|May 26th/27th 1974
SPR. Whitsun Holiday Weekend Big Go. On Monday, the second day of this meeting, Allan Herridge in Stardust recorded the first six second Funny Car pass outside of the USA. His time was 6.87 seconds at an early shut off 191 mph. This was Herridge's first six second run. The car was running a newly purchased 480ci Ed Pink engine which was reported to have arrived from the USA complete and ready to run, and already contained oil. A new Lenco 2 speed and reverser had also been fitted, but the reverser failed after the burnout on what was to be its maiden run on the Sunday against Stardust. A replacement was bought from the London Heavy team and Herridge ran a 7.11/204 late on the Sunday afternoon. Dennis Priddle in the Avenger car ran 8.03/163.92, before match racing Bootsie. In this race, Stardust got wildly out of shape before Allan managed to correct it. In the meantime, Dennis headed skywards on the green but kept it under control. Dennis took the win in 7.71/187 to Bootsie’s identical 7.71 at 168 mph. Herridge put in a run in Firefly which saw the front wheels head skywards for 50 yards before he shut off and crossed lanes. Herridge later ran a wild 8.3/106 with some ballast strapped to the front axle. In Monday’s eliminations, Clive Skilton and Allan Herridge were first out. Skilton ran 6.86 with handling problems at the top end while Herridge had problems of his own with Firefly suddenly changing lanes and tailing Skilton through the lights. Unbalanced slicks were diagnosed as being the cause. Skilton then soloed to another 6.86/214.13, before Houndog beat Firefly 9.32/102 to a losing 11.22/64. However, Skilton had a broken torsion bar which put him out thus letting Firefly back in. Bootsie red lit, fearful of the engine overheating, and Houndog got out of shape and pulled the chute early. Herridge ran his first six in Stardust and shortly after Dennis Priddle put in a strong 7.19/194, beating his best time by over seven tenths of a second. In a dramatic and exciting Funny Car final Herridge and Priddle both lifted the front wheels before Stardust began to turn towards the fence. Herridge corrected and again lifted the front as he re-applied the power. Priddle got close to the centre line, headed back towards the fence on his side then back towards the centre, where the two cars nearly touched, neither driver willing to lift. Priddle got there first with a 7.71/187 with Herridge clocking an identical time at 168mph.