1995- 1999

Contributors names in brackets after the entries where applicable. All other material researched by myself - Chris. Click on pictures to see a larger view. Text links will open in a new window, close it when you're done.
1995
March 25th/26th SPR. SPRC Divisional Championship Event. For all class results click here.
April 15th-17th SPR. The Thunderball. Rain put an end to the proceedings before any of the eliminations could be finished. In Top Alcohol Barry Sheavills had qualified at number 1 with a 6.02 followed by Bob Feeler at 6.11, Mikael Kagered at 6.15 and Alan Jackson at 6.36. In Super Gas Tony Rose was running his former 6 second Pro Mod Oldsmobile for the first time. His first run clocked an 8.774/131, slightly under the 9.90 index! Nick Davis qualified at number one with a 9.908. In Top Fuel Bike Jules Boag qualified at number one with a 7.82 while in Pro Stock Bike Nigel Dowding ran a new personal best of 8.2 seconds.
April  29th/30th SPR. SPRC Divisional Championship Event. For all class results click here.
May 27th-29th SPR. Main Event.
June 10th-11th Avon Park. Goodguys Shootout #6.
June 10th/11th SPR. SPRC Divisional Championship Event.
June 25th Steve Read became Europes first four second Top Fuel driver when he ran 4.966/280.72 at Eastern Creek Raceway, NSW Australia. This added to Steves record as being the first European Alcohol driver into the fives (1992) (Mark Coles)
June 30th-July 2nd. SPR. The Cannonball. Harlan Thompson and Micke Kagered made it through to the Cannonball final for the second year running. Unfortunately no revenge for Micke as rain before the final closed the weekends proceedings. Also this meeting saw Sammy Miller back again with the Vanishing Point rocket funny car. He recorded a best time for the weekend with a 4.28/254 pass.
July 22nd/23rd. Avon Park. The Goodguys Alkymania Alcohol Shootout.
July 29th/30th SPR. Saturday Nite Special #3. SPRC Divisional Championship.
August 12th/13th Hockenheim, Germany. The Nitro Olympics.
August 12th/13th York dragway. North Star Nationals. IHRA/UK National Championship.
August 26th-28th SPR. The Summernationals. John Spuffard took the 'Showtime' Pontiac Funny car to a new European record of 5.46 at only 242mph. (Bob Jarrett) Vivica Averstedt put in a couple of test launches in her Valvoline sponsored Top Fueller and many predicted she would be running Europes first four at the Finals in September. In Top Alcohol there was a run off between Barry Sheavills and Micke Kagered to decide the outcome of the meeting at Hockenheim which had been rained off. Both cars got crossed up but Sheavills came off worst, his dragster ending up wrecked against the armco. He vowed to try and have the car rebuilt for the finals. Anita Makela was #1 qualifier with a 5.986/224.90, the only five second runner in a 16 car field. Dave Wilson came closest to stopping Anita in round two when he ran a strong 6.195/221.69 to Makelas winning 6.111/225.81. She went on to beat Leif Helander in the semis with a 6.091/231.36, the fastest speed of the meet so far, and beat Micke Kagered in the final with new E.T. and speed marks for the weekend of 5.923/234.35 to 6.072/217.69, Kagered almost becoming the first alcohol Funny Car into the fives. Nine cars made up the Pro Mod field with Alan Packman leading the way with a #1 qualifying time of 6.93, the only six second runner of the weekend. Dave Mingay qualified at #2 with a 7.11 and ran 7.06 to take the first round after Mick Cheley dropped out. Gordon Appleton ran a new personal best of 7.09 in the first round to defeat a 7.19 from Neil Taylor. Appletons luck ran out however in the semis when his 7.30 was no match for a 7.00 from Mingay. Packman had a solo to the final when Phil Englefiled failed to show. Mingay took the final win with a 7.07/197 to Packmans 7.12/199. In the Pro Rover class the eight second barrier was broken by Ian Hampsteads escort with an 8.974/145.61 on a bye run in the first round. He went on to win the elimination with a 9.123/143.48 against a 9.313/144.24 from Patrick Lysionek. In Pro Euro John Tebenham put in a solo pass in round one in his Cosworth powered Ford Anglia and became the first into the nines with a 9.96. In doing so he damaged his cylinder head and gearshift and was unable to continue in competition. A four bike field in Top Fuel Bike saw Steve Woolatt qualify at #1 with a 7.147/190.18. He met Phil Baimbridge in the final, Baimbridge taking the win with a 6.88/192.83 to a 6.956/193.25. For all class results click here.
September 15th-17th SPR. World Finals. Frequent rain showers on Saturday and Sunday held up the proceedings. No classes were completed.
October 7th/8th Avon Park. Night Of Fire.
October 7th/8th SPR. Saturday Nite Special #4. SPRC Divisional Championship.
November 4th/5th SPR. Fireworks Meeting. Saturday Nite Special #5. SPRC Divisional Championship Finals.

1996
Santa Pod was purchased by Keith Bartletts consortium, Power Racing Communications.
April 5th-8th SPR. The Thunderball. In Top Alcohol the field consisted of the Funny Cars of Alan Jackson, Paul Mellon and Tony Baker, the Dragsters of Doug Bond and Andy Hill and the Altereds of Micky Moore and Frank Bennett. Alan Jackson qualified at #1 with a 6.668/206. Doug Bond was at #2 with a 6.991/186 and Tony Baker at #3 with a 7.03/179. Jackson went on to run low E.T. with a 6.33/214 in the semi finals where he beat Andy Hill. he took the final with a 6.44/202 against Doug Bond. Alan Packman took the win in Pro Mod with a 6.88/203 win over Gordon Appletons 7.19/184. Packman had qualified at #1 with a 6.920/202. Barry Giles won Super Pro with a 7.994/163over Alan Cooks 8.055/168.
May 4th-6th York. National Championship Round. In Supergas Zane Llewellyn suffered a multiple barrel roll after the finish line in his Bootsoop Mk1 Cortina at 142mph. Earlier drivers had voted to race at a meeting which had been callled with regard to concerns about the condition of the shutdown area. After Zane's crash drivers voted to continue racing over the eigth mile. This was the last time a round of any National Championship was held at York. (Zane Llewellyn)
May 25th-27th SPR. The Main Event. Rob turner set a new E.T. record for a British  Top Alcohol driver with a 6.055/227.85 which he backed up with a 6.102/226.88. Anita Mikaela ran a 5.88/234.43 and went on to beat Micke Kagered in the final, 5.904/236.51 to 6.045/228.88. Kagered had earlier run 6.009/230.65 which was the closest an alcohol Funny Car had come to breaking the six second barrier. (Andy Marrs)
May 31st After 22 years of service the track surface at SPR was ripped up and a new, specially developed, surface laid.
June 7th-9th The largest field of pro cars ever seen at Avon Park assembled for the Summer Internationals. All the top classes were represented plus a large field of supporting classes in an event jointly organised by SPRA and APIRA
July 6th/7th SPR. The Cannonball. Ten Funny Cars entered this years event. The two top qualifiers for the final were Gary Page and John Spuffard, both nitro cars. Spuff had run the low ET in qualifying, a 5.57/250 in the first round. Spuffard had destroyed his clutch on the third round of qualifying and so Lex Joon came in as first alternate in his Alcohol car. The final saw Page in trouble off the line with the car seeming to lack power, by the 1/8th mile he had pulled the chutes and Joon ran past for the win with a 7.00 second run. In Top Alcohol Barry Sheavills made the number one spot with a 6.21/216, followed by Rob Turner (6.40), Peter Beck (6.71), Tony Baker (6.84, a personal best), Mick Gleadow (6.91), Andy Hill (7.46) and Mickey Moore (8.89). Sheavills set low ET in round one with a 6.18/222 bye run. In the semis he was up against Tony Baker and, despite a popped burst plate, took the win with a 6.29/185 to a 6.94/195. Rob Turner won the final with a 6.32/218 after Sheavills blew another burst plate. Martin Jones took the Super Pro win with a 9.08/142 to a red lighting 8.77/165 from Barry Giles. The Pro ET win went to Ray Barrow who beat Ivan Birch 10.04/132 to 9.49/140. John Tebenham won the Pro Euro class with a 9.83/134 to Leigh Morris' 10.65/129. In Pro Mod the final win went to Bert Englefield, who ran a poor 7.70 after missing a gear change. His opponent, Nick Davis, had failed to stage properly, automatically handing the win to Englefield. The semi finals had seen the quickest Pro Mod race ever in the UK. Englefield ran his first six beating Al Packman 6.96/191 to 6.92/201 and making Packman the first Pro Mod competitor to run a six and loose. Other results; Mod ET, Simon Farmer beat Nigel Payne, Super ET Chris Garner beat Bob Doyle, Street ET Martin Lewis beat David Williams, Street Euro Greg Bateman beat Terri Rogers, Super Gas Frank Mason beat Tony Gransden.
August 24th-26th SPR. Sumer Nationals.
September 13th-15th SPR. World Finals.
September 28th/29th SPR. International Doorslammers Meeting.

1997
April18th-21st SPR. The Thunderball. Top Alcohol saw Swiss driver Peter Beck qualify at #1 with a 5.953/219, and take the final win with a 5.968/201 against Rob Turner. In Pro Mod Nick Davies took #1 qualifying spot with a 6.878/196 ahead of Andy Robinsons 6.887/192. Davis failed to make the final when Dave Pollen beat him in the semis. In the other semi Andy Robinson went out to Gordon Appleton who ran 6.874/196. The final saw Appleton take the win with a 6.881/198 to Pollens 7.159/194. Fay Fischer took the win in Super Pro ET with a 8.816/129 to Mick Kemps 8.586/158.
May 24th-26th SPR, Main Event, Rico Anthes sets new European E.T. and speed record at 5.01/287 backed up with a 5.05/286.
John Spuffard set the official 0-60mph  world record for a non-street legal machine at 0.94seconds in the Showtime Pontiac Top Fuel funny car.
June 7th/8th SPR held its first bikes only meeting since 1969, the International Drag Bike Fest.
June 28th/29th The Cannonball. SPR. John Spuffard took the honours with a 5.64/265 to Gary Pages 5.70/232. Wayne saunders set a new record in the Pro Euro class, running 8.36/163 followed up by a 8.13/167 in his Cosworth powered Ford Probe. Wayne confidently predicted seven second runs in the near future.
July 12th/13th SPR. Sportsman Nationals.
August 8th-10th Summernationals. SPR. Andy Robinson sets new Pro Mod ET record running a 6.84/199 followed by a 6.787/205 in his 706ci, Eagle-powered Rover 800 Coupe. In Super Gas Paula Marshall, John Ellis and Pete Cresswell ran identical 9.904 ETs for the top qualifing position.
August 23rd-25th Avon Park. Super Slam '97.
September 11th SPR European Finals Press day.Gordon Appleton sets a new European record in his Pro Mod Camaro, running a 7.09/198 while carrying a passenger! The brave man alongside him was the editor of Performance Car magazine. 
September 12th-14th SPR, European Finals. Barry Sheavills became the quickest ever British Top Fuel driver with a 5.08/257. Jarmo Roivas set a European Top Alcohol record at 5.77/236. In the final of Pro Stock, Tomi Laine set a new European record at 7.06/194.10 against Jari Konolas losing 7.20/192.02. Gary Page, driving Rune Fjelds Mustang Funny Car ran a best ever 5.482/245 against Alan Jackson, very close to John Spuffards record 5.46. In his next race, which was the final against John Spuffard, he blew the motor  at 1000ft due to a rear axle failure and burnt the chutes off into the bargain. He got the win though with a 5.77/187. Spuffard himself came very close to the record with a 5.47/276, the terminal speed being the fastest recorded funny car speed in Europe. Andy Robinson set a new European Pro Mod record at 6.787/205 on his first qualifing run. Leif Andreasson became the first European Top Alcohol Funny Car driver to run under six seconds, he recorded a 5.964/229.45.(Andy Marrs)
September 27th/28th SPRs International Doorslammers. Dan Cockerill took his Pro Mod Ford Pop to a 180mph terminal speed, just 1mph off Andy Carters 1994 record ET speed for a Pop. Wayne Saunders, in his Cosworth powered Ford Probe runs a 7.95/170, At Avon Park the following weekend he runs 7.89/177, 7.81/175 and 7.77/175 to become the quickest 4-pot on the planet. Also Vivica Averstedt was present to test some new parts on her Top Fuel Dragster. At 4.15 on the Sunday afternoon she recorded her best ever 60ft time at 0.84 with a 3.21 1/8th mile ET. She backed off to record a 5.82 at only 153mph. The 60ft time was on a par with a good four second run.
October 4th/5th Avon park. Autumn Finals.
November 1st/2nd SPR. The Flame And Thunder Show.
December 30th The Showtime Team of Bob Jarrett and John Spuffard took delivery of a new Funny Car, the ex-Dean Skuza Dodge Avenger. Their previous car, the Pontiac Firebird was sold to Gordon Smith for the next season.
Also this year Simon Payne ran the quckest in the Pro Street Eliminator with a 7.79/177 in his 515ci Chevrolet-powered Camaro. He took the class title for '97. The mark to aim at this season was the 8 second bracket but Simon bypassed it completely. He dominated the class and, when there were insufficient entries to run the fourth round, he moved into Pro Mod, running a best of 7.40/186. Not bad for a road legal car!
The UK based Top Fuel teams of Vivica Averstedt and Andy Carter packed up and shipped off to race in the USA next year.
Barry Sheavills was given the 'Top Fuel Rookie of the year' award.

1998
Terry Gibbs signed up with Avon Park owner Anthony Hodges to run four Super series events at the Warwickshire track. Terry had sucessfully promoted the previous years Super Slam event at AP.
April 10th-12th The Thunderball. SPR. While the rest of the UK enjoyed the traditional Easter Bank Holiday weather (torrential rain and record floods), Andy Robinson debuted his improved Pro Mod Rover, running  what is thought to be the quickest ever 'off the trailer'  Pro Mod run with a 6.85/202 on his first pass.
April 18th/19th Avon Park held the first of its Super Series events.
May 2nd-4th The second Super Series at Avon Park.
May 23rd-25th SPR.The Main Event. Andy Robinson ran a 6.729/208.27 backed up with a 6.74/207 and a 6.75/205 running 172mph in the eighth mile for a new European Pro Mod record.
June 20th/21st Third round of Avon Parks Super Series
July 3rd-5th FIA European Top Fuel Championship, Round Two. At the Alastro track in Finland Britains Barry Sheavills set a new track ET record and top speed of the meeting with a 5.07/280.
August 8th/9th New Summer Nationals. SPR. Top Alcohol driver Fay Fischer ran 6.33/214.28 in the Redstone and Gleadow Racing dragster to become the UKs quickest ever lady drag racer. The previous record of 6.42 was set by Roz Prior in her 'Maneater' Pro Fueler (Top Fuel) in November 1978.
August 29th-31st The fourth and final Avon Park Super Series event.
September 11th-13th SPR European Finals. Barry Sheavills, the only Brit in the FIA Top Fuel Championship, ran the UKs first Top Fuel four second run in Saturdays qualifying session. He ran 4.972 at 297.19mph alongside Jens Nybo. This was also a new top speed record. (UKs first four came one year after Kent Persson ran the first in europe at 4.98 and ten years after the first in history, Eddie Hills 4.990 on April 9th 1988 at the Texas Motorplex.) In Sundays eliminations the first round saw Barry up against Jens in the race that would decide the championship. Barry did it again winning with a 4.954 at 297.11. In the Final Barry met Anita Makela, Anita lit the tyres and Barry ran another four, 4.942 at 294.10. This meeting also saw the quickest run in Europe by a Pro Mod, Ronnie Bergstrom with a 6.565 at 210.16mph. Bergstrom ran a troubled 8.02/124 in the final to a winning 6.80/201 from Hakan Nilsson. Tommi Laine won the Pro Stock final with a 7.10/195 to Niclas Anderssons 7.13/194. John Spuffard won the Funny car shootout with an early shut off 6.70/134 to Alan Jacksons 12.35. Super Comp was won by Steve Harrington with an 8.91/147 after Tim Adam failed to show. Adam did make the Super gas final where he beat Shaun Saunders 10.06/136 with a 10.03/133. Super Pro ET went to Wayne Saunders Ford Probe with a 7.95/155 over Steve johnsons 7.56/171. Ritchie Smith won Pro ET with a 9.86/134 beating Robin moores 10.94/123. Also Jan Honee ran the quickest time for an FIM Supertwin bike in the UK, 7.088/197.42, this speed also backed up his earlier 198.14mph run to set a new European speed record. Thanks to Ian King and Mathijis Bakker for confirming the details on this one.

1999
January A new national championship series for Pro Mod, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Pro ET, Pro ET, Sportsman ET, 9.90 Bike and 10.90 bike,  jointly organised  by The Santa Pod Racers club and the Avon Park Intenational Racers Association, is announced at a joint meeting of the two groups. Five rounds to be held at Santa Pod and four at Avon Park. The British Top Alcohol Championship was also announced to consist of rounds at both tracks, two at Avon Park and two at Santa Pod.
February 28th ACU UK National Pro Stock Bike Champion Dave Beck qualified eighth in a field of twenty one in Pro Mod Bike in Gainesville, Florida, with a 7.059 at 189.75 mph. He then lost in the first round to Louis Grist of Minnesota who ran a 7.039/188.71 to Dave's 7.145/183.41.
March 7th The UK's Steve Read won Top Fuel eliminator at the third round of the Castrol New Year Series at Willowbank Raceway, Australia, beating Robin Kirby in the final with a 5.428/252.95 to a 5.475/190.04.
April  3rd-5th The Thunderball. SPR. Round one of the UK National and Top Alcohol Championships.In Top Alcohol Rob Turner ran a 5.782/241.83mph in qualifying, the 241 being a new European record and the time being a personal best for the team. Smax Smith suffered a burst oil line which sprayed oil under one of the slicks causing the car to roll a number of times before coming to rest in the shut down area. Smax was fine apart from a few bruises. The car was a write off. Bill Sherratt took over the driving duties in the Showtime Dodge Avenger from John Spuffard and ran a weekend best of 5.81/231. A new stand was erected in the week leading up to the event, replacing the rather ancient fixture on the left hand side of the strip.This meeting also saw the introduction of the Junior Dragster class to the UK. Click here to see all class results from this meeting.
April 24th/25th ACU Prostock Bike champion Dave Beck qualified 9th from 15 with a 7.199sec 183.11mph run at the Fast by Gast Nationals in Columbus Ohio. He went on to win the final against David Vantine of Hamilton, NY with a 7.048/182.92 to Vantine's 7.106/181.56.
May 1st/3rd Avon Park. Super Series Round 1. UK National Drag Racing Championships Round 2. Rob Turner set a new track speed record for Top Alcohol Dragster at 236.84mph while Lex Joon set new track speed and E.T. records for Top Alcohol Funny Car at 6.120/226.13. In The Wild Bunch class Neil Townson took his alcohol burning altered to new class records of 8.058/173.08. For all class results click here
May 19th It was announced in Motoring News that US driver Gordie Bonin would be driving Barry Sheavills 1998 Top Fueller in the 1999 FIA European Championships with the financial assistance of US oil company Prolong. Barry Sheavills announced that he would be debuting an all new car for the '99 season.
May 29th-31st The Main Event. SPR. FIA  & FIM European Championships, Round One & UK National Championships, Round Three. The Top Alcohol classes are renamed as Top Methanol Dragster and Top Methanol Funny Car under the orders of the FIA who were unhappy about the use of the word 'Alcohol'. In his first ever European Top Fuel Championship event Gordie Bonin took the honours beating Alan Jackson in the final. In Top Methanol Funny Car qualifing Leif Andreasson ran a 5.943/236.49. In Pro Mod qualifing Andy Robinson ran 6.78/211 and went on to record a 6.62/210.95 and a 6.60/211.64 in eliminations.Steve Woollatt ran a 6.80/201 in FIM Competition bike.In Super Pro ET Wayne Saunders reset his own world record for a four cylinder car with a 7.695/176.96 in his Cosworth powered Ford Probe.Junior Dragster driver Paul Lindley-Allen set new European records for both E.T. and terminal speed. He ran 9.482 (backed up by a 9.530) and in a separate race clocked 68.08mph, backed up by 67.94mph. For the first time a new return road was used at the top end of the strip. The new road being sheilded from the shut down area by a bank to prevent out of control cars crossing the barriers into the path of returning vehicles. To see all class results from this meeting click here
June 19th/20th Avon Park. Super Series Round 2. Uk National Drag Racing Championships Round 4. In Pro Stock Bike Paul Willis broke both the British ET and terminal speed records. The new records now stood at 7.615 seconds and 175.10mph.  The Pro Mod Rover 800 of Andy Robinson was written off in a horrifying top end crash after crossing the line first in the final. Andy was OK. He had previously set new track records for the class at 6.657/210.27. Wayne Saunders ran a new personal best and I think a new world record for a 4-cylinder car with a 7.56 backed up by a 7.58 in his Cosworth powered Probe. In Top Fuel Bike Brian Johnson ran a new track record of 6.51. The Outlaw Anglia class saw Paul Henshaw set both ends of the track record at 8.970/152.03. The Top Fuel Bike final was held over after the crash. Due to strong winds a number of the bike classes were run over the 1/8th mile.For all class results click here
July 3rd/4th SPR. The Cannonball. UK National Drag racing Championships Round 5. Micke Kagerad took the Cannonball title for the second time, beating John Spuffard in the Showtime Dodge Avenger in the final. For all results click here
July 31st/August 1st Avon Park. Super series Round 3.UK National Drag Racing Championships Round 6.  Job Heezen ran a new European Top Gas Motorcycle record with an 8.416. Brian Johnson beat his own track Top Fuel Bike records, setting the new marks at 6.352/216.35. In Pro Stock Bike Paul Willis set new track records of 7.543/177.87. The 'Wheelie Stingray', which entertained crowds at Santa Pod in the seventies and eighties in the hands of Roy Phelps, returned in a new paint scheme and now re-named High Risk. The car had been restored by Ronnie Picardo and Allan Herridge Jnr. and was driven by Allan.Some of the finals were not run as rain stopped play. For finalists and results click here
August 20th-22nd Hockenheim, Germany. Nitro Olympics. The UKs Dave Hughes took the Super Gas  final with a holeshot over Michael Vogt. In Super Street an all UK final saw Bob Lees Mustang take the win over the Top Banana roadster of Lee Huxley. Barry Sheavills had a disappointing weekend, unable to get a five second run out of his Top Fueler.
August 28th-30th Avon Park. Super Series Round 4.UK National Drag Racing Championships Round 7. Top Fuel Dragsters made a welcome return to Avon Park for the first time since 1996 with the cars of Barry sheavills and Rico Anthes being present. Barry ran the quickest time of the weekend with a 5.48/183.67 to set a new track record for the class. Paul Willis set a new Pro Stock bike E.T. record with a 7.54.Brian Johnson ran a new record 6.35/216 on his Top Fuel Bike. Jerry Collier broke his own World Record for a normally aspirated two stroke motorcycle with a 9.66 backed up with a 9.71. Rob Turner took the British Top Alcohol points Championship on a wild out of shape qualifing run. Graham Dance ran a new E.T. record in Super Street Bike of 8.4seconds. For results click here
September 10th-12th SPR. The FIA European Finals.  UK National drag Racing Championships Round 8. Top Fuel Bike pilot Brian Johnson runs a new European ET record of  6.287 seconds.The run was backed up by an earlier, and quicker run, of 6.121. Gordie Bonin, already the championship winner for this season, ran an engine breaking 4.99 in qualifing, the only four second run in the UK this year. The Methanol funny cars of Leif Helander and Urs Urbacher made their first sub-six second runs with 5.97 & 5.96 respectively. the final of Top Methanol Funny Car produced what I think may be the first side by side five second race (see results)  Eero Kilpelainen took both ends of the European Top Methanol Dragster records with a 5.69/248. Hakan Nilsson ran the quickest Pro Mod time and speed ever in Europe with 6.51 and the fastest speed at 215mph. Michael Malmgren ran a new Europen Pro Stock E.T. record at 7.06. Graham Dance sets a new Super Street Bike E.T. record of 8.214 in the final round. For results click here
September 25th/26th Avon Park. Super series Finals. UK National Drag Racing Championships Round 9. The meeting was rained out before the first rounds could be completed but not before Smax Smith, in his Mainline Menace alcohol altered, set a new track record for the Supercharged Outlaw class of 6.921/203.62.
October 9th/10th SPR. October Meet. UK National Drag Racing Championships Round 10.For results click here.
November 6th/7th SPR. Flame & Thunder Meet. Alan Didwell won the car ET class while Phil Pratt won Bike ET
November 14th Gainsville, Florida. The UKs Brian Johnson won Top Fuel Bike at the AMA/Prostar World Finals.  He won the final round with a 6.292/227 against Americas Tony Lang. the Uks Ian King also made the headlines when he beat the man tipped to win the meeting, Larry McBride. Two weeks earlier Larry had run the first ever five second ET on a bike. Other UK entries Ceri Visik and Ken Cooper both failed to make the field in Pro Stock Bike and Pro Mod Bike respectively while Dave Beck qualified 5th in Pro Mod Bike and went out in the second round. On the same weekend the UK Top Methanol team of Rob turner appeared at the NHRA Finals at Pomona but failed to qualify, running a best of 5.895/235.84 in their new Bob Meyer chassis car.
For all UK points championship winners click here

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