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||Posted - 16 Jul 2017 : 22:44:07
Here are the brief results from the brilliant 7th Annual Dragstalgia event at Santa Pod last weekend, 15th & 16th July.
Firstly, huge apologies from me that I could not make it to be with you all for such a fantastic event!! I wish I could have been there and would have if it was at all possible! Missed you all! Huge thanks to Lynne, Mark, Hayley and teams for stepping in and doing an absolutely amazing job running the show! You folks were brilliant!! Thank You!!
The Wild Bunch had an amazing field of 38 teams including 2 teams from France, 1 from Italy, 1 from Switzerland, plus 1 from the South Pacific participating, and a special guest!
The weather was really good on Friday (some teams took advantage of the RWYB session to test). Saturday started okay but then it rained for some time. The track crew worked hard and opened the track at 2:15pm, and ran all the way through to 9pm, though we only got the one round in! Sunday started well and due to not having both runs Saturday we were the first class out. Although clouds threatened at times, there was no rain until a few spots at the very end. We were able to complete 3 rounds of racing.
Here are the Top 4 at the event. Many Congratulations to all:
1st Place: Bob Morgan in “B-Sting” .0053 average (third win of the season!)
2nd Place: Des Taylor in “Thundergod” .0166 average (welcome Des!)
3rd Place: Liz Malcolm in “Jus’ 4 Fun” .0321 average (welcome again Liz!)
4th Place: Jim Tanner in “Shindigger” .0480 average (another top 4 for Jim!)
Special thanks to Steven East and the whole of Team East who put up sponsorship for the Spot Prizes, which will be given out as soon as possible! Very much appreciated!
Here are the Spot Prizes that were won and will be awarded soon! Congratulations to all:-
Closest to Dial-in (on Race-day): Rob Brown in “Wrathchild” .0000 off (perfect ET!! Well done, Marra!)
Best Reaction (on Race-day): Neil Ward in “Andromeda” .024
Quickest E.T. of the event: Valdo Westphal in “Komatsu” altered 8.277
Furthest Travelled: Valdo Westphal in “Komatsu” altered (a mere 10,000 miles from the South Pacific)
Best Burnout: Huge Verde in “Rabid Rat”
Best Appearing Car: Troy Bull in “Stripduster” our very special guest!
Best Wheelie: Alan Lloyd in “Gonzo the Great”
Best Appearing Team: Team Limited Funz Racing in “Ballbreaker”
Best Backup Girl: Hayley Fyfe from “Wrathchild”
Best Showmanship: Team Karma Drag Racing and “Bitchcraft” (thanks to Mark and Zak!!!)
Spirit of Nostalgia: Valdo Westphal in “Komatsu” altered
And amazingly, I was awarded the “Spirit of ‘76” award! I was absolutely blown away and very grateful for this huge honour! Thank you to our Mark and all the Wild Bunch for collecting this for me!
Huge Congratulations to Jamie Faulkner who won the overall title of “Best Appearing Car” for the event with his awesome “Moonshine Runner”, very well deserved after all his and Mark’s hard work and the big trip from Germany just in time! Huge Congratulations also to all of Team Limited Funz and “Ballbreaker” who won the overall title of “Best Appearing Team” for the whole event for their fantastic team wear and gorgeous backup girls and stunning performance all round! Very well deserved!!
And the PB’s were amazing:
Mark Coulsell in “Ballbreaker” 8.456
Philippa Turton in “Bitchcraft” 12.977 (her first 12!!)
Gina Durrant in “Tiki Munki” 9.984 (her first 9!! Amazing!!)
Mick Hillier in “Texas Ranger” 9.338 / 138.12
Jamie Faulkner in “Moonshine Runner” 9.4
Craig Larman in “The Ferret” 10.871
Phil Sweeney in “California Dreamin’” 9.005 / 148.63 (next time Phil!!)
Neil Ward in “Andromeda” 8.470
Mick Gleadow in rebuilt “Jurassic Parts II” 9.872 / 138.15 (different configuration)
James Auld in “Little Fauss” 12.817 / 105.67
Huge Verde in “Rabid Rat” 156.35mph
Des Taylor in “Thundergod” 8.778
Please let me know if I have missed any!!! As doing this remotely and no time to organise or do all the double checking yet!!!
Plus special mention goes to Wild Bunch racer Bob Hawkins, running in the Slingshot Showdown, who ran another remarkable PB in “Time Traveller II” of 6.612 !!!! Congratulations, Bob!!
Highlights of this weekend included:
The big and varied fabulous field of Wild Bunch cars and fantastic people, including so many regulars, returning members, new members and guests, 3 full rounds of racing overall, and the Cacklefest (where everyone performed this in memory of Tom Larman, a very fitting tribute to a great friend and led by son Craig); Mark Coulsell and team performed a fireup down the old fireup road to drive on to the track. Race in peace, Tom.
Other highlights include: the absolutely incredible show from all of the Wild Bunch, including loads of gorgeous backup girls, great team wear, great performances and iconic matchups! Everyone really did themselves so very proud yet again!! Well done all! Fantastic!!
Commiserations to all those who had breakages or gremlins, and hope you can all be back out racing soon! Fair play to several teams who had problems over the weekend but managed to fix them and get back out racing!
Everyone put on such an amazing show and fantastic to see all the efforts! Well done everybody!!
Here is the full field of amazing Wild Bunch participants!!!!!! Wow!!!!
Keith Crampton in “Soul Town Shaker”
Pete & Rob Brown in “Wrathchild”
Bob Morgan in “B-Sting”
Mark Coulsell in “Ballbreaker”
Philippa Turton in “Bitchcraft”
Gina Durrant in “Tiki Munki”
Wayne Colliver in "Misfit"
Bradley Cooper in “Back from the Past”
Terry Clifford in “Ratcatcher Resurrection”
Mick Hillier in “Texas Ranger”
Jamie Faulkner in “Moonshine Runner”
Craig Larman in “The Ferret” running in tribute to Dad Tom
Phil James in “Rampage”
Ian Coulsell in “Adventure before Dementia”
Phil Sweeney in “California Dreamin’”
Alan Lloyd in “Gonzo the Great”
Maurice Takoor in "Spirit"
Neil Ward in “Andromeda”
Callum Swinchatt in “Przym Altered”
Didier Canicave in “Folie Douce” (all the way from France)
Russ Heaven in “Tight Fit”
Darryl Howells in “Chemical Reaction”
Mick Gleadow in “Jurassic Parts II”
Dave ‘Sag’ Southworth in “Daddy Cool”
Steve Field in “Black Pig Too”
Andy Stones in “Stoned”
Graham Rawlings in “Rawspeed”
Jim Tanner in “Shindigger”
Steven East in “Ellie’s in Trouble Now”
Tom Davis in “TD’s Slingshot”
Steve Hudson in “In’Trevean’ous” (Welcome Steve! Steve has wanted to run with us for years!!)
James Auld in “Little Fauss”
Hugo Verde in “Rabid Rat” (welcome from France!)
Valdo Westphal in “Komatsu” altered (welcome from Noumea in the South Pacific, and French crew!)
Luca Govoni in “The Earthquake”
Liz Malcolm in “Jus’ 4 Fun” (aka “Refugeefromproetee”!)
Des Taylor in “Thundergod” (welcome Des on your Wild Bunch debut! How do you like the short car?!)
Christian Frei in “Linac #2” (welcome back from Switzerland)
Troy Bull in “Stripduster” - a special guest – Troy is King Harold’s grandson and the 3rd generation to drive the car! Uncle Simon (who drove with Wild Bunch last year) was amongst the crew
What an incredible field of amazing cars! Fantastic! Congratulations to everyone!
It was a really brilliant weekend! And many thanks to all the organisers, starters, track and fire crews, marshals and officials, eurodragster.com team, commentators and media, James Forster and team and absolutely everyone at Santa Pod, for another brilliant event overall!! I have run out of superlatives!
All the very best