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!

An Unfortunate start (Festival Of Power 2015)

Well what a weekend it has been!


It’s Fair to say that we will not be wanting to have one like that again any time soon!.
To break down what happened; Over the winter there have been a few changes to our set up, these changes in turn have given us extra power which will help us compete with everyone in the class. With the Festival Of Power being the first and earliest event this year the weather conditions have been far from perfect.
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Friday (1st full day) was meant to be the first round of Qualifying but due to adverse weather conditions (Rain, Rain & more Rain) this didn’t happen. Fortunately this gave us time to run the car up and test the new installs that had been done over the winter.


Saturday 4th April 2015

With the Santapod Crew hard at work from the early morning drying the track from the Day before the clouds where still grey and looming over the pod. But the first round of Qualifying was soon to be underway. With being the 5th class out but the one with the most power, the track itself wasn’t too sticky, The Start line appeared to be cold and there was still a damp in the air. Wayne pulled up to water spun the wheels like he normally does and rolled forward towards the start line before jumping back on the throttle and producing a nice straight burn out. Once he was backed up and pre-flight checks had been carried out, Wayne was rolled forward in to Pre-stage and then in to stage waiting for Bobby to drop into stage also. The light burned down and the green light lit up, Bobby reacted straight away with a unfortunate outcome of tyre shake. Whilst Wayne Launched hard with a short delay, Fairly straight and strong pull a 1.0133 sixty foot.
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Once getting up to speed 2nd gear was pulled and that’s when the Rear end of the car began to slide away, due to the amount of Power that was being transferred on to such a cold surface the wheels span sending the back of the car towards the right hand wall. Being so close to the right wall the wheelie bars clipped the wall bending them up and pushing the car across the track towards the left hand lane and left hand wall. Crossing the centre line paint the car seems to speed up colliding head on with the left wall ( As you will see in the video) . on the impact the Oil tank was split wide open and the fuel feed hose from the bottom of the fuel cell ripped clean off spilling a mixture of fuel and oil (The Blue Stuff) on to the track as the car carried on sliding up the wall. The Santapod Crew Reacted as quick as ever with both start line and finish line safety crew reached the car within a matter of seconds. Wayne managed to pull himself out of the car with no injuries and is fine, unfortunately the same can not be said about the car.

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A big thank you to all of our Sponsors who without none of this would be possible.

Eurodragster have been nice enough to supply the video from their webcam in the tower giving a birds eye view of what went on down on the track.

 

 

 

Mopar Nationals

A big thank you to Kirstie Tramm for this amazing photo!!!

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Santa Pod ‘Summer’ Nationals Part1

Well the ‘Summer’ Nationals are here again and after a bit of time in the garage the Lucky Devil is ready to go again!.

Threatening skies
Good old British weather!
Well England never seems to let us down, after setting up the awning in a small thunder storm and heading up for scrutineering…

This is the sky that greeted us along with many other races…..and then the heavens opened!! Taking shelter under the scrutineering shelter for over an hour we managed to squeeze the car in and passed the inspection!

 

READY TO RACE

Saturday is now here and waking up to slightly blue sky and the heat of the sun is enough to put a smile on any pod-go-er’s face.

British SummertimeFirst pair out and ready to go, warm up done, car fuelled, crew ready and driver… erm… well I suppose that is debatable. But yet again mother nature has not let us down and we are back in the pits before we could even start the car! Now we take shelter in the awning and watch and wait!

 

Check back later on this weekend and see how we get on!!

Unlucky Devil

“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.

Photo courtesy & © Julian Hunt
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….

Wing damageThe 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.

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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!

THANK YOU to the crew this year, it has been hard fought. Gareth, Joe, Andy, Lee, Tony and Adam. Belinda, you get the biggest thanks for supporting me and putting up with us all. Our sponsors…  Lucas OilNGK, AllyFabDentRepairsCustom Coach Trimming and Originals Hot Rod Supply Co... are without doubt, the absolute best… I have said it before but I am truly grateful.

So, look out for the updates during the winter…. I know we will have a few things to share!”

Cheers,

Wayne

Shake, Rattle & Roll

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.