In the world of drag racing Countries will often give a race class a different name though the rules are the same. On this page are the classes that run in the UK with a variety of images of the machines that compete in them.
Top Fuel. The ultimate class in drag racing. These machines produce over 10,000 horse power, reach 100mph in under 1 second and will cover the 1000ft distance in less than 4 seconds at speeds of over 300mph. The ‘fuel’ is nitromethane a very explosive liquid that makes it’s own oxygen.
Nitro Funny Car. Wild and exciting. These short wheelbase machines with the engine in front of the driver are as powerful as the Top Fuel dragsters. In Europe they are not as quick as the dragsters. The bodies are carbon composite replicas of modern cars and are often known as ‘floppers’.
Top Methanol. These cars resemble the more powerful nitro machines. Once very popular classes sadly numbers of entrants has dropped so the dragsters and funnies often race together with a handicap to the (very slightly) slower funny cars. The dragsters can run with a supercharged (blown) engine using methanol as fuel, or injected where nitro is allowed, these are known as ‘A Fuel’. Raced over the 1/4 mile, times of low 5 seconds and speeds to 280mph.
Pro Stock. Highly sophisticated machines based on production cars. Will run under 6 and a half seconds and reach over 210mph, they need perfect track conditions or will get well out of shape. In Europe this class is dominated by Swedish teams.
Pro Mod. This is my favorite class. Full bodied door cars with huge engines. The styles range from a 1930’s hot rod to modern American ‘muscle cars’. Three engine types are permitted, supercharged running on methanol, nitrous injected or turbocharged, the biggest motor is over 14,000cc! These crazy machines will run high 5 secs up to 260mph over the 1/4 mile.
Comp Eliminator. In this class almost anything goes, except nitro. The machines are grouped into brackets based on power to weight ratio, each bracket has an elapse time so a handicap is given to the faster bracket. There is no penalty for going quicker so it’s first to the line wins.
Super Comp. These can be dragsters, altereds or door cars but they must not go quicker than 8.90 seconds.
Super Gas. These cars must not go quicker than 9.90 seconds. Some teams will enter this class and Super Comp and will tune their engines accordingly.
Super Street. For full bodied cars only, the index is 10.90.
Super Pro ET. For machines running between 6 and 8.99 seconds. In the ET classes the team will give an elapse time (ET) for their vehicle and must not go quicker. The slower team gets a handicap starting advantage so it is down to reaction times but you must reach the stripe first.
Pro ET. Same rules as Super Pro but elapsed times of between 9 and 11.99 seconds. A mix of mostly door cars with some dragsters and altereds.
Street Eliminator. Totally street legal, not the sort of car you would want to pull alongside at the traffic lights! The best of these cars will cover the 1/4 mile in under 7 seconds at over 200mph! They must also complete a 20+ mile cruise between qualifying and eliminations.
Junior Dragster. For the under 18 year olds. These machines run over 1/8th of a mile but will still reach over 80mph in under 8 seconds, quicker than most road cars. It is an elapse time (ET) class with starting advantage to the slower car.
Outlaw Anglia. Wild, crazy with the top cars running in the 7’s. Heads up racing for 1940’s style cars with all the modern refinements.
Nostalgia Nitro. This is for those cars that are based on machines of the 1970’s. A mix of Fuel Altereds and Funny Cars. They will run low 6 seconds at over 200mph and give a taste of what it was like in the sport’s early years.
Wild Bunch. Another class giving a taste of 70’s nostalgia racing.
Nostalgia Superstock. This class is for pre-1980 American V8s and is run on a dial in basis, the top cars run in the 9 seconds.
Gasser Circus. Dial in racing for these nose high throwbacks to the ’60’s. Times in the 9’s with speeds to over 130mph. A diverse range of bodies used.
Supercharged Outlaws. Ranging from nitro slingshots to street legal hot rods they must run quicker than 9.90 and like to indulge in ‘grudge’ races.
Willys Wars. A match racing class with no dial in, brackets or eliminations just heads up racing for bragging rights.
There are several other Sportsman Classes I have not described here which feature at National Meetings. This ensures you get a full days entertainment, great value for a day out and you can wander around the pits and meet the teams when they are not busy preparing the machines.
There are portfolios of several meetings from Santa Pod on the HOME page. https://blhphotoblog.wordpress.com/home/