Shakespeare County Raceway
Yanks Weekend/Gary's Picnic 24th, 25th, 26th May 2014
by Steve Weston
With the UK Drag Racing season in full swing, hopes where high that the month of May would bring some spectacular racing to both Shakespeare County and Santa Pod raceways, after all we were approaching summer!
A promising start was made with the MSA/ACU Springspeed Nationals, the first of two visits to Shakespeare County in the UK National points title series at the beginning of the month with the weather set fair, blue skies and the track surface in excellent shape. The Outlaw Anglia's and Wild Bunch were in attendance contesting rounds of their individual series and a fine show of 'nostalgia' racing ensued.
Seven second passes in Outlaw Anglia are now almost common place and once again the final showdown came down to Cliff Griffin and Colin Millar with Millar taking the win 7.68 secs to Griffin 7.78 secs. close, oh yes.
Miller v Griffin in the Outlaw Anglia Final
New records and personal bests where the order of the day in the Wild Bunch class Adz Price in the 'Go Hard or Go Home' topolino running an 8 sec pass for the first time and Bob Hawkins in the 'Time Traveller Two' slingshot setting a new ET record of 7.49 secs, the previous record having been set more than 10 years ago.
New records and personal bests for the Wild Bunch
Here in the UK , the end of May is a three day weekend, with a public holiday on the Monday, 25th May.
Santa Pod raceway run the first round of the FIA/FIM European Drag Racing Championships over the weekend and Shakespeare County stage the ever popular Yanks Weekend/Gary's Picnic. Needless to say, the vagaries of the British weather meant that little or no racing took place at either facility on the Saturday, although forecasts for the Sunday were much brighter.
Sure enough Sunday dawned bright and sunny and the usual eclectic mix of vehicles were in attendance at the Yanks weekend, with the first appearance of the year of the Gasser Circus and Supercharged Outlaws at Shakespeare County, anticipation was high.
A number of new and returning cars were evident in the Gasser field, good to see the return of the 'Goldrush' car and the wheel standing antics of the, new to the class, 'Mighty Mouse' Ford Pop. Sure to become a firm favourite with its spectacular style!
Numbers were a little down in Supercharges Outlaw, but as always some fast and furious racing took place. NDW's own Joe Bond in the Nuthin' Fancy Altered has to be awarded drive of the day having saved the wildly sideways altered during his first qualifying run of the day. Sadly, it eliminated Joe from the rest of the event, but, at least the car and himself went home in one piece.
Sunday at the raceway saw the Shakespeare County leg of the 2014 UK Power Tour. An event designed to be run over three legs at each of the UK permanent raceways, Santa Pod, Shakey and York Dragway. on consecutive days with the cars being driven to each venue. Again, unfortunately, the weather intervened but a fine show of muscle, classic and kit cars added to the entertainment on the day.
Monday was set aside for the eliminations and finals for the Gassers, Wild Bunch and Supercharged Outlaws, but.........., the weather again did its best to interrupt proceedings and with heavy showers frustrating attempts to conclude the event, an end was called early in the afternoon, closing a frustrating bank holiday of racing.
Similarly, at Santa Pod a good days racing was possible on the Sunday, but, Monday again was a total wash out.
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