DRAGSTALGIA VII

NOS­TAL­GIA RAC­ING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POND

Drag Racer - - Quarter-mile Update - Text and Pho­tos by Andy Will­sheer

SANTA POD RACE­WAY'S AN­NUAL HOMAGE TO RAC­ING OF YES­TER­YEAR HAS BE­COME ONE OF THE VENUE'S MOST POP­U­LAR EVENTS AS WELL AS EUROPE'S PRIME NOS­TAL­GIA EX­PE­RI­ENCE SINCE ITS IN­CEP­TION IN 2011.

This year’s event included the Sling­shot Show­down, front-mo­tor dig­gers run­ning quicker that 8.5 sec­onds, and the wildly pop­u­lar Gasser Cir­cus, fea­tur­ing the Gasser Wars: UK vs. Europe. The UK Nos­tal­gia Su­per­stock As­so­ci­a­tion, which al­lows Amer­i­can-made cars up to 1980 with V-8 en­gines to be mem­bers, had 30 en­tries. It fea­tured a di­alin be­tween 14.99 and 9.00 sec­onds. Su­per­charged Out­laws show­cas­ing teams cam­paigned every­thing from al­tereds and doorslam­mers to sling­shots. Fur­ther­ing the Out­law trend were groups of Anglias and Flat Fours (VWs). The Willys Wars and the Wild Bunch Nos­tal­gia Drag Rac­ing Club also saw fu­ri­ous ac­tion.

Bikes, as al­ways, were fea­tured, with the Na­tional Sprint As­so­ci­a­tion or­ga­niz­ing a turnout of his­toric drag bikes for a shootout. John Hobbs, re­tired, renowned com­peti­tor of years gone by, sad­dled up a cou­ple of bikes. The prime ma­chine was his famed Hob­bit 1,700cc Wes­lake blown twinengined en­try. See­ing the eight­sec­ond bike run was a treat for the crowd, and all credit to the team for bring­ing it along for demon­stra­tion passes.

This event chalked up an­other suc­cess at the home of Bri­tish drag rac­ing.

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