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!

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!!

The Summernationals

Back to the garage following the SummernatsWe had a lot of confidence entering this event. A total of eleven drivers had entered and we felt sure what was learnt at the last event would serve us well. One of the parts “upgraded” between events was the flexplate. This was the fly in the ointment for us…. to cut a very long story short, the new flexplate wasn’t even round!!!! Brand new race quality parts, not even fit for purpose!!!!

We wasted all our time on Saturday fixing things….. but sadly missed all 3 qualifying sessions, so we were out before we even started.

Rest assured, everything will be right for the next time out… watch this space! All that’s left to say is a big thank you to all our very valuable sponsors… Lucas Oil, NGK, AllyFab, DentRepairs, Custom Coach Trimming and Originals Hot Rod Supply Co... Also to everyone who stops by and wishes us well, and of course the super crew – Tony, Adam, Gareth, Joe, Andy, Lee and, of course, Belinda.”

See you all soon,

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

Back in the 6 second zone!

Photo by Ian Blackett“Great news!!! The Lucky Devil set a new personal best at the Summer Nationals at Santa Pod – 6.69 seconds at 210mph!! It’s great to be back in the 6 second zone and going quicker too. We are sure that there is more to be had from our Chevy motor and, the good thing is, we didn’t hurt a thing all weekend.

Pro-Modified isn’t a class to be taken lightly, its like getting in the ring with a Heavy Weight champ, its going to hurt quite a bit, but when things come good it’s all worthwhile! We managed to qualify 3rd and only just got beat in the first round against Graham Ellis, both of us having a “peddle fest” all the way up the track, great fun!!

Photo by Ian BlackettOf course all this would not be possible if it wasn’t for the support of my crew and family, and of course our sponsors. THANK YOU to all!

I can’t wait to get back in the seat!”

Wayne

 

Thanks to Ian Blackett for the photos

Season Round Up

Photo courtesy of Peter Donaldson“Well after all this bad weather this year, you could be forgiven for thinking we wouldn’t have much to write about. The Summer Nationals at Santa pod saw us back in to the sevens with a 7.77 losing out to Andy Robinson in the first round.

The European Finals was next at the beginning of September. This is my favourite event of the year as it usually falls on or around my birthday, a great way to spend your birthday. The trouble this year was, we saw even more of the dreaded wet stuff, it rained and rained, we had only one shot at qualifying and unfortunately I didn’t make it!

Photo courtesy of Peter DonaldsonThe National Finals at the Pod was our last opportunity to get some good runs this year, and what a great weekend. We ran a new personal best of 7.19 at over 191mph, still not in that magical 6 second zone, but considering our distinct lack of track time this year, and the fact we are tuning the car ourselves as a team, I don’t think we did too bad. The car ran faultlessly all weekend, arrow straight, with no damage, and we also managed to get some more valuable data to continue our tuning programme for next season.

Over the winter we have a few upgrades to do performance wise as well as the usual between season stuff.

So that is our first season in Pro-Mod, all that is left to say is a massive thank you to all my crew, everyone at EDA, Webster Race Engineering and the tireless crew at Santa Pod, they deserve a medal for all the hard work this year.

I can’t wait for next season!!!”

Cheers,
Wayne

Photos courtesy & copyright Peter Donaldson