Fireworks!

Remember remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot

In 1605 a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and assassinate King James I was foiled at the last minute.  Those responsible that were caught met a very grisly end, the most well known (though not leader) being Guy Fawkes.

So every year in the UK we ‘celebrate’ the occasion with big bonfires and firework parties.  This is my version.  LIGHT THE FIRE!

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Roger Goring’s ‘Firestorm’ a centre drive jet Funny Car hits the afterburners

SEND UP ROCKETS

The world’s fastest drag bike Frenchman Eric Teboul on his rocket powered missile

And all keep warm!

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‘Fire Force 5’ the 300mph Jet Dragster driven by Martin Hill ‘warms’ up
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Dragging On

Euro Finals Sunday 9th Sept,

Unfortunately a rather disjointed stop/start meeting with a lot of breakages early on which meant everything fell over two hours behind schedule.  By 3.45pm the semi finals had not even started, Tina and I decided to call it a day and head for home, something I’ve not done before.  We got home at 6.30pm and I watched all the finals on the internet!

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The moment 10,000 horsepower is let loose! 2018 champion Anita Makela of Finland launches her Top Fuel Dragster and runs 3.872 312.44mph over the 1,000 ft

There was some super racing though and you have to feel sorry for all the teams who suffered damage, huge expense for so little reward.  Many records were again broken as the new Santa Pod track proves its worth.

As usual there are more images on my HOME portfolio of images page  https://blhphotoblog.wordpress.com/portfolio/drag-racing-2018/  Check them out.

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Top Fuel Funny Car, Kevin Chapman
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Peter Wacker of Switzerland’s beautiful 57 Chevy Bel Air Pro Mod

Summer Nationals

Fun in the sun at Santa Pod Raceway on Sunday the 1st.  The Summer Nationals held in scorching hot conditions gave us a fantastic days drag racing.  Many records were broken and personal bests set on the new concrete drag strip.  There are a lot more pictures and report on my HOME page,  https://blhphotoblog.wordpress.com/portfolio/drag-racing-2018/

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The most popular winner on the day, Michel Tooren in the ‘Pro Dutch Racing’ Pro Mod starts his burnout prior to the final. A great achievement to rebuild the car after a bad smash in May
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Lorcan Parnell and the ‘Storm’ Yamaha Funny Bike set new ACU elapse time and speed records

 

Main Event 2018, the’Big Go’

Time to leave the wildlife alone for awhile and indulge in my other passion.  In warm sunny weather we headed out to the east midlands and Santa Pod Raceway for a day of top notch drag racing, the second qualifying session for the first round of the FIA European drag racing series.  Thunderous 10,000 bhp 300mph fire breathing Top Fuel dragsters and more.  Check out more images on my HOME portfolio of images page  https://blhphotoblog.wordpress.com/portfolio/drag-racing-2018/

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‘The Undertaker’ Top Fuel Funny Car of Steve Ashdown
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When it all goes wrong. Mikael Kagered’s Top Fuel motor lets go on the start line, nitromethane is very volatile!
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When it all goes right. Finland’s Antti Horto running a 3.97 @ 300.99mph over the 1,000ft

National Drag Racing Finals 2017

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Niel Midgley Cannon Motorsport Top Fuel bike warms the rubber

Sunday 24th September 2017.  The National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway.  A great day out with some super racing.  For lots more images and report check out the Home page, click on this link  https://blhphotoblog.wordpress.com/portfolio/2017-national-finals/

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Chaos Brothers model T altered driven by Robin Orthodoxou
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Top Fuel dragster licencing run for Kevin Chapman