Flame & Thunder 2016 was an absolutely epic day and night of entertainment of monstrous proportions. We were blessed with near tropical conditions for the end of October which meant the track remained open all day long with some incredible racing.
The drag demo’s were filled with all sorts of weird and wonderful machines from classic v8 muscle to the pinnacle of UK FWD racing and thanks to a couple of rigged wheelstanders there were wheelies left, right and centre all day long. One of the highlights of the day was seeing Chez Williams pilot Andy Morgans Splitscreen Panel van to a new world record of 11.24 at 112mph which is a stunning time in any car – never mind a camper van! Robin Read also put in a couple of stonking runs in his nitro fuelled, Daimler engined dragster with an awesome best time of 6.84 192mph and the car running into the darkness looked and sounded incredible. Liam Jones was due to make a couple of passes in his current day top fuel dragster but unfortunately failed to find any traction away from the startline.
A very welcome addition to proceedings on track was Jason Phelps and the Gladiator Fuel Funny car who made a decent launch earlier in the day before making a spectacular pass under the floodlights. The car hooked up perfectly off the startline with the header flames lit all the way up to half track where he unfortunately suffered an explosion. Jason was fine but the same can’t be said for the engine! Jet cars are always a crowd favourite and we had 2 dragsters, a funny car and a miniature funny car on site. The four each made a number of thundering passes throughout the day for our enjoyment AND who can forget FireForce 3 putting in a night pass joined by a line of fireworks for company. It looked like the fireworks were away first but by the finish line the mighty jet had reeled them in and crossed the finish line first with ease. Eric Teboul had everyone open mouthed after a couple of passes on his rocket propelled 2 wheel machine with a best time of the day of 5.23 seconds at over 250mph.
The action wasn’t confined to the drag strip as there was plenty to see in the Live Action Arena too. There was another jet in the hands of Herve Franquin with his Peugeot 205 who also did a fantastic job to light up the bonfire, the drifting trio of Team Maximum Lock with late night firework show, stunt quad bike rider Jason Smyth and 2 mighty monster trucks. All went relatively well with the exception of a very near miss from the resident truck Podzilla who seemed to be balanced perfectly on 2 wheels for what felt like an eternity before softly touching back down to earth.
There was live music on the stage and even some familiar faces with some of your favourite superheroes including Spiderman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Super Girl!
A wander round the venue will have revealed all manner of machinery from show & shine stunners to giant Kenilworth trucks and steam engines and there was plenty to have a go at too from driving a mini monster truck, playing on an interactive climbing wall and having an extreme passenger ride in a drift car.
All of this was topped off by the annual, colossal fireworks display to compliment the whole days’ worth of action. We hope you all enjoyed the day and made some happy new memories with us. We have one more evening of fireworks and Monster trucking left for the year on Saturday 5th of November so if we don’t see you then – we look forward to seeing you back at the UK’s most action packed venue in 2017!