“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!
Moving 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!!!
So 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, Dentrepairs.co.uk and Originals Supply Co. for their continued support!”