|Written by slinky|
|Saturday, 23 June 2007 00:15|
Got my first taste of drag racing. Ran a lino cracking 15.88sec@88mph quarter mile best with a bone stock roverV8 in the Vauxhall. The first thing I did when I got home was to pull that old dog rover out and put in a real engine. Yes I put in a Chevrolet 307ci small block with a manual gearbox of course!
Found out it takes a lot more money to build a small block than a Rover hence the 2 year delay in getting back on the street.
Now I had discovered real power. Yes I'd got a big block Chevy. DOH! This is the time I found out that I'd never have any spare money ever again, as I systematically broke everything on the car(clutch,gearbox,axle,etc) It took me 2 years to get all the components right(twin plate clutch, Doug Nash 5speed box,pro mod 9inch rear)before I could race again. Must grumble!?!!
Started to make the big block work at last as I reached a long time goal. Running a 10sec quarter had been the holy grail for me
This was the best year so far. Competing in the Custom Car magazine Street Eliminator championship for the first time we came straight out of the box with Red Victor 1 to run 10.50's with no NOS.This enabled us(us being me and crew chief Jason Savory)to win the thunderball at Santa Pod Raceway with a best time of 10.05@140mph with a single stage of NOS,spinning the wheels in every gear. We knew there was more to come!
Made some changes to the engine in the off season to make it take lots of NOS,and thanks to Pete Knight of Knight Racing Services it did(about 400hp worth!),this got to 3rd in the championship, and a best time of 9.22secs@152mph .This was the time I really got the bug to go fast, so I stripped the car completely and decided to build a tube framed Vauxhall.
I was getting on nicely with Red Victor 2 when I was asked to drive a Top Alcohol dragster. How can anyone with drag racing in their blood refuse? So I didn't and ended up driving one the next season.
This was a great learning curve year as we(Pete Knight,Crew Chief,Tony Grayston,Dave Williamson,Bradley Cooper,Debbie Frost,Crew)had never touched an alcohol car before, but it didn't take us long to work it all out .After 3 runs I had my license and the car had run a 3/4 pass of 7.04@175mph .we knew there was lots more performance left so we felt really good at the end of that meeting. The Main Event at Santa Pod was next up and it was straight into competition as it was the first round of the FIA European Top Alcohol championship.
2002 and beyond..