Yeah, I know it’s a bit late and we are already tucking into our Easter eggs but we have been so busy down at the garage getting ready for our first championship round, introducing new crew members to each other (them and the car that is), updating and refreshing the car and replenishing our spares package we haven’t had a minute to sit down. Time seemed to have vanished from our last event in 2013 till today a couple of days before Easter! Wow!…
We would like to say a big thank you to our new team members who have pulled out all the stops to get us ready to roll for the first championship round this year, why not come round and say hi at The Festival Of Power at Santa Pod over Easter weekend, have a look round the Lucky Devil and meet the crew in person.
We would also like to thank each and every one of our sponsors, without whom none of this would be possible! All last years sponsors are back with us for another action packed race season, so a big thank you to Lucas Oil, NGK, AllyFab, DentRepairs, Custom Coach Trimming and Originals Hot Rod Supply Co..
If you would like to join them and promote your company with the Lucky Devil Drag Racing team, please contact us.
“The FIA European Finals at Santa Pod is the best way to spend your birthday. One of the reasons I enjoy this event so much is that it usually falls around my birthday….. 39 again!
We started our race weekend with quite an unexpected problem…. we had issues with our Bruno Drive and a torque converter. This meant a drive to Essex to get replacements! This racing is easy right?
Once we had built a new converter out of the two, that matched our spec, everything was back together. We had another little issue with starting and the idling of the engine… Anyway our first qualifier saw us lose the blower belt in the burnout, I kept the car idling down the track just reaching the first turn off.
Julian Hunt perfectly captured the moment the belt ripped free! On its exit it damaged the belt guard, throttle cable and the bonnet so the evening was spent repairing and replacing those parts….
The next day, still with starting/ idling problems, we managed our second ever quickest run, a 6.50! However, the previously repaired bonnet came apart through the finish line and took part of the right hand front wing with it…. but we had qualified! So, another evening was spent repairing more fibreglass!
Our first round of eliminations was against David Vegter…. a tough pairing but not impossible. Unfortunately it was not to be…. keeping the car running after the burnout was the problem so our day was done.
The weekend was really trying for the whole team…. and the wallet!
On to the National Finals. Would you believe we still had a chance of winning the Championship!!! Our performance and reliability had to be first class, and I know that the performance is there (plus more)! It’s the reliability that has caused us headaches though and, true to form, our gremlins were still present. The first and second qualifying sessions were missed and we only just made the final session with literally minutes to spare… all due to the ongoing starting and idling problem. We made a decision to literally just drive down the track to post a time and qualify.
The evening was spent discussing what we should do and concluded the correct answer to our problems was to sit out the next days eliminations. The car isn’t broken, it just isn’t running right. I know it can be rectified. So the winter will see the problems sorted and spares sourced…. the trouble is we have too long to wait to get back out there. The encouraging part is the data we have PROVES we have more performance available and the car is a blast to drive!
Would you believe we finished 4th in the MSA British Championship…? If only we could have kept the early season performance going!
We mentioned we suffered some massive tyre shake at Santa Pod’s Festival of Power at the start of the season… well here’s the slow motion footage courtesy of Blackett Photography.
You can see just how violent the shake is, with the tyres deforming heavily and the door rattling like crazy… It’s not much fun sat in the drivers seat when it happens and it definitely does not help with performance! The shake was so bad it damaged the pinion gear in the axle, which we luckily found thanks to Webster Race Engineering after the event.
Big thanks to Ian Blackett for this amazing footage.
We had a lot of confidence entering this event. A total of eleven drivers had entered and we felt sure what was learnt at the last event would serve us well. One of the parts “upgraded” between events was the flexplate. This was the fly in the ointment for us…. to cut a very long story short, the new flexplate wasn’t even round!!!! Brand new race quality parts, not even fit for purpose!!!!
We wasted all our time on Saturday fixing things….. but sadly missed all 3 qualifying sessions, so we were out before we even started.
This weekend, the 22nd and 23rd June, we will be competing at Santa Pod’s Summernationals. If you can’t make it to the track you can follow developments of the whole event and watch the live webcam at Eurodragster.com.
“The Main Event at Santa Pod is always one of the truly great events of the year and this year did not disappoint. The weather forecast was spot on, with the rain out of the way we were off and running in the first round of the FIA European Championship. We qualified very well, being the quickest British car, in at number 6 qualifier with a new PB of 6.45 seconds!
Earlier in qualifying we had run 6.50 at 220mph!! That was 5mph more than we had gone before and 8 hundredths quicker on the ET. To say everyone was pleased was an understatement!
Here’s on-board footage of the 6.5 @ 220mph run:
The 6.45 was our last qualifier, at a speed of 219mph. Looking at the data logger afterwards, it showed that I lifted slightly at the end of the run….. so there was certainly a little bit more to be gained on that tune up.
We have now invested in a GoPro Hero 3 so look out for more footage, in HD, after future events. Be sure to subscribe to the Lucky Devil channel on YouTube.
So, on to eliminations. We had Norbert Kuno in the first round who had qualified number 11. I went into the burnout as usual but then I saw the blower belt break… which is the very tough toothed drive belt that is driven by the engine, turning the supercharger…… so that was that, I had to be towed off the track by the safety marshals, thanks for the assistance guys.
To say I was disappointed was an understatement… after the great work we had all done, it left us all feeling a bit dejected. A supercharger belt can break at any time but to try and prevent this we would have to change the belt after every 3 or 4 passes….. unfortunately our funds don’t really allow that.
So, after proving ourselves, the car going arrow straight and quicker, we had to lick our wounds… repair the damage the belt had done and prepare for the Summernationals a few weeks later.
After a number of requests for Lucky Devil t-shirts, we are pleased to announce an order has been placed and the first batch will be available to buy at Santa Pod’s The Main Event for £15 each. Be sure to visit us in the pits to grab yours!