Main Event Wrap up

A Bank holiday weekend with sun?…. Sounds too good to be true but that’s what we had! A great weekend at Santa pod Amazing Weather, Great Friends and Awesome Drag Racing.

With the Main Event being a big event in the calendar for us, especially after the Incident that we had at the Festival of power we began to prep early and that we did.

Wayne & Gareth both set off down to Track on Tuesday night after leaving the Truck at the Track the weekend before. On the way they made a quick stop at Heathrow airport to collect an additional member of the Crew who was landing Wednesday morning.

Flying in from America was Camp Stanley from Stanley and Weiss Racing Who was here to help the Lucky Devil team get to grips with there new found power and help with the tuning process since we had additional systems on the car. If you don’t know about Camp (Would be surprised if you didn’t) then just give his name a google or ask any Drag Racer if they know who Camp Stanley is. Everyone has a story to tell about this guy! he is one of a kind and a fountain on knowledge.

20th May 2015

After picking up Camp from the Airport we headed towards Santa pod to start a ‘Long’ weekend of drag racing!, stopping along the way for some food in a sleepy little village (That’s a whole other story though, check out Camp’s tale of events Here). Getting to the track the truck was already there and Richard Harker (Chief) met us there and we began to unload the car and the rest of the trucks contents. Since the Devil was in the accident at the last event and this was the first time it had been back on all fours with everything back in its right place and the wiring pretty much back in place, We had to tow it round to webster’s for base lining, which luckily is just on the entrance to the track.

All base lined and Ready to rock we brought the car back round to the pits and set up the rest of the pit, tools out flooring down and awning up!. Since we wouldn’t be racing until Thursday at the latest this gave us time to get used to the new software and hardware on the car and what it can do for us.

21st May 2015

Sun?! That can’t be right….. are we even at Santapod? Surprisingly true, Thursday was a day for tinkering and fine tuning with the help of legend him self camp Stanley, He was even nice enough to leave us with a nice memento of his visit.
22nd May 2015

With Friday being a dead day for racing with the pro-mod teams we had extra time to learn about our system and even enjoy abit of socializing with Trouble Racing Who had welcomed us round to their Pit that they were sharing with Turboville Racing Andy one of the team members of Trouble racing had cooked up and amazing Pulled pork meal that had been cooking slowly from midnight the night before, Complements to the chef! With the rest of the night filled with laughter and piss taking we retired to our pits ready for the racing ahead of us on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Saturday – Monday
23rd – 25th May 2015

With the car all in one shape since the crash and the problems from last years season out of the way we was back at square one with trying to get the power on to the track and learn about how the new tyres will put up with the power. The Driver (Wayne Nicholson) did a great job with getting the car down the track to get the all important valuable information that we need to help tune the car and get it down to the low sixes where we should be.

All in all the weekend of racing was a great success, we didn’t qualify but the team was happy the driver was happy the car was back in one piece and working as it should. all that is left to do now is to work on improving the performance and getting up there with the big dogs and racing in the low sixes.

Thank you once again to everyone of our crew for their hard work over the weekend and for their effort they put in on and off the track!
Thank you to Camp Stanley for taking the time out of his busy schedule to take us under his wing and teach us some valuable car lessons and life lessons
and most of all thank you to our sponsors and fans without you guys none of this is possible!



On the Mend

As you may or may not know, At the Festival of Power this year we had a small set back in the form of a Crash on the track (If you haven’t read about it yet then check out the news post HERE!). Well as the Title suggest we are On the mend and will be hopefully out and ready for the Main event in May as things are looking at the moment.

We would like to say a Big thank you again for everyone who donated at the track! this really has help towards the cost of the repairs and to everyone who offered to lend a helping had it is much appreciated. Also a big thank you to all of our sponsors for sticking by us and their backing as all ways.

Life Isn’t An Audition!

If there is any Quote to live by then this is the one!, Without hesitation we jumped right back on the horse (Or race car Which is a couple of thousand horses) and got to work with it, No point feeling sorry for yourself. The car was run round to Webster’s Race Engineering … you may have seen us pulling the car round the back of the track.FB_IMG_1429131930958
FB_IMG_1429605940446 We would like to say a big thank you Andy Marshall who has put soo much time in to getting the front end ready to rock!
The front end was highly damaged and was taken to Marshall’s Body repair and Restoration to be pieced back together and moulded in to the shape it used to be. so far so good as the front end is in the last stages of primer and is ready to re-united with the car.FB_IMG_1429605935046

Also thank you to Matt Woods for capturing some amazing images of the process the car i going through at the moment in the Chassis repair stages!.

Amazing Photography once again hopefully next time it’ll be a great action shot of a perfect 6 sec pass.

Thank you again everyone for taking the time to read this to support us and to cheer us on!

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An Unfortunate start (Festival Of Power 2015)

Well what a weekend it has been!

It’s Fair to say that we will not be wanting to have one like that again any time soon!.
To break down what happened; Over the winter there have been a few changes to our set up, these changes in turn have given us extra power which will help us compete with everyone in the class. With the Festival Of Power being the first and earliest event this year the weather conditions have been far from perfect.
Friday (1st full day) was meant to be the first round of Qualifying but due to adverse weather conditions (Rain, Rain & more Rain) this didn’t happen. Fortunately this gave us time to run the car up and test the new installs that had been done over the winter.

Saturday 4th April 2015

With the Santapod Crew hard at work from the early morning drying the track from the Day before the clouds where still grey and looming over the pod. But the first round of Qualifying was soon to be underway. With being the 5th class out but the one with the most power, the track itself wasn’t too sticky, The Start line appeared to be cold and there was still a damp in the air. Wayne pulled up to water spun the wheels like he normally does and rolled forward towards the start line before jumping back on the throttle and producing a nice straight burn out. Once he was backed up and pre-flight checks had been carried out, Wayne was rolled forward in to Pre-stage and then in to stage waiting for Bobby to drop into stage also. The light burned down and the green light lit up, Bobby reacted straight away with a unfortunate outcome of tyre shake. Whilst Wayne Launched hard with a short delay, Fairly straight and strong pull a 1.0133 sixty foot.
Once getting up to speed 2nd gear was pulled and that’s when the Rear end of the car began to slide away, due to the amount of Power that was being transferred on to such a cold surface the wheels span sending the back of the car towards the right hand wall. Being so close to the right wall the wheelie bars clipped the wall bending them up and pushing the car across the track towards the left hand lane and left hand wall. Crossing the centre line paint the car seems to speed up colliding head on with the left wall ( As you will see in the video) . on the impact the Oil tank was split wide open and the fuel feed hose from the bottom of the fuel cell ripped clean off spilling a mixture of fuel and oil (The Blue Stuff) on to the track as the car carried on sliding up the wall. The Santapod Crew Reacted as quick as ever with both start line and finish line safety crew reached the car within a matter of seconds. Wayne managed to pull himself out of the car with no injuries and is fine, unfortunately the same can not be said about the car.


A big thank you to all of our Sponsors who without none of this would be possible.

Eurodragster have been nice enough to supply the video from their webcam in the tower giving a birds eye view of what went on down on the track.




Sponsorship Announcement

As you saw from the last post we have a big announcement to make regarding welcoming on board some new sponsors!

So **Drum Roll Please** Without further hesitation i would like to introduce the new Sponsor that will be joining the Lucky Devil Racing Family for 2015 onward.

We hope that our partnership will improve their relations with the general public and give them an insight in to the world of UK Drag Racing. Below is some information on each of the companies so take some time to check them out, give their websites a quick visit and even maybe a call and see what they can do for you! once again Thank you all for your support through the past couple of years let’s make 2015 a good one!

EMACS (E.M.A. Computer Solutions)

EMACS develop, install and support specialist business management software to make people’s jobs easier and to make businesses more profitable and manageable. They are a growing company with a strong track record for producing award winning software and backing that up with exceptional customer support and aftercare.

EMACS is the best management system, but don’t just take our word for it! EMACS has been voted the best bodyshop management system for the last six years in the  “Auto Body Professional Club Repairer’s Choice”  survey, a fitting testament to the quality of our products and service, Dubbed ”The Best Bodyshop Manger” you will ever employ, who could ask for more? EMACS is installed in over 200 sites, including the TrustFord, Stoneacre, Pentagon, Sytner, Marshall, East Bilney, Lloyds, Williams and Wrights (NI) motor groups along with most of the top independent sites. The team have even made trips to Kuwait and Malta to install in their top bodyshops. With over 100 years of combined knowledge and experience within the bodyshop industry it is easy to see why EMACS comes out on top. If you have a body repair centre or a commercial body building /commercial repair company why not see what EMACS can do for you to maximise the profit in your business.

Marshall Body Repair & Restoration

Marshall Body Repair & Restoration is a Father son run company with a level of quality like no other. It could be a scratch, insurance work right up to a full restoration! every job is turned out to high standards and treated like their very own. With over 30 years of experience you can be assured that your vehicle is in great hands. Click on their Logo and check them out today!



Martins Auto Centre

Martin’s auto center offers a range of services from the odd bump or scrape to a full MOT on classes 1,2 & 4 there is nothing they can’t do. Based in the Busy city of Wakefield 5mins from the M1 its the prime location. So what are you waiting for? Call by on for your next MOT.

EDA (Engine Data Analysis)

EDA is the company that keeps the engine of the Devil running!. With Kenny coleman and the rest of the Team based in Castleford (right on our doorstep) their is nothing they can’t do!. Need an engine for the track, hills, strip or just for that American muscle that you like to bring out on weekends? then this is a one stop shop for custom built engines and spares. With 25 plus years of experience there is nothing they haven’t built an engine for.

New Sponsors to be announced

With the new race season about to start! We have a few announcements and changes to be made!

We have been busy at Lucky Devil HQ, There really is no off-season in Drag racing, From the building of a new Support Vehicle to the repairing and up keep of the Devil its self. Our First Big Thank you goes out to the Crew who never Quit!, come Rain or shine they are all ways there willing to work through they day to get things done. It has all paid off now as we have finally got the Lucky Devil fired up.

As you can see from the title of this post we have some Exciting news!

Over the winter period Both Wayne Nicholson & Gareth Nicholson have been working on gaining extra support from Business both locally and nationally. As you know it can be a hard task approaching companies for sponsorship, but it seems they have succeeded and come out on top!. Acquiring additional Secondary sponsors to add to their Profile of support, Plus one primary sponsor (All to be revealed soon)

10 days until the first event will be upon us!, The Festival of power, *inhales* ahhhh i can almost smell the methanol!!

Hope to see you all there!

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Mopar Nationals

A big thank you to Kirstie Tramm for this amazing photo!!!


Santa Pod ‘Summer’ Nationals Part1

Well the ‘Summer’ Nationals are here again and after a bit of time in the garage the Lucky Devil is ready to go again!.

Threatening skies
Good old British weather!
Well England never seems to let us down, after setting up the awning in a small thunder storm and heading up for scrutineering…

This is the sky that greeted us along with many other races…..and then the heavens opened!! Taking shelter under the scrutineering shelter for over an hour we managed to squeeze the car in and passed the inspection!



Saturday is now here and waking up to slightly blue sky and the heat of the sun is enough to put a smile on any pod-go-er’s face.

British SummertimeFirst pair out and ready to go, warm up done, car fuelled, crew ready and driver… erm… well I suppose that is debatable. But yet again mother nature has not let us down and we are back in the pits before we could even start the car! Now we take shelter in the awning and watch and wait!


Check back later on this weekend and see how we get on!!