24th Annual Wild Bunch Prize Presentation on Saturday 30th November
What a fabulous evening we all had at our Annual Prize Presentation Dinner Dance at the SnowDome in Tamworth!! Another brilliant event, celebrating our 24th season!!
Barry Bohannon & Paul Wright were our fantastic MCs for the evening, and we had some special presentations to add to the trophies given to our Series and Merit award winners.
Flowers were presented thanks to Mark Coulsell, and on behalf of the Wild Bunch, to Claire Meaddows. Gifts were given to all the lovely ladies attending. A special photo of our smiliest team with their happy face t-shirts was presented to the “Happy Daze” team
Various messages were read noting some highlights of the season including the PB’s of those attending. Our sponsors for the season were thanked for their great support!
The Series winners of the Roy Wilding Nostalgia Race Cars Series, the Springbridge MSUK Challenge, Spirit of Nostalgia Challenge Series and the Wild Bunch Series were presented with their well-earned trophies.
Commemorative presentations were given to:
Ed Yates – for the fab new Wild Bunch website
Lynne Coulsell - for Wild Bunch Secretary and more
Claire Meaddows - for Wild Bunch Race Co-ordinator & Treasurer & GM
We made several special presentations, including a glass crystal star to Keith Crampton to celebrate his achievement of finishing in the Top 10 of the Wild Bunch for 10 years in a row!! Well done Keith!!
British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Induction celebration
Then we celebrated the recent presentation of the Bootsie for The Wild Bunch’s Induction in to the ‘British Drag Racing Hall of Fame’. This was announced by Paul Wright and our two longest standing Wild Bunch members attending, committee members Mark Coulsell and Dave Williams, were asked to receive the Bootsie again on behalf of the whole Wild Bunch. Such a huge honour for our club!
Big Bang Trophy - Bob Hawkins with “Time Traveller II”
Fastest time by a British-engined dragster (Sponsored by Martin Holgate) – Dr Faye Hern in “Daddy Cool” 9.442 (backed up by a much quicker 9.089!) [criteria 2+ events with a 2% backup]
Fastest MPH – Rob Brown in “Rebel” with 161.91mph (+ backup 159.60mph)
[criteria 4+ events with a 2% backup]
Quickest E.T. – Mark Coulsell in “Ballbreaker” 8.143 (+ backup 8.178)
[criteria 4+ events with a 2% backup]
Roy Wilding Best Newcomer – Andy Clifford in “Snake Eyes”
Best Dragster/Radical – Phil James in “Rampage”
Best Slingshot – Rob & Pete Brown in “Rebel”
Best Altered - Callum Swinchatt in “Kings N/W”
Roy Wilding Best Turned Out – Wrathchild Racing in “Rebel”
Best Achiever - Callum Swinchatt in “Kings N/W”
Perseverance Award – Lee & Mark Hartnell with “Metal Mistress”, “Backdraft” & “Couped Up”
Derek & Brenda Annable trophy – Ian, Ozzie & Harrison – The Brown Family of Thatadoo Racing
C & C Sportsperson - Terry, Ruth, Andy, Rachael & James – The Clifford Family
Crew of the Year – Alan ‘Skippy’ Skipp for “Cheap Thrills”, “Bitchcraft”, “Ballbreaker” and more!
Scottie Durrant Above & Beyond Award – Craig Larman in “The Ferret”
Personal Achievement (Daddy Cool Sag Award) - Team Ratchet Strap Racing
'Crazy Chris' Showmanship Award – Callum Swinchatt in “Kings N/W”
And THE BIG ONE!....... The DON GARLITS ‘SPIRIT OF DRAG RACING’ SHIELD
The 2018 winners, Team Rampage presented the Shield to the 2019 winners:
Wrathchild Racing – Rob & Pete & Hayley and George & Julie Brown
Huge Congratulations to the whole team of Marras on this achievement!! Very well done and very well deserved!!
Many Congratulations to all our winners! Well done on all your achievements! Best Wishes to everyone for the off season! Good luck with all your winter rebuilds, builds and freshen ups! Looking forward to next season already, for our incredible 25th Anniversary year of The Wild Bunch!!!
Best wishes to you all!