Top Gear Live

Lucky Devil at Top Gear Live 2012“WOW!!! What a busy weekend we had at the Top Gear Live show… We had crowds of people round our race car all weekend and it was great talking to people about drag racing. Many of them knew very little, if anything, about our fantastic sport.

I’m sure that the power figures and the performance numbers we were talking about didn’t make sense at first to a lot of people, but many were very enthusiastic, and I’m really sure we will see some new blood at Santa Pod next season.

One family asked “what is the point”? After a very detailed and enthusiastic explanation they were clearly very interested, and I have already had an e-mail from them saying they will be paying a visit to Santa Pod next year…… result!!!

Of course, we gave our sponsors as much exposure as possible, and many people commented accordingly. So, the weekend was a great success… thank you to all the visitors for the interest and enthusiasm shown, and again, a BIG THANK YOU to all our sponsors and supporters, I’m sure we did you proud.

More great news soon……….”

Wayne

The Season Finale

2012_09_07_EuroFinals_231The National Finals at the end of September found us with a distinct possibility of finishing second in the National Championship… who would have thought that?! We hadn’t performed too well all year, but being at every event and being able to repair things when needed saw us being relatively consistent… and that’s what helps.

The important data we learnt at the European Finals helped us make some changes to the car. Let me tell you, rolling round on Saturday morning for the first qualifying run, I felt so sure, so confident that we were about to make a very big jump forward performance wise. I WAS SURE OF IT!!!

I rolled the gas pedal open as usual in the burnout, then BANG! I shut the motor off instantly and knew it was something in the transmission/drive line area. I was pushed back behind the start line and Lee Kirk opened the door and stared at me……… “Are you OK?!”… “Yes why?” I said… I took my helmet and neck brace off so I could look down… I wont repeat what I said, but I could now understand all the concern! Something had happened with the prop shaft and Lenco which resulted in the prop exiting the car in two pieces, making a mess of the trans shield and hoops on the way. The Lenco had seen better days too, it was quite badly damaged and leaking a lot of fluid. CARNAGE!

Thankfully the safety equipment did its job and no-one was hurt.

So, that was the end of 2012 for the Lucky Devil team. We ended 4th in the MSA British Drag Racing Championship, not too bad considering our performance this year.

Photo courtesy & © Blackjake Bulldographies • www.blackjake.frAll that is left to say is A BIG THANK YOU. To all the crew, Dennis, Adam, Tony, Andy and Lee. Gareth and Joe, our two boys for helping out and being at the track when they could. Keep up the good work at university boys! Belinda, my wife, for the fantastic support and help. I couldn’t do it without you 🙂

Photo courtesy & © Blackjake Bulldographies • www.blackjake.frAnd of course our wonderful sponsors, Lucas Oil, NGK, Allyfab, Dentrepairs.co.uk and Originals Hot Rod Supply Co. for the great products and support. Thank you too to all the fans who say hi and wish us well at the track, it is very welcome.

2013 will see us back at it after a winter repair and rebuild programme. We will be looking out for more companies to come on board as sponsors too, and of course we will keep you all updated with news and progress. Roll on Easter!”

Cheers,
Wayne

The 2012 FIA European Finals

Photo courtesy and © Mad Welshman“My favourite event of the year came round in early September… The FIA European Finals! We had all the same super crew that came to Hockenheim with us, apart from Joe our youngest son. Joe started University at Preston that same week, where he is studying Sports Psychology. Drag Racing has a lot of that, well done Joe.

We qualified reasonably well, although not back to our best performance, and drew Andy Wright’s bad ass Ford in the first round of eliminations. For some reason, neither of us would go in to ‘full stage’, and we had a good old-fashioned burn down on the tree!!! So much so, that Ian Marshall (the chief starter) put the start button down, folded his arms and watched! Andy eventually went in to stage first and I followed… Andy left first, but fortunately we had the better performance and WON with our first SIX for ages, a 6.93 at 193mph!

Giving Bruno a good run in Round 2Moving into Round 2, we had Bruno Bader in the “Gotham City” ’63 Corvette. Bruno was in the running for the European Championship so we just had to give him a race, even though on paper he had us covered. I had the advantage on Bruno from the tree, but he soon powered out in front with a 6.18 to our 6.69 at 198mph! The race itself was much closer than the numbers would indicate, and we learnt a lot from the data on that run, a LOT!!!

Euro Finals 2012 CrewSo that was the European Finals for us, a fantastic weekend, the place was full of spectators, the weather was awesome and it must have been the best race event at Santa Pod for quite some time. The super crew of Dennis, Tony, Adam and Andy and Lee Kirk, did a truly fantastic job all weekend. THANK YOU. Also thanks to our sponsors, Lucas Oil, NGK, Allyfab, Dentrepairs.co.uk and Originals Supply Co. for their continued support!”

Wayne

Corvette Club UK

We have been featured in the latest Corvette Club Newsletter. We could quite possibly be the quickest Corvette the club have featured? Thanks to the club members for all the interest they have shown!

Check out the club website at www.corvetteclub.org.uk

Hockenheim!

“Well, we were very well prepared for our first ever trip to Hockenheim in Germany for the NitrOlympx. All the travel arrangements were made, our truck was complete with spares, tools, fuel and all the support equipment we needed and all the crew were very enthusiastic………..

What we didn’t expect were the track conditions, they were so poor. The story appears to be that, the drag strip was chemically cleaned to get rid off the rubber on it!! This was because the drag strip is part of a run off area for the F1 guys, who had raced there a couple of weeks earlier.

HockenheimWe tried, just like everyone else, to get down the track. I decided to leave the line in second gear and from idle…….. and it still went up in smoke…… pedalling it up the track gave us a 9.05!!! The track was so bad that Robert Joosten lost control and hit the wall during the burnout. So we decided to sit the rest of qualifying out.

We had finished 3rd after the first session, and were still 9th after the third. Quite a few guys didn’t complete all the sessions.

The event was eventually called off for all Pro classes…….. even 11 second sportsman cars were spinning the tyres… so we had no chance. However, not to be down hearted. We all still had a great time, fantastic weather, a great road trip (1498 miles), lots of laughs and another great experience.

hockenheim2Thanks to all the crew, Dennis, Adam, Joe and Tony. And the new recruits, Andy and Lee Kirk. Thank you! Not forgetting Belinda, who deserves a medal for keeping us all in check and looking after us for a week.

Of course, our sponsors really do a good job too…. Lucas Oil, NGK, Ally Fab, DentRepairs.co.uk and Originals Hot Rod Supply Co... we flew the flag for you all, THANKS GUYS!

Huge crowd at HockenheimHopefully the next time we are there the crowds will get to see a bit more of us, all 64,000 of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Wayne

Mid Season Update

2012_06_02_MainEvent_114“Well since the beginning of this season we have struggled a bit. We don’t have any problem at all in making the power but we have found ourselves in a situation where we have to try and control and use the power that we have.

This is the knack in Pro-Modified drag racing. Our best of 6.58 at 214mph was relatively straightforward, but trying to go quicker is a little bit more difficult.

However, we have learnt a lot this year and picked up some very useful data at Santa Pod’s Summer Nationals. I am sure we can use this to help us go even quicker before the end of the season.

july12-06I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU once again to our crew and sponsors, the support is without doubt, the best. LUCAS OIL have given us a new product to use this year “Extreme Pressure Valve Train Grease”, and I have to say we are very pleased with it. This is just one example of the great support we have.

Look out for us throughout the rest of the year… our next stop is HOCKENHEIM in GERMANY for the Nitro Olympx, our first European trip… lets see if we can use some of that all important info we have gathered.

See you soon!”

Wayne