Dragstalgia 10 Sunday July 11th
Due to pandemic restrictions almost all the 2020 season was cancelled and so too the first six months of this year. The FIA European season was lost (again) and travelling between countries almost impossible. It was a great relief when lockdown was eased and some events allowed to go ahead. Entry was restricted and tickets booked in advance. The announcement that Dragstalgia was going to happen lifted the gloom! Losing our European friends meant a lower than normal number of racers for this the 10th running of this much anticipated meeting, even the weather behaved!
As usual the action was fantastic. Top of the tree was the Nostalgia Cannonball. Raced over two days the mix of nitro and alky cars put in three runs, the two with the lowest combined times then contested the final and the next two third place and so on. The winner was Tim Garlick in the ‘Apache’ nitro Funny Car but a great performance by runner-up Dave ‘Dopey’ Grabham in the ‘Freddy’s Revenge’ alky altered who gave the fuel teams a run for their money all weekend.
Nostalgia Super Stock, the pre-80s American v8s, had a massive forty five entrants. Coming out top was Stuart ‘Kiwi’ Thompson in his ’71 Plymouth Duster defeating Guy King and the Williams Bros SS Chevelle.
The Outlaw Anglias were another big class. The winner, Jedd Guy, almost became the first European to break into the six seconds in an earlier round with a 7.01.
Some more shots on the blog post, https://blhphotoblog.wordpress.com/2021/07/12/dragstalgia-10-the-way-it-was-ish/
33rd NSRA Hot Rod Drags Saturday 18th September
Dragstalgia’s baby brother? Another great meeting to see race vehicles from ‘back in the day’. Took a trip over to see the Saturday qualifying in glorious warm, sunny weather.
Four race classes were battling it out to finish top dogs, the Outlaw Anglias, Gasser Circus, Wild Bunch and Supercharged Outlaws. In between rounds there was a great showing in ‘Run what ya Brung’ with road cars, race cars, customs and old school hot rods which all had to be pre ’73. A few other cars put in demo runs including the ‘Split Second’ jet dragster.
More shots on the blog post, https://blhphotoblog.wordpress.com/2021/09/21/33rd-hot-rod-drags/
National Finals Sunday 26th September
The last meeting of the year where the champions of the Sportsman classes are crowned. Despite the shortened season enough rounds were completed even if the weather was trying it’s best to spoil it! This weekend had no such problems, a misty start but the sun soon came out and temperatures rose. The track action was pretty hot also with titles to win but everyone trying to get the event honours.
Selected class winners.
Pro Mod Kev Slyfield ‘Blown Bird’
Comp Eliminator Jordan Payne ‘Sticky Situation Racing’
Super Comp Leah Kellett ‘Dolly Daydream’
Super Gas Simon Fulton ‘Blitzkrieg Racing’
Super Pro ET Alan Didwell ‘S&H Dragster’
Pro ET Leigh Morris ‘Green with Envy’
Street Eliminator Andy Bond ‘Ugly Sister’
Top Fuel Bike Steve Woollatt ‘The Dealer’
Super Street Bike Steve Venables ‘Venracing’
Funny Bike Dave Peters ‘Riggerboot Express’
Comp Bike Chris Neary ‘Hobo Racing’
Champions in these classes
Pro Mod Kev Slyfield
Comp Eliminator Nic Williams ‘Williams Bros Racing’
Super comp Leah Kellett
Super Gas Andy Harrison ‘Brute Force’
Super Pro ET Barry Giles ‘G&H Racing’
Pro ET Lee Huxley ‘Whitehorse’
Street Eliminator Andy Bond
Top Fuel Bike Steve Woollatt
Super Street Bike Steve Venables
Funny Bike Stuart Crane ‘Warpspeed Racing’
Comp Bike Louis Davis ‘Wicked Wench’