Santa Pod Raceway 16 & 17th July 2011
Santa Pod had been crying out for a Nostalgia style event for years now so when the All American show bit the dust the team wasted no time with Santa pods very own James Forster coming up with the clever name Dragstalgia and it was at this stage UK Street Machines got involved and added one of my old favourites, a Street Car Shootout.
We also came up with the event T shirts & hoodies, the artwork for which was drawn by Hot Rod Artist Chris Bunting and an awesome job he did. Of all the T-shirts we’ve ever been involved with this one has to go down as the most well received. Anyone who missed out….we’ve still got a few left in limited sizes so contact us if you a want one.
The pre show hype was off the scale. Everyone was talking about it and with additions being made to the show almost on a daily basis it was looking more and more likely that Dragstalgia would live up to its own hype.
Evening entertainment was courtesy of Milk Cow Magazine with a variety of Bands and Burlesque Shows late into the night….a stroke of genius. Lets face it who doesn’t want to sit round drinking Beer and watch scantily dressed ladies!
Von and I arrived at a wet n windy Santa Pod midday Friday and with the help of Trev, Andy & Kaylee set up the all new UK Street Machines stand and for a first time erection (Roy stop giggling) it went very well. All we had to do was wait for the sunshine (We were in for a long wait)
Milk Cow were already doing their thang from the bar on the Friday night so I dropped by in passing for a quick half and an ogle at the ladies, the place was rammed so I settled for a can of warm Fosters at a picnic table outside with the other Saga louts Roy n Andy then back to the caravan to unwind from my mad impetuous evening with a Horlicks.
After the ravishes (it’s actually ravages Mark but that’s too funny to correct, I think there was a bit of wishful thinking going on there…..SMACK!!) of the night before I woke Saturday morning to the dreaded sound of raindrops on the caravan roof which as you know is not the best ingredient for perfect Drag Racing. We opened the stand at around 8am and even though we were starting to get a little marooned with the water out front business was brisk with people buying event merchandise and wanting to know a little more of what we were about.
Darren Prentice and the track crew did an amazing job of drying out the track (and trade area) and despite the rain we still managed to get 6 hours racing in on the Saturday, As always Mark Wallington and his Outlaw Street crew were first back to put some times up on the shootout board with habitual shootout finalist Jeff Thurston in the Mustang throwing the gauntlet down with a storming 9.95 timing tickets were coming back thick and fast from racers wanting to make sure they made Sunday Shootout with “Most aggressive burnout of the decade winner” Stu Ramsey holding on to a 9.34 in the Camaro. As a result of the foul weather we couldn’t make the numbers so only the eight class winners went through to Sundays Shootout.
With so many groups attending the running order was bloody tight so when the weather started to play up start line guru Ian Marshal certainly had his hands full and did a great job despite all the challenges thrown at him.
With the racing finished for the day the track was lined with an array of Race cars from days gone by for the Cacklefest which not only made for an amazing sound but with the sun going down the header flames just made the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention This was followed by some awesome flaming burnouts a sight I’m sure you will see more of at future events.
Milk cow served up much the same great entertainment in the Bar on Saturday night and I did pretty much the same as the night before really apart from having the Zoom club at the next picnic table making it look even more like Gods waiting room than it did the night before!!
Sunday rolled around without the addition of the bloody rain so the track opened on time As you would expect the fire up lanes filled very quickly. I dropped by the Outlaw Street HQ as it was most of their cars in the shootout (no change there then) and we would be starting the shootout asap to try and beat the rain and minutes later the cars were all in line and ready to run (cheers Mark)
First out was Darren Scannell in his Cosie powered Escort up against Andy Murtons big Camaro and with Darren a little to eager to slay the mighty Camaro red lit with Andy taking the win with a very impressive 9.48@148mph. Next out it was the sole HRG member KC in the Cortina taking on shootout legend Jeff Thurston in the Mustang, Jeffs legendary reaction times were just too much for KC with a 0.28 R/T although KCs 0.51 would have been fine against any other contender and Jeff took the win with a 10.03@132mph. KC had barely crossed the finish line when Stu Ramsey flew into one of his huge burnouts ready to take on Steve Moisey in the late model Mustang. Stu took the win with a very impressive 9.13@153mph over Steves 12.73@107mph. Last pair out was Dons Scott awesome Superbird up against Trudy Slaters mighty Moggy with Trudy taking the win with a 13.08@115mph after the Superbird ran out of steam at the top end.
With the first round settled and wanting to beat the rain in an attempt to run the final at the same event a quick turnaround was agreed on. Let the cars cool down, let Jeff have a quick cuppa tea and back down the fire up lanes.
The first race in the semis was a real David and Goliath or as we now say Trudy and Jeff. Trudy was certainly going to have to pull one out of the bag for this one, but hey stranger things have happened in Drag racing…..but not this time Jeff pulled off another amazing 0.15 R/T taking the win with a 10.00@132mph over Trudys 13.48@113mph. Next out was a real clash of the Titans the two mighty Camaros of Andy Murton and Stu Ramsey and what a race! With Andy narrowly taking the win with a firstname.lastname@example.org over Stu’s email@example.com
So the Final was to see Jeff Thurston take on Andy Murton what a great final for UK Street Machines debut Shootout. With ominous clouds overhead I had spoken to Tony Oksein organiser of the Mopars to see if the worst happens and it starts to rain again could we run the Final at his Mopars and like a true gent he agreed and we had a plan B if we needed it. Less than an hour later The Mustang and Camaro were paired up and ready to go at the front of the fire up lane and with that the bloody heavens opened and Santa Pod after all their hard work called it a day, thank God for plan B’s me thinks.
Two weeks later.....
And its Saturday night at the Mopars and thanks to Tony Oksien for letting us run the Dragstalgia Shootout Final and with a warm track and the cool night air some good times were expected.
With £500 for the winner and £250 for the runner up courtesy of UK Street Machines the guys were not going to be holding back. Andy and Jeff pulled round and wasted no time putting down two monster burnouts and as they staged you could have heard a pin drop but as the lights changed that all changed with the roar of the Chevy and Ford motors filling the air. As expected Jeff pulled out a slightly better reaction time but the raw power from the Chevy took hold and Andy took the win with a 9.10 @ 152.5 mph over Jeff’s 9.87 @ 134.9mph. Congratulations to Andy Murton for taking our first shootout and I’m sure Jeff will be back next year to try and avenge the big Chevy.
So that’s about it a great new event with a great format which got rave reviews on all the forums keep ya fingers crossed for the Sun for 2012 Will we be back again next year? HELL YES!!!!
This Dragstalgia write-up is dedicated to Kasey Dixon-Grainger (KC), a talented young racer and a bloody good lad who lost his life on 28 August 2011 doing what he loved best…..racing. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.
Mark, Von and all the UKSM gang.
Chris Skinner took the Sundays Shootout with a win over Saturdays winner Jeff Thurston so well done Chris. The show was closed with a burnout and launch of Chris Hartnells Backdraft Slingshot, you could hear the roar of the crowd as he launched over the engine noise, thanks Chris a job well done.
A great weekend which I’m sure we will be doing again next year. Thanks to all the guys and gals who brought their cars along, thanks also to Luke and his team at Goose and Silverstone and to Rob Gammage from Silverstone for being the voice of reason over the weekend, the UK Street Machine team for their support, Santa Pod for their help once again and our Von for sorting the stand out all weekend and dealing with the tricky bits.
Make a date in your diaries for next year Silverstone Classic 20/21/22 July 2012 and don’t forget to checkout their website to take advantage of the early bird ticket deals and we’ll see you there.
UK Street Machines @ The Silverstone Classic 2011
After last years successful debut at the Silverstone Classic UK Street Machines were asked back to put on another Street Car Shootout. Everybody involved in last years Shootout had put their names down to do exactly the same for the following year after they had such an amazing time.
This year we took along 36 cars with a view to once again recreating the famous Santa Pod start line, to give the huge crowds a taster of what they could expect at a Drag Racing event and with some of the UKs biggest hitters they sure wouldn’t be disappointed.
Taz Racing were once again out in force as were Charnwood cruisers with guys from Outlaw Street and UK Street Machines bringing along some fine machinery all making for some monster burnouts and the magical sound that only the mighty V8 can make at full throttle! We also took a handful of Race Cars.
Roy Walker took his fresh out Ventora, John and Tom Atkinson brought the Cortina out for a blast and Chris Hartnell brought his Backdraft Slingshot with fellow Wild Bunch rider Sid dragging along his Brit Digger Slingshot.
Last years track was part of the new F1 track which was to be in use at the Classic this year so we were moved to an older part of the track which although was not as good as last years the spectator vantage point was amazing as it elevated along the length of the track.
We form a small part of this amazing show and we were to run two shootouts per day and although the timings of the shootouts went out of the window with various track events running over time, when we did get onto the track the public were a good ten deep along the length of the track an amazing sight which you just won’t see anywhere else.
Fridays runs were fun to say the least with the unpreped track in dire need of some rubber but as always the Taz boys turned track prep team and laid down some awesome burnouts for the crowds. Not to be out done everyone else seemed to be keeping their line locks on for just a little longer than usual.
Although the section of track we had was a little shorter than we would have hoped for this didn’t dampen the competitive edge of the drivers as Darren Scannell proved when he almost lost it mid track and ended up facing the side wall with only inches to spare.
Saturday morning saw huge crowds and with enough rubber on the track for us to start a full on shootout we were in for one hell of a day. The demo race cars went out first to wow the crowds with the screaming big blocks acting like a roll call with hundreds of visitors streaming over to our track.
Shootouts are a great way to demonstrate our sport to the great
unwashed as it also throws in a competitive element with folk
cheering on their favourite cars, the only trouble being is that
Drag racers very often try just a little toooo hard which does
play havoc with the nerves. With everyone in place and nobody
whinging about their pairings (and that makes a
change) we were off.
I'm not going to bang on who beat who as it was just a bit of fun and it will just take too long but Saturdays overall shootout winner was……yes you’ve guessed it Jeff Thurston yet again in his awesome Pro Street Mustang and with reaction times like his things aren’t going to get any easier for the rest of ya anywhere in the near future. The whole display was awesome so thanks guys for making such a huge effort for the crowds, the feedback from them has been amazing.
The show was to close to the public around 5pm and we had decided to run an impromptu cruise from our track over to the new F1 pits and have a quick photo shoot and a snack from Derek’s Diner before heading back. It was always going to be a bit hectic so after a quick call to show manager Luke Wigley filling him in on our dastardly plan (which he agreed to and thanks Luke for clearing it with the security guys over there) we were off all on open headers. We even took the Taz drag car.
The sound was deafening but the crowds loved it with literally hundreds of folk running over to see us. As we arrived at the new F1 pits (which was also a turning point for the old Routemaster Buses on site) news had only just filtered through from Luke of our arrival and organised chaos ensued.
The last of the Le Mans cars were on their way out so some had to park up out of the way for a few moments after which the security guys cleared the area for us to line up for the legend that is Jen Long of Yawning Cat Photography to take the pics (thanks Jen you’re amazing) We actually ended up staying for quite a long time with the race crews from the Pits coming over to have a look and a chat. Thanks to Luke Wigley and the security team for all their help with it.
Evening entertainment was pretty special with 10cc, Wishbone Ash and Suzi Quatro topping the bill and as the Harley Davidson Bar was close to the stage we all ended up in there and finished off a day to remember.
Sunday was very much the same as Saturday. Huge crowds wanting to watch great Drag Race action. Unfortunately we only had time to run one shootout although this saw even bigger crowds and the best track condition of the weekend.
With 1st place going to Vic Fisher in his supercharged V6 Mustang with a 0.061 RT, this will be the third RT trophy Vic has won this season and he’s clearly proving to be the man to beat if members want to lay claim to an RT trophy.
OS-18 Vic Fisher in his supercharged V6 Mustang with a
OS-42 Nigel Jenkins in his supercharged V8 Mustang with a
OS-50 Roy Collins in his big block ‘70’s Camaro with a
OS-19 Stephen Moisey in his Cervini Mustang with a
OS-26 Steve Adams in his ’99 Mustang with a
OS-07 Andrew Murton in his ’67 Camaro with a
2011 Points Table as of Round 7
OS-26 Steve Adams in his 1999 Mustang
OS-18 Vic Fisher in his Supercharged Mustang
OS-07 Andrew Murton in his 1968 Camaro
OS-42 Nigel Jenkins in his Supercharged Mustang
OS19 Stephen Moisey in his Cervini Mustang
OS-46 Phil Davey in his Fox body Mustang
With only 4010 points separating the top 6, 200+ points available at each round with two more rounds to go this season there is everything to race for, remembering that only 7 of the 9 rounds count towards the final points score.
round of Outlaw Street OS-8 is on 1st – 2nd October at
Shakespeare County Raceway.
The American Car magazine, year’s free subscription was won by Roy Collins in his OS-50 ‘Red Rose Garage’ Pro Street Camaro with 224 points for the weekend, this was the icing on the cake for Roy who also set a new PB over the weekend and has now broken into the 10’s which his newly built Camaro, although there is a lot more to come from the car yet.
The ‘Joe & Co’ sponsored RT Trophy was being chased by all over the weekend with a mere over the weekend with only 0.201 of a second splitting 1st and 2nd place.
Pictures by Louise Gurrin- Clark
3rd – 4th September at ‘VW Action’ weekend Santa Pod Raceway
The seventh meeting of the 2011 series was held during the VW Action weekend at Santa Pod Raceway, the event is a long standing event on the Outlaw calendar due to the relaxed family atmosphere of the event and the added bonus of the Sunday always being a ‘Peak Performance Test & Tune’ day.
This means that although the sign on is more expensive you get a track prepped to full race standards with lots of glue and also the chance to see some of the pro racers doing testing prior to the Euro finals. The meet was well attended with many members trying to squeeze as much track time in as possible to chase those new PB’s seeing as there are only 2 more meets this series and lots of trophies still to chase.
Despite it being September the weather was kind to us on the Saturday will a full day & night of racing, naturally the banter was high as no one wanted to come back to the pits after being beaten by a VW, on a whole V8 ruled although there were a few surprises and a couple of big block V8 members who went home heads in shame muttering about needing to buy more go-faster parts.