis Priddle made the UK
debut of his new, as yet unpainted, 'Insurance In Motion' sponsored top fueller.
In eliminations Priddle beat Tony
Boden while Trevor Young beat Alan Ritmeister. In the final Young and
Priddle smoked the tyres all the way down the cold strip, with Young blowing
the motor at the top end, but not before he had taken the win over Dennis.
The Super Comp eliminator was won by Jean Tidswells "Jeans T" altered and
Bob West ran a new class low of 9.57 in his Willys coupe. Modified eliminator
was won by Dave Warne.
||SPR. Qualifying on the Saturday
was badly affected by the damp and sometimes wet track, which meant there
wasnt a great deal of qualifying. This resulted in the abandonment
of the scheduled bracket racing. Instead, competitors were split into groups
of four and racing was to be a round robin style. In the dragster
group, the four competitors were John Whitmore, Russ Carpenter, Tony Beadle
and Andy Grimwade. The final was between Whitmore and Carpenter. Whitmore
red-lit whilst staging leaving Carpenter to take an easy 12.89/107 win. The
Competition Altereds were split into four groups. In the first group, Martin
Maxwell had three easy wins. The second group saw John Chubb emerge the winner,
and in the third group, Phil Herrick took a surprise win over Paranoia. The
fourth group winner was Dave Burfitt with three wins. Pro Stock bike was
split into two groups with both Brian Johnson and Mick Carter taking two
wins each with Johnson taking the decider 10.24/141 to Carters 10.41/141.
Pip Higham won the second group. Street bike saw Jack Valentine take three
wins to win the group. On the Sunday, there was a Pro Comp match race between
Gerry Andrews and Jim Read. Hemi
Hunter took the first with a 7.49/187 to an out of shape 10.63/173. Jim Read
couldnt make the second race leaving Gerry Andrews to solo to a creditable
6.96/198 in the cold, damp conditions. (Clive Rooms)
||SPR. Run What Ya Brung.
Tony Boden debuted his new Funny
Car. The ex-'Centurian' 80 Dodge Omni built by East Coast chassis constructor
Lenny Imbrogno had arrived in the UK the previous year. The car was repainted
by Ronnie Picardo and Steve Davis who handled most of the paintwork for the
funny car ranks. The car ran a typical Boden 'high Nitro load' but had the
misfortune of a jammed throttle on the teams only attempt. (Darren West)
||SPR. Easter Internationals
Meeting. Allan Herridge was offered,
and accepted a drive in Sammy Millers
'Vanishing Point' rocket Funny Car. He recorded a best time of 4.84 seconds,
with a terminal speed of just 233mph, to make him Europes quickest ever drag
racer and the first European driver to go under five seconds. Andy Craddock
suffered a clutch explosion in the Frontline fueler which blew the back of
the block off. he still managed a 6.82 with an 84mph terminal speed.
||Long Marston. NDRC Meeting.
Tony Boden was back in his Fueler
for the Pro Fuel eliminations. He qualified last with motor trouble
but beat the Pages 'Panic' Funny Car in the first
round 7.83/189 to an off-song 9.10/156. He followed this up with a win in
the final against Tony Pearson with an 8.56/179. (Darren West) Despite the
fact that the meeting clashed with SPR a reasonable crowd turned up and the
NDRC made their first ever profit from the Long Marston venue. Super Comp
went to Roy webb in his 'Spiderman' altered with Chris Reynolds 'Italian
Job' dragster as runner up. Tom Vivian won Top Bike with a 10.70/131 win
over a 10.81/121 from Jim Challenger. Dennis Cheeseman took Senior Bike and
Alan Jackson took his 'Zed One Bee' Kawasaki to the Street win with a string
of mid-eleven second wins.
||York. PDRC Open Challenge Meeting.
The feature attraction of this meeting was to have been a best of three between
the methanol car of Jim Read and the TF car of
Tony Boden. In the first match-up,
Jim took the win with a 7.94/172 to a fast closing charge of 192 from Tony.
No time was recorded for him. Unfortunately, that was the only side by side
run of the afternoon as the nitro car succumbed to clutch problems and
Jims car broke its motor on a burn-out later in the afternoon. In Top
Modified, Richard Wloszek qualified top of the pile, followed by Sylvia Hauser,
Mick Cheley and Clive Mechaell. In the first round, Mechaell red-lit allowing
Sylvia Hauser an easy 10.44/131 win. Wloszek then defeated Cheley despite
bogging on the line. In the final, Sylvia Hauser just managed to take the
win with a 10.59/128 to a losing time for Wloszek of 12.98/103. Pro Fuel
bike was a best of three between Pip Higham and Paul Taylor. Higham won all
three races with a best time of 8.84/164 which equalled the strip speed record.
Super bike was also a best of three between Pete Marrison and Terry Sidebottom.
Sidebottom won all three. Top bike was a round robin which Jim Clayton won.
Tony Huck won Senior bike beating Glenn Parker in the final. Top car was
a best of three between John Mills Roadrunner and the small block Ford
dragster of Bob Holt. Mills took two of the three races. Senior car went
to Tony Taylor while Middle car was won by Andy Williams. Steve Murty made
regular appearances throughout the afternoon in the wheelie Vauxhall. (Clive
||The Big Go meeting
was blessed with hot, sunny weather. There were eight Funny Cars in attendance
with Lee Anders Hasselstrom leading the qualifying with a 6.43/200 pass.
He was followed by Owen Hayward 6.45/212, Chris Filsell in Satans Sledge
6.57/204, Harlan Thompson 6.77/193,
Dave Page in the new Panic FC
with 7.72/184, Dave Stone in Stardust
7.96/154, Bill Sherratt in Cannonball 9.21/89 and
Allan Herridge in Gladiator 10.57/72.
In the first round of eliminations, Hasselstrom recorded low et of the meeting,
6.38/212 in defeating Dave Pages 7.03/201. Chris Filsell soloed to
an easy win after Bill Sherratt lost fire. Owen Hayward ran 6.56/199 to defeat
Dave Stones 8.83/101. Allan Herridge ran a 6.43/189 to beat Harlan
Thompson, but in the process, he did a lot of damage to the car and had to
sideline it. In the semis, Hasselstrom put down a 6.47/218 but red lit in
the process handing the win to Chris Filsell. Owen Hayward beat Harlan Thompson
in the other semi, 6.54/209 to a 6.71/206. Hayward went on to defeat Filsell
in the final with a 6.99/195 to a 7.02/197 loss. Pro Comp and Pro Fuel combined
to form a Professional Drivers Elimination. Only three cars qualified for
this; Russ Carpenter, Tony Pearson in Maiden Warrior and Andy Craddock in
the Front Line Video fueler. Russ Carpenter had a bye in the semi, and in
the other semi-final, Andy Craddock ran a 7.07/135 to defeat the 7.78/183
from rookie driver Tony Pearson. However, Craddock had suffered engine damage
in the run which let Pearson back in for the final. Carpenter took the final
with a 7.92/157 to a troubled 10.24/92 pass by Pearson. In Super Comp, Steve
Johnson beat John Whitmore with a 9.27/148 to a 9.32/136. In Comp 1, the
two finalists were Dave Burfitt in Boss Cat and Geoff Martin. Martins
Jaguar took the win with a 10.85/124 to an 11.45/120 loss. Dave Gibbons took
Comp 2 by beating Sue Coles with a 9.23/140 win to a quicker 9.12/153. Comp
3 was won by Mick Bennett who beat Ray Feltell 12.22/109 to a 12.27/115.
Top Modified final had Dave Collis lining up against Ron Kiddell, both were
in Firenza bodied cars. Kiddell took a handicapped win with a 12.65/102 to
a lose-out 10.19/133. Modified 1 was won by Chris Wicks after opponent Clive
Mechaell broke as he left the start line. In Pro Fuel bike first semi-final,
Rod Pallant ran 8.42/151 on a bye after Jeff Byne lost fire. The second semi
saw Brian Chapman win against Steve Tong 8.60/162 to an 8.76/160. However,
Chapman swerved off the shutdown area into the field and had to be taken
to hospital. This meant that Steve Tong came back into the final where he
lined up against Rod Pallant. Tong won with an 8.61/160 blast after Pallant
broke a magneto. Pro Stock bike was won by Mick Carter after Brian Johnson
ran a quicker 9.05/145 but red-lit in the process. Top bike was won by Phil
Brachtvogel who had earlier recorded his first ever eight second pass in
a practice run. He lined up against Phil Whitely and took the win 8.92/125
to a 9.43/146. Senior bike saw Tony Lewis defeat Eddie Lloyd 9.93/141 to
10.81/128. Street bike was won by Tony Huck 10.78/133 to Jack Valentines
losing 11.07/132. (Clive Rooms)
||A new British magazine was
launched onto the scene. 'UK Drag Racing' was published by Tony Grace and
edited by Tony Beadle.
||SPRs Cannonball Funny Car shootout
was plagued by timing equipment problems. Owen Hayward took the honours beating
Allan Herridge in the final.
Sammy Miller ran a weekend best
of 3.81seconds. To see all class results from this meeting
||York. PDRC Summer Nationals.
Jim Read in his Pro Comp dragster was back again at York. This time, he was
match racing Russ Carpenter with a handicap in favour of the smaller engined
car of Carpenter. Russ took both races with a best time of 7.9. Jims
best times were 7.66/192. An interesting match race took place between the
wheelie cars of Roy Phelps and Steve Murty. Phelps took it with straight
wins. Super car was a round robin between Tony Beadle in his 289 ci Ford
flathead slingshot, Ian Lloyds Gonzo Topolino altered and Jean
Tidswells T altered. Beadle took the first race against Lloyd with
a 9.36/143 pass. Lloyd took the second race with a 9.95 to beat a troubled
Jean Tidswell. The decider was between Beadle and Tidswell with the flathead
taking it 9.68/141. Top car was won by Bob Holt taking out Adrian Booth in
the final with an 11.25/114. Senior car final was between Dave Holmes and
Bill Sherratt in his Sunbeam Tiger. Holmes won with a 12.03/112 pass. Dave
Grady took Middle car running 12.70 in the final. Rookie was a twelve car
field which was won by Chris Clegg in his Capri. Pro Fuel bike was a best
of three between Terry Sidebottom on his Triumph and Steve Tong on his turbo
Kawasaki. Sidebottom took it two to one but Tong equalled the strip record
at 8.66 in the process. Pro Stock bike was a best of three also between Pip
Higham and Andrew Clapper. Higham won all three races. Senior bike was an
eight bike field which Gerald Power overcame. Middle bike saw Alan Atkin
win the final against Peter Gothard. Dave Marsden won Junior bike.
||Zandvoort, Holland. The "Travelling
Santa Pod Roadshow" hit town and compete on an 1/8th mile straight of the
Zandvoort circuit which had very poor traction.
Sammy Miller and
Allan Herridge ran some side by
side rocket car races, Sammy in Oxygen and Bootsie in Vanishing Point. Bootsie
managed a best of 3.12/221while Sammy turned in a best of 2.82/226.74. Chris
Filsell with the Satans Sledge funny car and Owen Hayward in the Houndog
FC ran some match races. Felsell managed a best of 6.1/135.4while Owen recorded
a best of 5.9/147.5. Other UK competitors present were; Andrew Hurdles Vampire
and Steve Horns Hellbender jet cars, Priors Maiden Warrior Fueller, Russ
Carpenters-Glacier Grenade,John Whitmore-Drag-N-Fly, Roy Webb-Spiderman altered,
Malcolm Beken-Fusion rail, Jeff Martin-Oxford Builder, Herb Andrews-Magnum
Force, John Chubb-Moonshadow, Dave Burfitt-Boss Cat, Rob Turner-Straight
Shooter, Johnny Mullens Camaro and Roy Phelps with the Wheelie Stingray.
For competition the cars were divide into three brackets. Bracket 1 was won
by Kjell Johannson, 5.08/152.2, Bracket 2 by the UKs Malcolm Beken , 6.4/111.9
and Bracket 3 by the UKs Dave Burfitt 7.08/98.42.
||NDRC. Long Marston. Transatlantic
Drag Bike Challenge. Postponed until September 18th/19th.
||Mantorp Park, Sweden. Sko Uno
Drag Festival. In Funny Car Dave Page qualified
5th in Panic while Owen Hayward made 4th spot. Page went out in the first
round after he pulled a red light against Swede Lennart Ekering. After four
years faithful service the motor on Houndog blew in the first round and Hayward
lost to Rune Fjelds 6.68. Harlan Thompson won the final with a 6.44 against
an axle breaking run from Lee Anders Hasslestrom. In Pro Comp Tony Douglas
pulled a red light against Steve Read in the first semi final while
Gerry Andrews beat Steinar Stolen
in the second. In an all Brit final Andrews beat Read 6.92 to 7.09.
||SPR. This meeting was apparently
arranged with less than two weeks notice and many regular competitors didn't
even know it was on! Only 51 entries were received and the lack of publicity
led to 'spot the spectator' being the main activity of the day. It was dubbed
'The Secret Nationals'.
||York Raceway. PDRC/Superbike
Northern Nationals. Star attractions of the meeting were the two Santa Pod
raceway jet cars, 'Vampire', driven by Karen Westman, and 'Hellbender', driven
by Steve Horn. Both cars suffered problems, (two tyre blowouts for 'Vampire'
and a fuel pipe blockage for 'Hellbender') but Steve Horn went on to set
a new strip record of 7.49/227 on his final run. Pip Higham entered three
bikes in three classes, and won all of them! He took Pro Fuel on his
'Suzuperbike', Pro Stock on his Katana and Street on his GS1100. Ian Lloyd
added another trophy to his growing collection by winning the Super Car final
in his 'Gonzo The Great' Topolino altered. Commentator Paul Hogarth described
him as the man with the strongest mantlepiece in drag racing. For all class
results click here.
||Santa Pod Raceway.
Supernationals Including The Flame & Thunder Jet car Nationals. Four
Jet cars were entered in the competition. The idea was to find the quickest
two jets over a 1/2 mile and pair them off for a final round. Steve Horn
in the SPR "Hellbender" ran 7.32/232 to Malcolm Olleys 9.43/189 in the Pink
Panther. Andrew Hurdle then ran 7.28/226 in "The Scorpion" to Mark Woodleys
8.36/205 in the "Vampire". Steve Horn then made it to the final with a 7.15/232,
giving him an accumulated 14.53, while Andrew Hurdle ran 7.55/218, giving
him 14.83 and the other final place. In the final both cars red lit and with
the subsequent non-activation of the timers only the drivers know who won!
Dennis Priddle ran a new personal best in an attempt
to beat Peter Cranes long-standing E.T. record of
5.97. He ran a 6.02/229 in his fueler. Gary Page
took the Funny Car win in the "Panic" Monza with a 7.03/190 while
Dave Stone got out of shape and
shut off while heading for the centre line. Page had beaten Chris Filsell
in the "Satans Sledge" Datsun 6.97/196 to 7.09/203 to make the final. Stone
had defeated Owen Hayward in "Houndog" 7.44/186 to 7.26. Top Modified went
to the "Meanie Minor" of Richard Wolszek after Sylvia Hauser stalled on the
line. This win put Richard on the top of the JWR Top Modified Championship
table. In Pro Fuel Bike Bob Webster received a timing slip that read 7.75/150
but failed to come anywhere close to that again on his double engined Kawasaki.
Most of his times were nearly a second slower and the seven second run was
dismissed as inaccurate. Webster himself refused to claim the title of the
first Brit in the sevens and would not collect the prize money on offer for
the achievement. Jeff Byne made the final alongside Rod Pallant. Byne defeated
Phil Brachtvogels "Quarter Scorcher" 8.68/168 to 11.31/124, and Bob Webster
8.19/173 to 8.84/150 to reach the final. Pallant took his "LA Hooker" Kawasaki
to an 8.38/163 solo followed by another solo of 8.72/156 in the semis after
Johnny Munn had mechanical problems on Hobbses "Hobbit" and had to shut off.
Pallant then had problems of his own in the final when his primary chain
tensioner failed leaving Byne to solo for the win with an 8.52/170. Brian
Johnson took the Pro Stock win on his 1320cc Kawasaki with a solo 9.31/144.
His opponent and team mate Mick Carter suffered a broken brake line
prior to the final.
||Long Marston. NDRC Meeting.
Four cars entered for the 4th round of the NDRC/Gauloises Top Fuel Championship.
Andy Craddock headed qualifying with a 7.22/185 in the 'Frontline Video'
car. Tony Boden was at #2 with a 7.49/207 and Doug Bond made #3 with an 8.12/150.
Alan Ritmeisters retired from the competiton with transmission problems.
Craddock soloed in round one to a 6.85/209, the fastest speed of the meeting,
while Boden defeated Bond with a 7.40/206 to an 8.34/155. In the final Craddock
took the win with a low E.T. of 6.81/202 to Bodens wild 8.00/204. A flag
start had to be used for the final after one of Bodens crew accidently kicked
over the lights after the burnouts. Tony Beadle tok the Super Comp win in
his slingshot with a 9.55/144 win over Graham Peakes 'Plum Tuckered' at 13.06/97.
Dave Mingay met Graham Barrs in the Top Modified final and won with an 11.46/127
to an 11.49/127. Top Bike went to Olly Thatcher with a 10.28/137 win over
Jim Balchins 15.56. Mitch Neville ran 12.09/112 to take the Senior Bike win
from a 15.25/69 from Simon Glover.
||Le Mans. France. The Blue Way
Dragster Festival. dennis Priddle set anew track record on the 'French 1/8th'
200metre strip. In qualifying he ran 4.211 seconds to set the record. A solo
in round one saw him better this with a 4.126. He backed it up in the final
with a 4.196/262kph win over Tony Bodens 5.2 to give him both E.T. and speed
records. Funny Car was a best of three match race between the alcohol powered
'Blue way' Datsun of Ronnie Picardo and the nitro Citroen of Kent Persson.
Persson won all three with a best of 5.004 to Ronnies 5.242.
Gerry Andrews and Jim Read were
in the four car Pro Comp field. Both went out in the first round to Swedes.
Andrews to Torbjorn Strom and Read to Kjell Johansson. Andrews however made
it ot the final, after Strom blew his motor, only to lose with a tyre smoking
5.081 to a 4.620. Pip Higham took the Pro Stock Bike Series A title with
a 5.873 win over fellow Brit Andy Capper who was using a Higham engine and
clocked a 6.189. Sylvia Hauser won Modified Car in another all-Brit final.
She beat Alan Newton with a 6.566 to a 7.456. Roy Webb won the Altered class
with a 5.872 to Bob Wests 6.273. Pete Woods made his way to the Competition
Bike Series B final on his 500cc Triumph after his opponent, Graham Nash,
had transmission problems on his Kawasaki Funny Bike. There he met Henk Vink
who took the win with a 5.316.
||Long Marston. NDRC Meeting.
Andy Craddock secured the 1982 Gauloises/NDRC Top fuel Championship with
a win over Doug Bond. Qualifying times were 6.93/213 for Craddocks 'Frontline
Video' car, and 8.14/150 for Bonds 'Shoestring' entry. The first round saw
a 6.93/213 for Craddock and a 7.91/169 for Bond. In the final Andy smoked
the tyres for the full quarter and took the win with an 8.13/196 to Bonds
8.20/175. Super Comp saw Russ Carpenters 'Glacier Grenade' take number one
qualifying spot with an 8.29/173 followed by Tony Beadles slingshot. Carpenter
made his way to the final by beating Bob Jarretts 'Stripteaser' 8.51/169
to 11.43/121 and Rick Fieldings 'Imagination' 8.36/176 to 10.29/133. On the
opposite side of the ladder Bob West in 'Slick Willy' defeated Tony Beadle
9.55/143 to 9.93/138, and a red-lighting John Hunt 9.48/144 to 11.47/120
for his place in the final. This never happened as rain brought an end to
proceedings. John Mulligan took the Street Car win with an 18.61/74 to Dave
Baldwins 16.61/79. Eamon Hurley gave his HME rotary engined 'Concorde' bike
its last ever outing before retiring it to the show circuit. He qualified
second in Top Bike with a 10.21. Dave Cross was at number one with a 9.57/137.
Hurley and Cross met in the semis and Hurley took the win with a 10.37/119
to Cross' 10.78/106. In the final Hurley met the 740cc 'Tom Foolery' Triumph
of Tom Vivian and took the win with a 10.78/122 to a 10.99/125. Senior Bike
went to Brian Howell on his 'Darth Vader II' 720 Honda with an 11.44/103
win over the Triumph of Barry Pheonix at 12.51/108. Mark Puddle won the Street
Bike eliminator over Alan Jacksons 'Zed One Bee' Kawasaki, 11.40/121 to
||York Raceway. PDRC Meeting.
Three Funny Cars were present for the final full PDRC meeting of the year.
Nobby Hills and Owen Hayward made their York debut with the Houndog Dodge
Charger. Joining them were Ronnie Picardo with the 'Blue way' Datsun 280
and Tony Boden with the 'Hit Man' Omni. picardo suffered some clutch damage
in the pits which put an end to his day. The first race saw Tony Boden fail
to find reverse after the burnout leaving Hayward to put in a wild solo run.
Boden re-fueled, re-started and put in an out of shape low eight pass. The
Houndog had suffered a cracked block after the first run so Boden put in
another solo which resulted in a 7.7 second ticket. Other cars suffereing
damage were Ian lloyds 'Gonzo The Great' Altered, which dropped a valve during
a burnout, and the 'Revel Rebel' Pop of Des Taylor which had rear axle problems.
Steve Murty took the clubs wheelie car off into the field after losing control.
He returned with a large grin and a large amount of grass hanging off the
car. For all class results click
||SPR. World Finals.
Dennis Priddle qualified at #1 in
Top Fuel with a 6.23/225. He had a bye run in the first round and, instead
of taking it easy for the next round, stormed through with a 5.99/230, the
first five second run in the UK since
Peter Cranes 5.97 in 1976. He
narrowly failed to back this up for the record with a 6.10/230 in the next
round. The meeting was rained off before the final which was to have been
Priddle against Andy Craddock. (Dennis Priddle) For Top Fuel & Funny
Car qualifying and elimination ladders
||Long Marston. NDRC Meeting.
Saturday afternoon was reserved for run-what-ya-brung and included ex F1
driver and journalist Tiff Needell taking a drive in Russ Carpenters "Glacier
Grenade". He was researching for an article in Autosport magazine and he
recorded the best numbers of the afternoon, 9.23/157. On Sunday the sixth
and final round of the NDRC Gauloises Top Fuel championship took place. There
were only two entrants, Dennis Priddles "Insurance
In Motion" and Doug Bonds "Shoestring". Priddle took the wins in both races
with tyres smoking the whole quarter. The times were 7.67/201 to 7.99/173
and 7.76/222 to 7.86/178. The Sunday eliminations were run as brackets with
the fastest eight comp cars/bikes in Bracket One, the next eight fastest
in Bracket two and so on. Bob Jarrett took the "Stripteaser' Minivan Altered
to number one spot in Bracket One with a 10.99/124. Jarrett made his way
to the final by defeating John Chubb 11.16/125 to 12.01/96, and Dave Burfitt,
10.91/126 to 11.42/98. There he met Tom Laffey in his A/Modified Capri who
had a solo in round one and beat Dave Chapman in 12.09/133 to 12.93/86 in
the semis. The final went to Jarrett who recorded his best numbers of the
day with a 10.84/126 to Laffeys 12.73/115. Tom Vivian took his "Tomfoolery"
740cc Triumph to the Bike Bracket One win with a 10.61/131 victory over a
troubled Dave Emerson whose Norton recorded a 16.66. Steve Bentley won Senior
Bike defeating George Kessack 11.53/117 to 12.39/109. Middle Bike was a best
of three between Paul Grosvenors 500cc Triumph and the 398cc Atco of Sam
Talbot. Grosvenor won two rounds with times of 13.29/101 and 13.13/99 while
Talbot won round two with a 13.54/101.
||Santa Pod Raceway. Firework
Spectacular. Dave Page ran the quickest E.T.
of the weekend in the "Panic" Funny Car with a 6.61 in a match race with
Dave Stones "Stardust II" Mustang.
The throttle jammed open on Stones car after a 3/4 track burnout leaving
Page on a solo. Chris Filsell and Bill Sherratt paired up for the next race.
Sherratt got out of shape before shutting off to a 10.61/90 in the "Cannonball"
Plymouth Arrow while Filsell in "Satans Sledge" shook off the line and recorded
a tractionless 8.53/170. Next up were Owen Hayward in "Houndog" and Tony
Pearson in the "Maiden Warrior" fueler. Pearson pleased the crowds with the
events first flame burnout which required the startline crew to extinguish
flames where the parachute pack and under-panelling had caught alight. On
the run Houndog took the win with an engine destroying 9.88/188 while Pearsons
motor died on the line. Steve Horn took the SPR "Hellbender" jet car to to
its best ever time of 6.98/225. Two rounds of the Top Modified Challenge
were held before the curfew put paid to any chances of a third. Alan O'Connor
was having problems with his new 5-Speed liberty transmission in "Als Gasser"
and failed to get a run in. Sylvia Hauser ran the best times of the competition.
having recently secured the JWR Top Modified in her "Sunoco Dodge" she ran
a solo 10.88/138 and defeated Mick Cheley 10.20/128 to 10.74/124. Ash Troop
was the first fourth competitor. He lost to Mick Cheley before running a
solo 10.75 in his "Madness" Camaro. The second day was a washout.
Dennis Priddle and Andy Craddock came out for a
match race but the appalling track conditions reduced them to side-by-side
burnouts before shutting off.
||Blackbushe. NDRC Meeting.
||This years Cannonball event
at SPR was sponsored by Budweiser. Gary Page
in the Panic Funny Car beat Tony Boden
in Hitman in the final. During the break between the funnies,
Dennis Priddle debuted his re-bodied
fueller as a computer designed wind tunnel tested 'Streamliner', sans rear
wing. The creation being the result of an experiment for the BBC Tommorrows
World programme. Pitted in an out of competition run against
Gerry Andrews in the Hemi Hunter,
Dennis suffered tyre shake off the line before hooking hard right onto two
wheels narrowly missing the Hemi Hunter. A superb driving job by Dennis had
the car straightened up before nearly hitting the armco. Pundits declared
the lack of rear wing as the cause, Priddle put it down to clutch settings.
Whatever Maggie Philbin (Tomorrows World Presenter) was all suited up to
drive the car next! Her drive being postponed Until Dennis had checked the
car out with a crack at a full pass........which never came about! (Darren
||Blackbushe. Street Machine
||SPR. Summer Nationals. Barry
Donn, debuting the ex- Dave Collis Frenzy D/Comp Altered Firenza, pulled
an amazing 9.03 in qualifying! and proceeded into the Super Comp semis with
another low nine in round 1. The car then decided to show another side of
it's character, with first a very hairy 180 degree spin at the end of the
rolling burnout, and then, after the car was re-fired and the race run against
Paranoia, as Barry clicked it off and applied the brakes the car bounced
up and into the barriers, careering onwards onto it's roof and rolling 2
or 3 times before coming to rest. Barry emerged shaken but uninjured. The
car was totalled and Barry never returned!
Tony Boden and
Allan Herridge held a best of three
match race in their nitro Funny Cars. Boden took the first race in his 'Hit
Man' Dodge Omni 7.64/184 to 7.82/181. Bootsie took the 'Gladiator' Trans
Am to the second win with a 6.75/195 to Bodens 7.46/191. In the third match
up Herridge took a solo win as 'Hit Man' had spun a bearing. (Darren
||Long Marston. August Bank Holiday
Speed Spectacular. 100 competitors entered for this event. Pro Comp was
represented by Doug Bond in his 417ci Donovan 'Shoestring' rail and Ronnie
Picardos Datsun 280 bodied Funny Car. The pair held two match races on the
Monday. In the first Picardo had an oil seal fail while Bond soloed to a
tractionless 8.02/179 win. Picardo replaced the seal and came out again to
run an 8.48/177. In the second match race Bond took the win again with an
8.02/175 while Picardo lost traction off the line, smoked the tyres, threw
two rods through the block, oiled the slicks and spun through 360 degrees
before coming to rest against the opposite crash barrier. Super Comp saw
Malcolm Beken qualified with a 9.17, breaking his own G Class Dragster track
record of 9.84 and defeated Bob West 9.87/135 to 10.32/125 in the first round.
West later came out for a solo demonstration run in his recently rebuilt
'Slick Willy' Altered. After a strong launch the car veered towards the centre
line at mid-track, crossed lanes taking out the timing lights and flicked
onto its roof before rolling end over end. Bob emerged unhurt but the front
end of the car was torn off completely and Bobs return to racing was over
for the year. The Super Comp final saw Malcolm Beken, second in the
NDRC Points Championship, meet Bob Jarrett, the man who was leading
the championship. Beken took the win, and the points lead, in the
'Fusion' rail in 9.86/125 to Jarretts 10.88/120 in 'Stripteaser'. Senior
Comp honours went to Dennis Cheredens Vauxhall VX/490 bodied Altered 'Mischief'
at 10.57/128 over Frank Bennetts 'Phantasm' Pop left a cherry on the tree.
The Top Modified win went to John Stables VW in 12.74/104 to Graham Barrs
Pinto in 10.60/134. In the second division Modified bracket Gerry Cookson
in 'Super Joker' missed a shift and lost out with a 15.44/74 to
Roger Duffield Hardings 15.12/90. (Steve Collins)
||SPR. World Finals. For Top
Fuel and Funny Car qualifying and elimination ladders
||Blackbushe. NDRC Meeting.
||Fireworks Meet. Santa Pod Raceway.
|Allan 'Bootsie' Herridge made
his last ever run. He was debuting a new Jet Funny Car called 'Midnight Cowboy'
which he had built himself. For reasons which still have not been fully
explained, the car did a hard left at the top end of the strip, running straight
into the crashbarrier. Bootsie was killed instantly. He was an original,
an innovator, a hero to many and a very sad loss to the world of Drag Racing.
We all miss him.
Also at this meet Nobby Hills and Owen Hayward
debuted the latest of their Houndog funny cars in unpainted white base coat.
Using the same Hills built chassis as their Houndog 11 the car now carried
the only '84 Corvette body in the UK, a 484ci Keith Black motor, 8:71 blower
and a "clutchless" Crowerglide transmission. Not actually clutchless of course
but the car was the first fuel car in the UK to have no clutch pedal.
|Ironically the name of the
Stardust Funny Car disappeared this year also.
The Stones team, who had carried
the name into the eighties with the Mustang version of Stardust, suffered
a massive fireball and the car was destroyed. The Stardust name was never
||Season Opener. SPR. The two
Top Fuel Dragsters of Steve Read (Team Read) and Andy Craddock (Frontline
Video) spent the weekend in the pits without a run after a dispute with SPR
over run money. In Comp Eliminator Steve Johnsons Motor Mouse took the win
with a 8.27/167.2 over Paranoias 9.68/137.7. This meeting saw the UKs first
ever Super Gas eliminator, the final going to Sylvia Hauser with a 10.11/135
over Clive Mechealls Corvette roadster with a breakout 9.86/147.7. In Modified
Eliminator Tim Cook in his '55 Chevy recorded a 12.02 to take the final win
and in Roadster eliminator the victor was Steve Greens Rover powered MK1
Cortina with a 12.91/101.
||SPR. Easter Nationals.
|This event saw the tragic
death of Alan Ritmeister
Boden ran a best of 6.27 in the Hitman funny car, a personal, and career,
best time. The car featured a new Gene Snow inspired paint job and for the
first time Tony had sponsorship to help with the running costs of the
||Santa Pod owner and promotor
Roy Phelps announced through Custom Car Magazine that
Sammy Miller would be debuting a
brand new black Trans Am rocket funny car at the end of may, and that UK
funny car driver Wild Bill Sherratt would pilot Sammys Vanishing Point car
at the same meeting. It was also announced that there would be a re-structuring
of the prize money allocation for fuel funny car drivers who would be paid
according to their performance. Running a string of 5.9s would send a racer
home £1500 better off, while a string of 6.2s would net £1000 with
other amounts decreasing as the E.T.s got slower. Roy also announced that
SPR would soon have new toilets!!!
||Long Marston. May Bank Holiday
||SPR. May Day Holiday Meet.
Clive Mechaell won the Super Gas final over Sylvia Hauser with a 9.93 to
a 10.06. The Team Readspeed blown Daimler dragster Bad Habit took its second
win of the season and ran its best yet of 9.3 seconds. There was a best of
three match race between the new Houndog Covette Funny Car of Nobby Hills
and Tony Bodens Hit Man. Both cars
had traction problems but Boden won 2/3 with a best performance of 6.79/210.
The second race saw Boden go up in smoke off the line and shut off for the
win while Houndog drove into the barrier and scarred the new bodywork.
||Blackbushe. Season Opener
||York Raceway. PDRC Season Opener
||SPR. 23rd Annual Drag
||Long Marston. NDRC Spring
||York Raceway. PDRC Street Racer
||Long Marston. NDRC Transatlantic
Drag Bike Challenge. This meeting saw the British debut of US legend Elmer
Trett and his Top Fuel Kawasaki. He took the event win against Swedens Stefan
Reisten. Henk Vink, with the assistance of
Sammy Miller, entertained the crowds
with solo passes on his Rocket Bike.
||SPR. The Cannonball.
Sammy Miller ran an amazing 3.583/386.26
in the Vanishing Point rocket funny car. This run still stands today as the
quickest 1/4 mile pass ever on a dragstrip, anywhere in the world. (Tog)
Eight funny cars battled it out on one of the hottest weekends of the year.
American Harlan Thompson in the Budwieser backed Dodge Omni won the event
with a 6.49 beating Tony Bodens
Hitman with a 6.96. Thompson also ran low ET and top speed of the event with
a 6.37/223. For all Funny Car competitors and results
click here. John Spuffard made his
Funny Car debut in the ex-Komodo Dragon Vega., now re-named 'Showdown'. He
only ran two rounds, shutting off with problems before getting into
stage on both. Russ Carpenter made his return to the Super Comp class and
ran some seven second passes before damaging his Daimler motor on
the Sunday. With him out of the way the final was between
Tony Merry in 'Stripteaser' and Brian Thomas in 'Paranoia'. Thomas took
the win with a 9.64/133 to Merrys 11.05/114. Robin Read took Comp 1
with a 9.65/139 and Bracket 2 went to Paul Cummings. Super Gas saw Clive
Mechaell defeat Sylvia Hauser 10.06 to 10.18. In Roadster the win went to
the 'Old Yella' Capri of Chris Pegg and Mike Nichols won Production in his
Plymouth. (Steve Collins)
||SPR. Summer Nationals.
Allan Herridges Alleygator reappeared
totally repainted in the Nightline Express service colours of delivery company
Lex Wilkinson. After numerous minor ailments the crew got it together for
driver Bill Sherratt to run a tyre shaking 6.57/198 pass late on Sunday
afternoon. (Darren West)
||Long Marston. NDRC Summer
Nationals. In the demonstration classes Andy Craddock drove the 'Frontline
Video' fueler to the low E.T. and top speed of the meeting with a 6.99/197.
19 year old Stuart Prior (Son of Roz Prior) was making his first appearance
at Long Marston in the 'Solarport' Chevy Pup Funny Car (The ex-Houndog 9).
He recorded a 9.08/167. John Spuffard was present with his new Vega Funny
Car, the ex-Liz & Ollie 'Komodo Dragon'. Dave Wilson ran a 7.92/163 in
the Penthouse sponsored Krypton Pro Comp Rail. In the Super Comp final Dennis
Chereden beat Bob Jarrett with a 9.51/147, his best ever E.T and a new track
class record. Nigel Lewis won the Senior Comp final with a 12.79 in his Lancia
powered rail, to beat the Chrysler powered Chevette of Dave Lomas. Top Modified
saw the 'Bionic Beetle' of John Stables take the final win against Steve
Cliftons Opel, Stables 12.87/95 beating a quicker 10.70/131. Roger Duffield
won the Modified class with a 14.86/94 in his Elan 2000. Richard Fulton ran
13.55/94 in his Firebird to take the Street Car final, runner up was John
Mulligan in his Rover powered Triumph Herald.
||Mantorp Park, Sweden. International
Meeting. After qualifing with a 6.30 at an unprecedented 248mph,
Dennis Priddle went on to record
a quickest ever 5.89. He backed this up in the final round with a new European
||Blackbushe. 20th Anniversary
Of The Drag fests Meeting
||York Raceway. PDRC Northern
||SPR. Super Nationals including
Flame & Thunder Jet Nationals. Dennis
Priddle recorded the quickest elapsed time of the competiton cars with
a 6.03/217, despite not winning any of the eliminations. Saturday saw
the long awaited match race between Priddle and Andy Craddock. Craddock took
the win with a 6.19 to Priddles 6.15. Sunday saw the 'Heart Like A Wheel'
Trophy Race between the Top Fuel and Pro Comp cars, which was held over from
its original date of May 26th after a rain-off. The trophy was donated by
Mainline Pictures, distributor of the film about the life of Shirley Muldowney.
Craddocks 'Frontline' fueler had a broken chassis after the previous days
race with Priddle. Priddle himself had starter problems and could not stage
in the semis against Bill Sherratt in the Lex Wilkinson sponsored fueler.
Sherratt took an easy 7.02/135 solo for a place in the final. The other final
place went to Steve Read who had beaten the Houndog FC with a 7.13/193 to
a 7.17/202. In the final Sherratt ran a 6.48/212 winner to Reads below par
8.51/101. On Monday the 13 car Pro Comp field was reduced to an eight car
eliminator with the remaining non-qualifiers being allowed to run in a Pro
Drag Eliminator headed by favourite Priddle. Priddle made it through to the
final where he met Finn Timo Aartomaa in the ex-Steiner Stolen 'California
Charger' Pro Comp FC. Aartomaa had got through the semis when his opponent,
Bill Sherratt, had blown his motor in the burnout. In the final Priddle lost
his concentration when his visor came loose as he tried to stage, he made
a poor start and ran a slowing 8.30/120 while Aartomaa ran a winning
7.54/165. Pro Comp was a Sweden vs Britain final between Jonny Lagg and Steve
Read. In a very close race Read got there first with a 6.94/166 to a 6.95/191.
For Pro Comp elimination ladder click
here. Sammy Miller was also
on hand with the Vanishing Point Rocket FC. He ran a weekend best of 4.80/283.
The 'Blue Thunder' jet car honours went to Mark Woodley in the 'Vampire'
car with a final time of 7.61/210. Two rounds of the Radio Luxembourg Super
Gas Championship were held over the weekend. In the final of the first the
win went to Des Taylors 'Revell Rebel' Pop, a 10.08/123 beating the 10.22/131
of Sylvia Hauser. In the second round Sylvia again made the final, this time
she won with a 9.95/133 over Dave Wrights 10.67/123 in his Plymouth Roadrunner.
||Long Marston. NDRC August Bank
Holiday Speed Spectacular. Two Funny Cars were present to put on a show for
the crowds. Ronnie Picardo took his 'SuperCat' Jaguar bodied car to low E.T.
and top speed of the event at 8.20/165. His opponent, John Spuffard in the
'Competiton Products' 78 Vega, ran a best of 8.33/160. In Super Comp Eliminator
Graham Peake took his eleven second G/Altered to a final win, at 11.28/122,
over Bob Jarrett in Stripteaser at 10.41/124. In the semi finals Jarrett
had run the classes best terminal speed of the weekend at 128mph. For elimination
ladder click here. John
Stables took his 'Bionic Beetle' to his third Top Modified title of the NDRC
season. He qualified at #1 with a 12.83/92 followed by Steve Cliftons 'Hot
Tomato II' Opel and Gerry Cooksons 'Super Joker'. The final was between Stables
and Clifton, Stables winning 12.76/82 to 10.90/126. Other final winners included
Nigel Lewis 'Blue Moon' slingshot in Senior Comp, 14.14/74 to a red light
time of 13.89/67 from Steve Collins Ford powered dragster. In the Modified
best of three match up Roger Duffield-Harding took his Elan based 112ci Ford
BDA to three straight wins over Roy Farmers Rover powered C-Cab. During
qualifying Roy ran a personal best E.T. of 13.93/95. (Steve Collins)
||York Raceway. PDRC Grand
||Long Marston. NDRC Autumn
||SPR. World Finals. The eagerly
awaited appearance of Shirley Muldowney never happened, she was recovering
from injuries in the US. Americans who did make it included Tom Hoover in
the Showtime Corvette and Harlan Thompson while
Tony Boden had invited twice NHRA
Champion Frank Hawley and top tuner Austin Coil to try and get his 'Hitman'
FC into the fives. Friday was cold and damp and only a brave few made any
runs. Saturdays qualifying was held up by more rain. Later Tom Hoover put
in a single qualifying pass, pedalling his way to a low six on the cold strip.
Monica Oberg blew the motor of her Top Fueler.
Dennis Priddle put in a single pass
late in the evening, another low six. On Sunday it rained again. The first
round of Funny Car was completed, Harlan Thompson beat Frank Hawley who put
a hole in the Hitmans block. The rain put an end to the proceedings. Custom
Car magazine dubbed the meeting "The World Sub-Aqua Finals".
||Blackbushe. NDRC. Autumn Finals.
I believe this to be the last meeting ever held at this location as the owner,
Douggie Arnold, sold the airfield for development in this year. It was now
20 years since the first meeting there. (Stephen Collins)
||Long Marston. NDRC Firework
||SPR. Fireworks Spectacular.
Barry sheavills debuted the UKs first ever purpose-built Super Gas car, a
1981 Camaro with an all-glassfibre body and a big block Chevrolet motor.
The car ran a best of 10.01. Barry sold it to a customer in Norway.
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