Posted - 03 Mar 2018 : 22:42:44
| Hi everyone!
The Wild Bunch held our AGM on Sunday, 18th February, in Upper Bucklebury, and many topics were discussed. Many thanks to everyone who attended the AGM and for all of their contributions. All of the existing officers of the club were re-elected, so the committee stands as:
• Committee General Manager & Race Co-ordinator: Claire Meaddows --- email@example.com
• Secretary: Lynne Coulsell
• Treasurer: Claire Meaddows
• Website consultant/author: Ed Yates
• General Committee members: Mark Coulsell, Dave Williams, Mark Hartnell, Bob Hawkins & Steve Cassisi
The various Series Dates for 2018 were confirmed (see below). A 2018 Membership pack with Registration forms, Rules, Dates, etc was sent out last week to all currently Registered Wild Bunch members, and contained all the details from the meeting, and full information regarding the race dates. The Rules are virtually the same as last season.
As for dates, there are big changes this year, due to ongoing uncertainty with Shakespeare County Raceway and the lack of any scheduled dates there. So, all of our 8 events are scheduled at Santa Pod Raceway. So a huge thanks to everyone at Santa Pod for accommodating us and being so helpful and welcoming to the Wild Bunch! This is so much appreciated! The dates are shown further along in this posting and other postings of the individual Series, but please read all the information in the Registration pack very carefully and pay particular attention to the ‘additional information’ sheet.
All except 2 events are by pre-entry, and there are certain terms and conditions on some, so please ensure you read this thoroughly, and feel free to ask Claire and the committee if you have any questions. Note: you will not be able to just turn up at most of the events, so check details carefully. The MSA events have a 3-week pre-entry deadline, and 3 of the other RWYB events are generally 1 week pre-entry deadline.
Please note that the 2018 Registration form should be completed and returned with the fee before the start of the season in order to enter events and be registered to collect points. So please do this as soon as possible to help with admin, and to ensure you receive news and info about forthcoming events; especially so that you do not miss any extra details about event entries.
Our 2018 season will start at the “Festival of Power” MSA event at Santa Pod, which is a 3-day event over the Easter Weekend, held Friday-Sunday, March 30th – April 1st. Entry forms are available now and found on the Santa Pod Racers Club page through eurodragster.com (under Associations and clubs Link) www.eurodragster.com/sprc. The entry deadline for this event is next Friday 9th March!!!! So make sure you send your entry off this week!! This will be a great event, probably the very first on the excellent new concrete track at the Pod!! It will be the first round of the year in the 8-event ‘Spirit of Nostalgia Challenge’ Series, so we hope to see lots of you there to start off the season!
Then the first Wild Bunch Series Round is the fantastic 25th Anniversary Nostalgia Nationals in the middle of May, so we hope to see most of you at that one!! 2018 will be the 23rd running of the Wild Bunch Series. This year it will be based on “Best 5 of 6 rounds to count”. The Spirit of Nostalgia Challenge will be based on “Best 7 out of 8 rounds to count”. The Springbridge MSA Challenge will be “All 3 rounds to count”. There will be a trophy for the Wild Bunch team with the highest points total over the 3 MSA events the Wild Bunch are competing at this season. The points will be awarded as per the ‘National Championship’ points system, not including bonus points. Many thanks to Bob Hawkins of Springbridge Direct Ltd for again sponsoring this Series! The Roy Wilding Nostalgia Race Cars Series will be “All 3 rounds to count”. Roy is putting up a £300 prize fund for the Series, with the proviso that the winners attend all 3 rounds. Many thanks to Roy!
WB = 23rd Wild Bunch Series
SNC = Spirit of Nostalgia Challenge
SMSA = Springbridge MSA Challenge
RW = Roy Wilding Nostalgia Race Cars Series
Here are all the Series dates for 2018, with the rounds of each Series listed:
* March 30th – April 1st (Fri-Sun) --- FESTIVAL of POWER (MSA pre-entry) --- (SNC 1, SMSA 1)
* May 11th – 13th (Fri-Sun) --- 25th ANNUAL NOSTALGIA NATIONALS (RWYB) --- (WB 1, SNC 2, RW 1)
* June 16th & 17th --- WB ‘JUNE SHOOTOUT’ at the RWYB & RETRO SHOW (RWYB pre-entry) --- (WB 2, SNC 3)
* June 30th & July 1st --- SUMMER NATIONALS (MSA pre-entry) --- (SNC 4, SMSA 2)
* July 14th & 15th --- DRAGSTALGIA (RWYB pre-entry) --- (WB 3, SNC 5, RW 2)
* August 18th & 19th --- WB ‘SUMMER SHOOTOUT’ at the REDLINE RUMBLE (RWYB pre-entry) --- (WB 4, SNC 6)
* September 14th – 16th (Fri-Sun) --- 30th ANNUAL HOT ROD DRAGS (RWYB) --- (WB 5, SNC 7, RW 3)
* October 6th & 7th --- WB ‘FALL NATIONALS’ at the NATIONAL FINALS (MSA pre-entry) --- (WB 6, SNC 8, SMSA 3)
There will be trophies for 1st – 4th Places and Spot Prizes at all of these events.
(All dates will be held at Santa Pod Raceway on the fantastic new concrete track!)
** Note: Please see Wild Bunch Registration pack 'additional event info' for terms and conditions and any limitations
We will be seeking Sponsorship for event trophy or prize funds on an individual event basis in 2018. We already have several rounds sponsored!! Ratcatcher Racing will be kindly sponsoring the trophies for the Festival of Power and Springbridge Direct Ltd will be kindly sponsoring £100 prize money at the same event. Mark Coulsell will be kindly sponsoring £100 prize money at the Nostalgia Nationals through his own company MJC Property Solutions. In June Keith Crampton and his company Wiz Training will be sponsoring the trophies for the June Shootout at the Retro Show. In August Team Paranoia are kindly sponsoring the trophies for the Summer Shootout at the Redline Rumble. Andy & Cathrine Stones will kindly be sponsoring the trophies at the Hot Rod Drags through Andy’s company Sutton Soda Blasting. Huge thanks to all these good folks for their sponsorship. More details of these and other sponsors will be announced during the season before each event. If you would like to offer sponsorship, please see Claire at the track or get in touch with her on: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have some set package deals at the pre-entry RWYB events we are running at this year. To be eligible for the offers you must be a fully paid up current registered Wild Bunch member before booking (a list of Registered members’ names will be given to Santa Pod). Please see the ‘additional event info’ page in the Registration pack for details. Further details will be sent out to members before each of those events, so ensure you have joined up!
Annual Pit Party
We will hold a party in the pits at the Hot Rod Drags in mid-September. More details announced later.
Annual Dinner Dance and Prize Presentation
We have booked the date for the 2018 Wild Bunch Annual Prize Presentation and Dinner Dance! It is: Saturday, 24th November, once again in the Hamilton Suite, Drayton Manor Park.
Full details of all the dates, rules and info are in the 2018 WB Registration packs, SO PLEASE REFER TO THE DATE LIST AND INFORMATION IN THE REGISTRATION PACK FOR FULL CLARIFICATION.
(If you haven’t received yours by the middle of next week, please e-mail Claire to let her know.)
Really looking forward to seeing everyone again, and welcoming all the regulars as well as some new members. Hope you’re all doing well with your off-season rebuilds and pre-season freshen ups! Best of luck for another exciting, fast, safe and successful season! See ya at the drags!