British Drag Racing
Start of the Season
March 2008 will mark the start of a new season for Santa Pod drag-racing enthusiasts everywhere.
The winners for each class in the European Finals September 2007 were as follows:
FIA Top Fuel Dragster - Urs Erbacher
FIA Top Methanol Dragster - Dave Wilson
FIA Top Fuel Funny Car - Dan Larsen
FIA Top Methanol Funny Car - Freddy Fagerström
FIA Pro Modified - Micke Gullquist
FIA Bilsport Pro Mod - Patrick Wikström
FIA Pro Stock - Jimmy Ålund
Super Pro ET - Spencer Tramm
Pro ET - Charlie Chivers
Sportsman ET - Hans Van Der Spek
Super Comp - Martin Curbishley
Super Gas - Stuart Doignie
Super Street - Bob Lees
Comp Elimanator - Andy Frost
Junior Dragster - Nick Mugridge
Not so many bike classes in 2007 - my own mate Phil Pratt wasn't in attendance in the 9.50 class
IM/UEM Top Fuel Bike - Ian King
FIM/UEM Supertwin - Lorenz Stäuble
FIM/UEM Pro Stock Bike - Tom Tinndahn
The season at Santa Pod officially starts with the Easter Thunderball (21st - 24th March). The Barn has now gone (let's have a moment of silence please), to be replaced with (of all things) a concrete wall. So those of us who normally head down to the Barn to grab a lungful of tar and gravel will have to make do with standing at the barriers behind the Hog Roast instead.
There have been rumours of Urs Erbacher coming over with his new souped-up Top Fuel Dragster this season - the car that regularly clears times of 4 seconds. That will blow every other dragster out of the running this year!
Personally, I'm just looking forward to seeing Pennzoil's new look. He's gone from TFD in 2006 to TFF in 2007...wonder what this year has in store for my favourite car...?
Santa Pod 2007
The top picture is of the finishing line gantry and is the sight which most Podders love the most. Our lot live for the moment when we drive through the gates and catch our first sight of this gorgeous piece of metalwork. We normally arrive at Pod around midday so the light is just right.
The second picture is of the view from the Barn (RIP) as we were waiting for FireForce to come round. I've often wished that I could see this view from inside a drag car...Sadly, this view will no longer be possible now the Barn has gone.
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