Back in the 6 second zone!

Photo by Ian Blackett“Great news!!! The Lucky Devil set a new personal best at the Summer Nationals at Santa Pod – 6.69 seconds at 210mph!! It’s great to be back in the 6 second zone and going quicker too. We are sure that there is more to be had from our Chevy motor and, the good thing is, we didn’t hurt a thing all weekend.

Pro-Modified isn’t a class to be taken lightly, its like getting in the ring with a Heavy Weight champ, its going to hurt quite a bit, but when things come good it’s all worthwhile! We managed to qualify 3rd and only just got beat in the first round against Graham Ellis, both of us having a “peddle fest” all the way up the track, great fun!!

Photo by Ian BlackettOf course all this would not be possible if it wasn’t for the support of my crew and family, and of course our sponsors. THANK YOU to all!

I can’t wait to get back in the seat!”

Wayne

 

Thanks to Ian Blackett for the photos

Welcome to our new sponsors

Lucky Devil Drag Racing are proud to announce two new sponsors joining us for the 2010 season – Opie Oils and AllyFab.

Opie Oils
Opie Oils specialises in the distribution of quality oils and lubricants for all makes of cars and motorcycles. They also stock a range of performance parts.
Tel: 01209 215164

www.opieoils.co.uk

Allyfab
AllyFab are specialist fabricators. Everything is made to order; fuel tanks, header tanks, louvered panels… virtually anything you need in aluminium.
Tel: 01246 855185 or 07743 976937

www.allyfab.co.uk

Please visit their websites for further information.  If you would like to join them and promote your company with the Lucky Devil Drag Racing team, please contact us.

2009 Season Review

“Well, this year has been very good for us with some unfortunate bad stuff thrown in. Racing in Pro Modified is in my opinion the best class there is in Drag Racing. You do HAVE TO DRIVE these things, 2000hp plus in a door car is a truly incredible experience. We had our first SIX second pass at well over 200mph and we qualified for the Main Event at Santa Pod in May which was a great achievement at a European event.

Burning out at York RacewayTo give you an idea of how quickly one of these beasts accelerates, we recorded 1.01 seconds to the sixty foot beams at 79mph!!! So when somebody mentions the 0 to 60 time of the latest showroom supercar, just have a think about it?!

We had a couple of cases of engine damage this year, which unfortunately has to be expected to a certain extent at this level, so I must thank Kenny at E.D.A. for his usual support and Andy Mapes for machine work. Dennis and Luke, my crew, are both diamonds and I have to say they are tireless and I can’t thank them enough. Dennis also has the added benefit of being able to make me laugh at almost anything, his sense of humour is very sharp, cheers mate! Luke has a score to settle at some time, I am expecting it! I played a practical joke on him earlier this year which was absolutely priceless, his face was a picture!

We want to attend our first European event next year, hopefully at Hockenheim in Germany, so that’s something new to look forward to.

Euro Finals crowd 2009This winter will see some minor changes to the car and possibly a change to our support vehicle, so the off season won’t be boring at all.

I will also be approaching a number of companies for potential sponsorship, so if you get a proposal drop through your door take your time and have a good look!!

One last thing for now; we have a new team boss! Jimmy is Dennis and Stacey’s son, he has been to a few events with us this year and I think you will agree that he certainly looks the part!”

Jimmy
Dennis & Jimmy

Custom Car cover feature

Custom Car coverThe Lucky Devil Pro Mod Corvette is the cover car of the June 2009 issue of Custom Car! Mark Gredzinski’s excellent feature details Wayne’s history in drag racing and brings us right up to date with the 6.72/209mph run achieved in testing at Santa Pod last month. Mark’s fantastic photos are spread across the seven page feature, including a centre page pull out poster!

The June 2009 issue of Custom Car is out now priced £3.85, so check your nearest good newsagent or just head over to www.customcarmag.co.uk.

IT’S A SIX!!!!

KOBELCO Supercharger“We have hit the SIX second zone, with confidence. Our first full pass this year was a 6.72 at 209mph!!!!! This is a big leap from our previous best of 7.19 at 191mph, our new KOBELCO supercharger has certainly done its job.

Unfortunately we damaged the engine on the first six second pass. We pushed a head gasket out, damaging the cylinder head and block! The damage is more time consuming than anything which means we won’t be able to compete at Santa Pod’s Easter Thunderball. Below you can see for yourself the damage to the block and the singed bulkhead, the damage to the cylinder head, and the distorted head gasket.

It’s a definite shame, but we shouldn’t moan, you can’t expect to have this kind of performance without the occasional hiccup! Thanks to my SUPER CREW, Dennis, Luke, Adrian, my two sons Gareth and Joe, and of course my wife Belinda.”

Wayne

One Lucky Devil…

“On our very last run of the season, I had an interesting ride! Usually, just as I cross the finish line, I reach up and pull the lever to deploy the twin parachutes and wait for the ‘hit’ of the chutes to scrub some speed off and then start to apply the brakes. This time nothing happened! When you are doing a little over 191 mph, you start thinking quickly, VERY quickly!

Photo courtesy of Phil GraystonI realised that for some reason the chutes were not doing anything, so I started to use the brakes whilst trying not to burn them up, so I was feeding the pedal in, easing off and feeding it in again. It soon became apparent that I was fast running out of tarmac before the field starts at the end of the shutdown area at Santa Pod!

The safety marshals at the Pod (who do an awesome job) soon realised that I had a bit of a job to do as I was hurtling up the top end. I soon took a lot of speed off thanks to the four wheel disc brakes, and made the decision to not try and make the return road turn off! The car came to a stop about 15ft short of the field and literally seconds later the marshals came running over, fire extinguishers in hand. “Are you okay?” was the question, quickly followed by the comment “your brakes stink!”.

Well, yes I was okay, good experience actually, and yes the brakes did stink, with quite a bit of brake dust floating about in the car, no harm done. I was pushed back and on to the return road and inspected the chutes. They had opened on the run, but just kind of fell on the floor, and didn’t catch any air until too late, so didn’t make any effect. The reason appears to be the pilot chutes are a little bit “rough around the edges”, so they will be replaced over the winter period. A few other bits and pieces will be updated / changed over the winter including a brand new supercharger!!

Photo courtesy of Phil GraystonThis will give us more available boost pressure, which in turn allows us to add more fuel to the mix and create more power, helping us to get in to the six second zone……

Thanks to everyone, we are looking forward to next season…….”

Wayne

Photos courtesy & copyright Phil Grayston

Season Round Up

Photo courtesy of Peter Donaldson“Well after all this bad weather this year, you could be forgiven for thinking we wouldn’t have much to write about. The Summer Nationals at Santa pod saw us back in to the sevens with a 7.77 losing out to Andy Robinson in the first round.

The European Finals was next at the beginning of September. This is my favourite event of the year as it usually falls on or around my birthday, a great way to spend your birthday. The trouble this year was, we saw even more of the dreaded wet stuff, it rained and rained, we had only one shot at qualifying and unfortunately I didn’t make it!

Photo courtesy of Peter DonaldsonThe National Finals at the Pod was our last opportunity to get some good runs this year, and what a great weekend. We ran a new personal best of 7.19 at over 191mph, still not in that magical 6 second zone, but considering our distinct lack of track time this year, and the fact we are tuning the car ourselves as a team, I don’t think we did too bad. The car ran faultlessly all weekend, arrow straight, with no damage, and we also managed to get some more valuable data to continue our tuning programme for next season.

Over the winter we have a few upgrades to do performance wise as well as the usual between season stuff.

So that is our first season in Pro-Mod, all that is left to say is a massive thank you to all my crew, everyone at EDA, Webster Race Engineering and the tireless crew at Santa Pod, they deserve a medal for all the hard work this year.

I can’t wait for next season!!!”

Cheers,
Wayne

Photos courtesy & copyright Peter Donaldson