Wow, this event just keeps getting better and better doesn’t it? The 5th annual Dragstalgia was an incredible affair which had the pits, show paddock and even campsites brimming with some awesome street and strip machinery. The gates opened bright and early on Friday morning to an absolute scorcher with RWYB running throughout the afternoon under the glorious sunshine. We saw everything from RWYB’ers to race vehicles from the invited classes getting some testing in ahead of the weekends action. It was great to see the debut of the beautiful Bond, Hannis and Osborne slingshot but unfortunately due to some supercharger damage, the Friday was the only time we’d see it on track.
Saturday saw the debut of a number of other cars too including another couple of slingshots from Mark Bishop and Jon Webster which lined up side by side for their first passes. Unfortunately at least 1 of these debuts didn’t go to plan either as Jon Webster made what’s become known as his “Maiden flight” in the car. Little more than a launch was planned and launch it did as the car went skyward before crashing down and tagging both walls but thankfully Jon is OK and the car doesn’t seem too badly damaged.
It was fantastic to finally see Clive Mechaell’s Hot Rod from Hell complete a pass after 19 years and 4 years of trying at previous Dragstalgia’s, I’m sure that brought back some fond memories as Clive put in a storming low 7 second pass with a pedal and he still lost the blower belt at around 1000ft.
As usual, the cacklefest and fire burnouts closed the track for the evening on Saturday and this year the cacklefest boasted a couple of nitro cars in the mix to everyone’s delight. Seasoned flamers Bob Hawkins and Dave Nelson were the only 2 brave enough to set themselves alight and as usual they put in a couple of storming burnouts to pull out of a pool of fire.
There was action on track all weekend long from RWYB and all of the invited classes who we can’t thank enough for getting behind the event and making the effort with tow vehicles, backup girls, on track entertainment and participation in the cacklefest and fire burnouts. I’m sure everyone will agree that you guys put on one hell of a show. Speaking of which, that brings us onto the matter of the Showmanship trophies as awarded by our pro commentary team and the results are as follows:
Best Appearing Team
Dave Mckenzie and “The Thing” funny car with the Supercharged Outlaws
Moment of the Weekend
Bill Sherratt with the “Yesterdays Dreams” slingshot taking part in the Cacklefest
Burnout of the Weekend
Lowest ET of the Weekend
Tim Garlick in the Apache Firebird funny car
6.13 @ 221mph
Wheelstand of the Weekend
Jon Webster with the Hephaestus Slingshot
Driving Job of the Weekend
Ian Clarke of the Outlaw Flat Four after a wild ride
Best Backup Guy/Girl
Nicole Rumble for Gina Rumble with the Wild Bunch
The Nostalgia Cannonball was a little light on numbers this year compared to what we’ve become accustomed to but there were some real talking points nonetheless. There were 2 cars on site that were a work in progress from Simon Hayward and Andy Raw, both of which we can’t wait to see completed! Thanks to Andy and Simon for bringing them along for us all to see!
So, onto those that were running and we had a new driver in the hot seat of the Chaos altered with Jake Clayton who did a superb job with his first few passes. Dave Grabham had a tough weekend with Freddys Revenge so that left Ramon Van Der Weurf and Tim Garlick to duke it out for 2015 Cannonball win. Despite the final run getting rained off we decided the results based on the qualifying standings. In the end it was a pretty dominant performance from Tim who ran in the low 6’s on every single pass as Ramon had engine gremlins and struggled with a couple of high 6’s and a 7 which simply was no match for the charging Apache.
The NSRA gang took great care of the Autoglym Show & Shine and the standard of cars in the show car paddock on both Saturday and Sunday was incredible. There were some awesome rods and immaculate custom machines so we must say a massive thanks to all of the owners for coming along.
The prize winners were as follows:
1955 Chevy Bel Air
56 Pro Street Chevrolet
Chevy ½ ton Pickup
1931 5 Window Ford
Best of Show
1932 3 Window Ford Coupe
So that’s a wrap, Dragstalgia for another year, it must be time to start counting down from another 365 days till the next one! This is fast becoming the must go to date on the calendar for any petrol head so get the date in your diary as soon as it’s announced. Don’t forget that here at Santa Pod we’re celebrating 50 years as a drag strip next year and you can bet that we’ll be celebrating in style at Dragstalgia 2016. See you then!