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Hot Rod Drags September 14 - 16

The 'Hot Rod Drags' was the seventh event of the WB season. It was the 5th round of the Wild Bunch Series, Spirit of Nostalgia Challenge Series Round 7 and the 3rd and Final round of the Roy Wilding Nostalgia Race Cars Series. We had an excellent field of 31 Wild Bunch cars participating! 9 Altereds, 19 Slingshots, 1 rear-engined dragsters and 2 funny cars.
Wild Bunch Points
18Mark Coulsell&Steve CassisiBallbreaker10
2316James AuldLittle Fauss8
345Phil JamesRampage7
493Peter HuckleThe Jagster6
52Jim TannerShindigger5
-66Team Ratchet StrapCheap Thrills5
-78Keith CramptonSoultown Shaker5
-98Robert WhiteHappy Daze5
91Team B-StingB-Sting4
-30Mick HillierTexas Ranger4
-41Craig LarmanThe Ferret4
-64Russ HeavenTight Fit4
-68Mick GleadowJurassic Parts 24
1453Gary ParkesPurple Daze3
-61Chris ManningThe Villain3
-67Darryl HowellsChemical Reaction3
-94Dave GibbonsRough Diamond3
-888Des TaylorThundergod3
1954Phil Sweeney California Dreamin'2
-55Alan LloydGonzo The Great2
-101Steven EastEllie's In Trouble Now2
-115Paul BambrickAmerican Pie2
233Pete & Rob BrownWrathchild1
-5Lee HartnellMetal Mistress1
-12Mark & Philippa TurtonLegion / Bitchcraft1
-22Bradley CooperBack From The Past1
-25Terry CliffordRatcatcher Resurrection1
-56Maurice TakoorSpirit1
-69Alan LotenParanoia1
-91Bob HawkinsTime Traveller II 1
-112Matt FullerOblivion1
Spot Prizes
WB NoTeam/DriverCarDetail
Closest To Dial-In1Team B-StingB-Sting0.004off
Best Reaction316James AuldLittle Fauss0.032
Best Altered53Gary ParkesPurple Daze
Best Slingshot98Robert WhiteHappy Daze
Drivers Choice8Mark CoulsellBallbreaker
Best Appearing Team888Des TaylorThundergod
Best Burnout54Phil Sweeney California Dreamin'
Most Improved ET55Alan LloydGonzo The Great0.36

Friday was a pure Run-What-You-Brung day and many teams took advantage of the track time that day. Saturday was a mixture of RWYB and scheduled classes, and unfortunately the queue was exceptionally long in the morning! Though better in the afternoon. There was the inaugural Santa Pod / NSRA 'Cracklefest' on the evening, and 10 Wild Bunch teams took part with spectacular fireworks to follow! There was only a short stoppage for some spots of rain Sunday morning, and some windy conditions at times throughout the weekend, but overall the weather was good. We started our first round quite early on the Sunday, and managed to get all 4 rounds of racing in, just before the end.

The PBs were: Lee Hartnell in 'Metal Mistress' 122.07mph, Mark Coulsell in 'Ballbreaker' 8.223/157.39, Mick Hillier in 'Texas Ranger' 9.254, Craig Larman in 'The Ferret' 10.548, Gary Parkes in 'Purple Daze' 9.250/139.40, Alan Lloyd in 'Gonzo the Great' 7.87/157.94, Chris Manning in 'The Villain' 7.712/176.44, Steve Heaven in 'Tight Fit' 8.728/152.08, JJ Johnson in 'Cheap Thrills' 9.81. Many Congratulations to all those who ran PB's at the weekend, especially Alan with Gonzo's first 7-second run and Steve with his first 8. Big Congratulations to Bob Hawkins too, who won the NSRA award for the Quickest Wild Bunch car with his amazing 6.624 at 210.90mph pass on Saturday!!Commiserations to all those who suffered breakages! Such a shame to see all of these after a great season! Best of luck to everyone in repairing the damage and coming back stronger! Highlights of the weekend include the large and fantastic field of Wild Bunch, the Cracklefest, the weather being almost entirely dry all 3 days, completing all 4 rounds, and of course the brilliant group of cars and people!

Huge thanks to all the Santa Pod marshals and officials, track and safety crews and organisers and all at the NSRA for all their hard work. Fair play to you all! Real nice to see Chris Schreier running the startline Friday! Well done! And Dave Rowlands working so hard as always! Thanks everyone! Many thanks to Andy and Cathrine of Sutton Soda Blasting for sponsoring the trophies and to Steve & Lesley Field of Fieldcraft Fabrication for sponsoring the prize money on behalf of themselves and DASH Racing. And a huge well done to all of the Wild Bunch for an amazing show as always!! You all did yourselves proud!!