NGK Joins Lucky Devil

Lucky Devil Drag Racing are very pleased to announce that NGK Spark Plugs have agreed to support us! I am sure I would struggle to use any other brand of spark plug so it is a genuine pleasure to have NGK Spark Plugs join us. I know for a fact that all the team echo this too, we have always had great results with NGK.

NGK Lucky Devil shirtWe also have our new 2012 Crew Shirts with NGK Spark Plugs and Lucas Oil logos on, many thanks to Joe for modelling!

Tim Howes at NGK Spark Plugs has been very helpful in arranging the support for us, so a very big thank you to Tim. Be sure to check out the NGK website at www.ngkntk.co.uk and see what they can do for you.

This great news of another fantastic sponsor gives us even more reason to look forward to the 2012 season!

SPRC Dinner Dance

SPRC038The Lucky Devil team attended the Santa Pod Racers Club dinner dance on Saturday 11th February and a great time was had by all. I think you will agree we all scrub up quite well! Usually when we are together we are a little less likely to look this good 🙂

Of course we had the ladies with us, and they all looked great, so we had to make the effort!

We were presented with our MSA British Drag Racing trophy for finishing third overall in 2011. Thanks to everyone for all the hard work and support and of course we now have to make sure we do better than 3rd place in 2012… I am sure we can.”

Wayne

The year ahead…

“We will be competing in the MSA Pro-Mod Championship this year and making our first trip abroad too, to Hockenheim for the Nitro Olympx in August.

I am very pleased to say I have the pleasure of all the same crew again this year, Dennis, Tony, Adam and Joe, and, of course, my wife Belinda. Our eldest son Gareth will be making it to a couple of meetings too all being well. He has found it difficult recently due to University and work in Newcastle.

I think we made some headway last year and KNOW we have more performance available. Having qualified well at most events and making it to our first final, I think we have a few scores to settle!

Thank you to LUCAS OIL who are returning to us this year as sponsors, a GREAT PRODUCT!! Thank you to Kerry Tate at ORIGINALS HOT ROD SUPPLY for support, and also to ALLYFAB for the help and support they give.

Originals

Of course racing isn’t cheap, so if you would like to gain exposure for your company or services in EUROPE we would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact us, WE KNOW we can be great ambassadors for you.

I personally can’t wait for the first event of 2012!”

Wayne

Lucky Devil in the Final!

National Finals 2011“Well what a weekend we had at Santa Pod’s National Finals!!! It started Friday when Tony had to be taken to the hospital with quite a nasty cut to his finger… the waiting room at Bedford A&E is another story…

Back at the track, we did everything possible to qualify well, but it wasn’t to be… only one driver managed to run a six in qualifying, that driver being Roger Moore. We ended up 4th with a 7.19 at 205 mph.

Eliminations on Sunday saw us against Andy Wright in round one, what we didn’t expect was Andy hitting the wall during the burnout…. which gave us an automatic win.

National Finals 2011Round two was to be the the race of the weekend. We were paired against Roger Moore who had to beat us and then Graham Ellis in the final (assuming he won his semi final) to be the MSA Pro Mod Champ 2011. We pulled a good light and kept in front of Roger all the way to run a 6.96 at only 175mph to Rogers 6.99!!!

Roger was gutted, as you would expect but he had other things that nearly prevented his weekend even starting… his race rig was destroyed in a motorway pile-up!!!!! Too familiar for my liking. Roger and his crew were lucky to get away without injury and the car was good too. Santa Pod did a great job getting him to the track from the recovery yard.

Runner up to season champ Graham EllisThe final was between Graham and ourselves. We did our very best but went up in a cloud of burnt transmission fluid from our BrunoDrive transmission, although Graham had his own issues and only managed a 7.5 to win… Graham won the meeting and the championship, well done!

 

The teamTHANK YOU!!!! to Dennis, Adam and Tony, my crew. Belinda and Joe and of course our sponsors, Lucas Oil, AllyFab, Originals Hot Rod Supply Co. and E.D.A.… we couldn’t do it without you all.

Roll on next year… more of the same, and bit more!”

Wayne

The FIA European Finals

“The best event of the year, The European Finals! I always look forward to this one, its a great atmosphere.

We started our time at the Pod with a mix up with the pitting space… we ended up in the Bike Pits, let me tell you those boys can party! We started our qualifying with a struggle, I couldn’t select reverse after the burnout, very strange as I always check gear selection during the warm up in the pits.

So we pulled out the Lenco and had a look at the reverser , and of course it needed replacing. We didn’t have a spare so had to ask around. Massive THANK YOU to fellow Pro Mod racer Andy Robinson who loaned us a spare.

By the time we had sorted it out we missed the second qualifier, so that was Friday finished.

Dennis makes the final adjustmentsSaturday saw us hitting the 3rd qualifier with too much power, almost crossing the centre line due to tyre shake, having to pedal it more than once, and ran a 7.5 at 161mph… I doubt that was going to get us in to the show!

The last session of qualifying saw some desperate concentration on our behalf, all the team were feeling it… we KNOW we should qualify here… but again I had gear selection problems, and had to shut off….. therefore we didn’t qualify!!

The bump spot was 6.99, we have run an easy 6.58 before and that was the hard thing for us, we should have been able to do it.

One things for sure in Pro Modified racing, get used to the hard knocks, this is tough sometimes.

We came home on Sunday afternoon, and already we are looking forward to the National Finals. The parts we needed were ordered on the Monday evening from Lenco, and we had them by Wednesday lunchtime… everything is now fitted and ready!

Big thanks to my crew, Dennis, Tony, Adam and Joe my youngest son. My wife Belinda also deserves a big thanks for taking care of us all.

Lets see what we can do before the season ends…”

Wayne

Pole Position!

“We had a fantastic weekend at The Summer Nationals at Santa Pod.
Saturday saw us qualify with a 6.67 at 211 mph!!! This became our new personal best and, would you believe it, we were Number One qualifier!!!

Sunday saw us against the Plymouth Barracuda of Graham Ellis in round one. Graham had been struggling to get the car down the track on Saturday and it was unusual for him to be the last qualifier. We had almost identical reaction times, Graham then pulled a 0.99 sixty foot to our 1.03… the numbers were in my favour, and then Graham’s, and then mine, and then back to Graham… all the way up the track! I ran a NPB of 6.58 at 214mph but Graham pulled out a great 6.44 at 206mph!

Some great highs over the weekend and a great door handle to door handle race against Graham, who went on to win the event…. well done! We came away with a big NPB in both ET and Speed and there’s still lots more to come… plus, no damage at all!

Big thanks to Adam and Tony, Kev Slyfield and everyone who stopped by to wish us good luck, Dennis my hard working crew chief…. we were discussing ‘improvements’ on the way home, cheers pal… Belinda, who needs her own medal for her continued support, and Joe my youngest son, again, so supportive.

Also another massive thanks to our sponsors, Lucas Oil, Originals Hot Rod Supply Co. and AllyFab, cheers guys!”

Wayne

The year so far…

Easter Thunderball 2011We have now had two race outings with the HEMI, the first event being the Easter Thunderball. I think its fair to say we had a few little issues to deal with but, overall, it was a very encouraging performance. 7.21 and 200mph with decent 60ft times but not exactly what we were looking for. The biggest issue was not having the shift light working, so shifting gear was a bit of guess work…

Next up was The Main Event, the first round of the FIA European Champioship. There were 25 entrants in Pro Modified, all trying to qualify for a 16 car field. Our mission was to qualify against some of the quickest cars in Europe and, of course, some of the most experienced Pro-Mod drivers.

We achieved our first full pass with the HEMI, running 6.71 at 210mph, which gave us the number ten spot!!

We were all very happy but our attention quickly turned to the next challenge, which was for us to get through round one… one step at a time. This was to be against Urban Johansson, one of the quickest cars in the class, previously having run 6 zeros!!!

We had as much chance as anyone else, as we were still very safe with our tune on the new motor.

The CrewCome race day, we got in to the pairing lanes all set to go and then… RAIN!!! Nothing happened at all, the weather never eased and eliminations were sadly called off.

We came home with everything in one piece, recorded some good data and a fair performance. LUCAS OIL have proved to be a great support with a fantastic product, the between rounds maintenance shows that LUCAS is doing a good job for us, very happy.

Leeds Cruise 2011We have also attended a couple of local car events, trying to get some more publicity for our sponsors and supporters and a way of showing our appreciation back to everyone involved.

The next event for us is The Summer Nationals at Santa Pod…. can’t wait!!!

See you there

Wayne