After a long off season which for us started when a rod fell out the motor at the 2012 Euro Finals it was time to hit the track again. The time off was spent rebuilding the engine and fitting a new body, a 1932 Bantam which was built by Pat Cuss for Wendy Baker and Paul Stubbings. The body was previously fitted to the Time Warp altered which is now wearing our old Mustang II funny car body, 2014 sees the Nostalgia Funny Cars racing with the Fuel Altereds so we were looking forward to the chance to race against a car whose history is intertwined with ours.
We changed a few settings in the clutch as part of the rebuild, so the first run was a shakedown launch off idle to 330 ft and all looked good, setting us up for a full pass the next day. We were up against Chaos which is always a pleasure but also a challenge, as they have that car running really well at the moment. With another idle launch we pulled through to a new PB of 7.42 @ 180 which was brilliant news for us – giving it a bit of RPM on the line should easily get the time down again next time. In the other lane meanwhile Nick took Chaos into history, taking the long standing AA/FA record. Huge congratulations to all the team.
The opportunity arose next time round to race Wendy in Time Warp but sadly the car was feeling recalcitrant and after the burnout and backing up Adam could not get forward gear and we had to shut off and tow back. Spirits were further dampened when rain put paid to eliminations day and we all went home a little damp, but overall happy with the weekend. We’ll be back out at the Summernationals with a brand spanking new Power Race Graphics paint job applied by Custom Exotics.
Thanks must go to Matt Wright and We Move Your Car for transportation at the weekend, and huge congratulations to Robbie Grabham for his first weekend out in Freddy’s Revenge where he handled the car brilliantly. Looking forward to racing you Robbie!