Off to a good start!

Well 2016 has been and gone and 2017 is now here!

 

Over the winter we refreshed the motor and had a good think about the tuning and handling of the car. After finding a small part of the chassis that has been causing all of our handling problems since the car was built it is now set to go arrow straight! Now… we just need to get a handle on the power.

With our Primary sponsor of EMACS coming back on for a third year, Big thank you to them!, we where set for a good year!

Festival of Power

With it being the first event of the year you can expect a couple of teething problems with a refreshed motor and a cold track.

Well neither of these where the problem for us, We had a small gremlin that had followed us from last year! This gremlin was the Gearbox Gremlin and we just couldn’t shake it. We had the Gear box out 4 times in one day and we could put a F1 pit crew to Shame with our wheel removal speeds! but we still couldn’t squash the bug!, After finally finding it we had 2 passes to make to Qualify on the Sunday try and get down the track. On the start line the burn out felt great and there was a sigh of relief!. Unfortunately this was short lived as the marshals signalled us to cut the engine and push back!…. there was a leak… and yep… you guess it… Trans fluid!  …S#$T! Getting it back to the pits our team got on to finding where the leak came from while the driver and Crew Chief sat down to discuss their options. After a bad couple of years of racing the stress and ups and down had taken its toll on the driver/owner and he gave the command to pack up and Leave…. So that sums up Easter.  Re grouping and discussing the problems faced and planning a return we awaited for the Main Event!.

Main Event (and test and tune)

Before the main event our Driver decided he wanted to enter the Test and Tune the weekend before just to get some track time. After some prep work we got to the start line and ran a nice fast, but safe 6.72!. With the popularity of the event we didn’t have enough time to turn the car round and get down to the start line again. But with this number we had a Stepping stone to work from and the driver and tuner could put their heads together to work out a game plan for the main event!

Main event weekend and we had the weather on our side! The driver had stayed down at the track for a week or ‘Relaxation’. Turning up on the Thursday morning we was able to get a Test runs in with a pretty good time and some good data to work from! 

Now the game plan was set!, we would slowly chip away at our ET bit by bit over the weekend and that’s exactly what we did!

Saturday 27th – We ran our first run and it was perfect! 6.5220 198.01!… but the Top end speed was a little down…. hmmm after looking at the data and noticing the burst plate had gone just after 1000ft we could see the fuel shut of had moved through the run and in theory the Engine had leaned out. After finding this we decided to Skip Q2 and check over the engine. We found we had nipped a ring in cylinder 5 so a Piston swap was needed, whilst out we ran general maintenance.

May 28th – after a quick repair and a piston swap we are back to run again! Q3  was a great run! and you can tell just by the reaction of the crew (One member in particular) We have a video below check it out!

May 29th – Eliminations day!, so we made it! we are in the Eliminations and we drew a short straw.ly.. Andy Wright & BA Racing ‘The Hot Rod’, he finished 2nd last year overall in the MSA championship!. As we have encounted him before we know he likes to play games on the tree. So before we went down we decided to do our own thing and just run it as a solo run as we didnt expect to beat him. But fate has a way of working and with the new automatic time out on the tree Andy timed out on the tree and gave an automatic win to us!

Round 2 of the eliminations and we paired with David Vegter….damn… another quick car…. unfortunately David had broke and was out… or so we thought… with the bad weather coming through on and off rain pushed back to the Round of Eliminations until 5pm. we kept our fingers crossed that it would dry up in time so we could do our Solo run. But as soon as the rain had broke and the track dried we heard the all familiar sound of a golf buggy pushing a race car. Down the pairing lanes came David he had managed to fix the car in the time it took to dry the track and the rain to stop. So round to the start line and ready to go,  it was a pedal fest for us with Tyre shake on the launch and a quick driving job by the driver and back on the throttle to run a 7,1172 at 207mph but it wasn’t enough to beat David’s 6.13 236mph epic come back!.

That was it we was out in round 2 but it was a welcome change to the last few years!

We would like to say a big thank you to our Sponsors and Crew (we will be updating the crew page shortly with some information about the guys and girls)

Thank you to our amazing fans who have supported us all the way through good and bad times!

2016 Sponsors announcement

As you all probably know by now Drag racing isn’t a cheap or easy sport. And teams like to approach companies to help them run their cars for advertisement.

With this said id like to announce newest sponsors to 2016 drag racing seasons Sponsor list for lucky devil drag racing!

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Paint Killers

Paint Killers is a newly set-up company but don’t let that fool you, 3M approved and with over 5 years experience already in the field of graphic application to cars (Wrapping) this small but powerful company really gets the job done!. As their name suggest killing paint is what they do best! from full car wraps to interior trim and detailing

Check them out here >>  Website

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 STS Imports

STS Imports are relatively speaking a young company having started trading in the summer of 2003 when Ron Fenton decided to turn his hobby into a business. We supply quality, inspected new and used vehicles from the United States. With offices in Chelmsford, Austin Texas and Apopka Florida we are able to source your new vehicle or search for a used vehicle to your specifications. they buy speculatively for their own stock but offer large discounts when buying a vehicle to order.

Check them out here >>  Website

Classic American Car Sales

Classic American car sales are the Essex specialist for the finest American Ford Mustangs, We sell the finest classic mustang convertible, coupe and fastback mustangs available in the UK. Come and see our Mustangs. We specialise in mustangs and other American classics here in Essex, UK.

Chec them out here >> Website 

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We want to say a big thank you and welcome to the Lucky Devil drag racing family!

As well as the new sponsors this year check out the Sponsor page for all returning sponsors! and information on each of them!

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New look for the devil!

So a couple of months ago we got in touch with an old school friend of Gareth’s who now runs a vehicle wrapping company (Paint Killers) in our local town Ossett.

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With the car being freshly painted and in need of a spice up we thought we would mix old with new and approach them for a custom design on the devil.

 

With almost no hesitation he agreed and got to work on thinking of a way to bring the devil back from the flames once again!

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Have a look at the video below!

 

 

 

2016 – A New Year

Happy new year!!!

I know its a little late, But we hope you had a great Christmas and new year!

A quick recap of last year

As you know last year started off on a bit of down with the accident at Easter , but with help from our amazing crew and sponsors we managed to get the car back on the track in record time!
The rest of the year was spent getting used the new set-up of the car with the help of a great friend Camp Stanley from Stanley and Weiss Racing  and the rest of our amazing crew. The unfortunate side is that we do not have enough track time through the year to do proper testing and as many runs as we would like. So as we managed to get used to the car the season was over and the winter refurbish started.

Fast forward to the current day!

As the new year has just started and we are half way through the prep for the new season we have already begun to think of the game plan for this year and have a few announcements to make….. but in due time! (so stay on the edge of your seat folks!)

We would like to say a great big thank you ,again, to everyone who donated to the Air Ambulance Charities last year we managed to raise a grand total of £576.45.

That’s it so far but keep your eyes peeled as we will have some big announcements to make over the coming months!

Again a big thank you to all the #LuckyDevil Fans out there your support is amazing! couldn’t as for a better fan base!

European finals wrap up

The European finals have all ways been a favourite of the team, where else do you see this many teams from so many different countries? This year Was just as great if not better!.

As you all know we have had a trying two years with the car but have kept at it and stuck in there. This event really has helped lift the spirits of the team and really shows how much support we have out there from you guys!. First of all id like to thank our crew, These guys are really worth their weight in gold! they keep going and get stuck in when the times are hard. I promise we will have a smoother year next year. And also a great Big thank you to the guys and girls who keep Santapod running like clock work, it cant be an easy job but you guys pull it off!
But to say this weekend has been un-eventful would be a lie, first of all The driver’s birthday normally falls on the same weekend as this event, this year being no exception. To celebrate your birthday at the track is a great experience, Drag racing is almost as if you have an extended family! everyone who knows you wishes you happy birthday through out the weekend and you even get it announced over the loud speakers. Most of all you get to spend it with those closest to you, family and crew. oh and did i mention there is cake. But not any normal cake, we didnt pack any candles so NGK spark plugs had to be substituted.
As for the racing this weekend we really have progressed and even managed to over come a small issue within the car at the end of the weekend. As much as we would like to get back to where we was straight away, we are closer than ever and next event should allow us to get there. We would like to also congratulate all those who ran new PBs over the course of the weekend, there is just too many to mention names but congratulations to you all, there was some great racing over the weekend from everyone.
We would also like to extend our thanks to 2 of our sponsors who managed to make the trip down to support the team Both EMACS and Martin’s auto centre came down over the weekend to support the team and see us run. Thank you guys for making the trip and we hope to be working with you both in the 2016 season.

And finally we would like to thank everyone in the racing community for their great donations. So far we have raised £576.45 for the charities and we plan on making more for them! if you wish to donate you still can, just head over to our just giving page by clicking the image below!

Thank you guys for support and as all ways See you at the track!

Air Ambulance Fund Raising

A quick reminder about this weekend at the track.
As Some of you may or may not know, Lucky Devil Drag racing was Born from a serious accident that happened 12 years ago this September. This accident was on the way to the European finals back in 2003 with our old car.
Unfortunately the car and the team in the Camper didn’t make it to the track that day as the Accident, Caused by a Articulated Lorry Wiped out both the Box trailer carrying the Race car, The camper carrying the Crew and pushing it in to the back of Military low loader Carrying a tank. In the camper Was Wayne driving Dave Billadeau and Joe Nicholson (Wayne’s youngest son). fortunately Joe and Dave where able to walk away from the accident with a few cuts and bruises, but Wayne on the other had was a little stuck. The accident had caused him to be stuck in the camper’s Drivers seat and the force of the accident had broken bones in his right leg hip and right hand. As a result of all this the motorway was closed for over 7 hours (sorry to anyone stuck behind it all) as they cut Wayne out and cleared up the debris, Wayne was airlifted to hospital and operated on that night to piece back together the jigsaw of bones that was left in his right leg and hip.

 
 

This brings us on to the Topic of the post. With the Quick response of the Air ambulance Wayne was able to get to the hospital in record time to get the Treatment he needed. With out this service We don’t know what could of happened. We would like to repay the favour almost 12 years late by raising as much as we can for such a great rescue service we have in this country, We pray you will not have to use them in your life time but it’s great to know that They are there just in case.

So if your Down at the track for the European finals Stop by our Pit Say a quick hello have a quick chat with us and if you really want to help a great cause then please donate! You never know when you might need it.

Also you can Donate online at our just giving page HERE


Shop is now open!!!!

 

We now have an online shop!!

which will be selling all of our merchandise! with thank you to Awesome Merchandise and Monster Press who have created some amazing products for you guys to enjoy! We will be shipping across the UK and to most of EUROPE an our friends across the pond USA.

This year we have brought back the Lucky devil racing Tee which was on such popular demand last time we had it, it sold out faster then we could bag them!
With a Great design by Power Race Graphics that is brought to life by some High Quality printing by Monster Press
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We also have a new addition this year, Thanks to Awesome Merchandise for their amazing products and customer service, The snap back! With the devil face sitting front and center on the silver and black snap back that’s designed to fit all heads!

So stop by the shop now and place your order Today!

 

Thank you once again for your support as fans! its great to hear that we have such a following and the amazing things people have to say about the team and the car! see you all at the mopars!!