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!
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!
“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!
The National Finals at the end of September found us with a distinct possibility of finishing second in the National Championship… who would have thought that?! We hadn’t performed too well all year, but being at every event and being able to repair things when needed saw us being relatively consistent… and that’s what helps.
The important data we learnt at the European Finals helped us make some changes to the car. Let me tell you, rolling round on Saturday morning for the first qualifying run, I felt so sure, so confident that we were about to make a very big jump forward performance wise. I WAS SURE OF IT!!!
I rolled the gas pedal open as usual in the burnout, then BANG! I shut the motor off instantly and knew it was something in the transmission/drive line area. I was pushed back behind the start line and Lee Kirk opened the door and stared at me……… “Are you OK?!”… “Yes why?” I said… I took my helmet and neck brace off so I could look down… I wont repeat what I said, but I could now understand all the concern! Something had happened with the prop shaft and Lenco which resulted in the prop exiting the car in two pieces, making a mess of the trans shield and hoops on the way. The Lenco had seen better days too, it was quite badly damaged and leaking a lot of fluid. CARNAGE!
Thankfully the safety equipment did its job and no-one was hurt.
So, that was the end of 2012 for the Lucky Devil team. We ended 4th in the MSA British Drag Racing Championship, not too bad considering our performance this year.
All that is left to say is A BIG THANK YOU. To all the crew, Dennis, Adam, Tony, Andy and Lee. Gareth and Joe, our two boys for helping out and being at the track when they could. Keep up the good work at university boys! Belinda, my wife, for the fantastic support and help. I couldn’t do it without you 🙂
And of course our wonderful sponsors, Lucas Oil, NGK, Allyfab, Dentrepairs.co.uk and Originals Hot Rod Supply Co. for the great products and support. Thank you too to all the fans who say hi and wish us well at the track, it is very welcome.
2013 will see us back at it after a winter repair and rebuild programme. We will be looking out for more companies to come on board as sponsors too, and of course we will keep you all updated with news and progress. Roll on Easter!”
“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!”
“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.
Saturday 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.
“Well the 2010 drag racing season is almost over for another year already. We are pleased with the performance of the car throughout this year and the Chevy engine we have been using, especially after running our personal best at the Summer Nationals! However, the motor did hurt itself during qualifying at the FIA European Finals. This was sadly its last pass in the Lucky Devil Corvette as we have decided to up the game a little… We have a BAE521 HEMI engine ready to go in the car over the winter. In fact, the Chevy is already out of the car!
The Chevy has come a long way and done us proud but we want to be more competitive in the British MSA Pro Mod rounds and the two European Championship rounds held at Santa Pod. Still, 6.69 at 210mph with a 510 Chevy is not too bad I don’t think..?!
Massive thanks to my crew, Dennis and Luke, and also to my family, Belinda, Gareth and Joe. I would also like to thank my sponsors, Opie Oils, AllyFab and Kerry Tate at Originals Hot Rod Supply co. We are definitely looking forward to next year and would also like to thank all the spectators for their support and good wishes.
Sponsorship is a big thing. Please let me know if you would like to get your company some great exposure and join us as we take it to the next level in 2011.
Be sure to keep an eye out for further updates before we hit the track next year!”