Lucas Oil support for 2013

2012_09_07_EuroFinals_231We are very pleased to say we have LUCAS OIL working with us again next year. We have had genuinely great results with LUCAS products. It would be very easy to say that a product is good when you are using it from a company that are supporting you but realistically, we couldn’t afford to use anything other than a truly great product.

We recently had a team gathering and one of the questions the crew asked was “are we still using LUCAS next year?” So, I am genuinely pleased with the continued support from LUCAS. I have recommended their products to others, again with great results, and it is great to know that we are known by others for using the brand and having good results with it.

Lucas OilTHANK YOU to for great products and support!


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……….”


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, 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!”


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, and Originals Supply Co. for their continued support!”


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!

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