2012 Season Review

Not the most successful season on record. We started the season at the Autotrader Easter Thunderball in high hopes, after a very busy (borderline frantic) off season we all felt justifiably proud of the cars appearance, hundreds (no joke!) of hours spent lightening the body, improving the aero and most impressively of all the gorgeous new paint job laid down by our sponsors at Custom Exotics and pinstriping & polishing by Joe at Fresh Reflections A few upgrades and tweaks over the winter left us without a real baseline and every run at Easter saw the tyres lighting up and the hit, a quick pedal job and running mid-high 7s before the weather swept in and ended the event prematurely.

On to our next appearance at the Summer Nationals, another addition to the car in the form of a swoopy nose hoping to cure the top end wheels up we saw at Easter. The racing Gods however had other plans, the car was on a great run (new PB at every incremental) when at about 3/4 track I saw daylight, lots of daylight. The quick we release pins we had to fit to the body did exactly that, and quick released themselves launching the ’34 Ford body 30ft into the air, spectacular but painful. The impact all but destroyed the body. We made plans to return and I spent the rest of the weekend helping Darryl with a bit of colour commentary.

10 days hectic cutting, grinding and fibreglassing later we arrived at Dragstalgia with a very different look, a satin black ’23 T body a far cry from the show finish of the ’34, but functional, and at least we were out racing not sat at home. Everything came together with great weather and the car running sweet, the result a PB of 7.52 on an early shut off due to a ruptured fuel line, followed by a [email protected] for new best numbers at both ends. Set for a final round appearance against Chaos unfortunately I lost drive staging and had to watch Nick storm away to another impressive 6.3 pass.

The long summer break was too long, so we set out for a bit of testing at Mini In The Park, a couple of aborted launches due to a magneto fault and we set out to get ready for an outing in Super Pro at the Euro Finals.

Massive thank you to Ian Turboville for helping us out with a replacement rotor arm after Parcel Farce once again made a simple job impossibly difficult! First run a soft launch and check out run against John Everett (always a fun guy to race!) [email protected] A few tweaks to the fuel system and more clutch looking to take advantage of the awesome track conditions, driver error with a double clutch off the line but then the car was flying until around 500ft where I felt a weird vibration, quickly lifted and felt the motor die accompanied by a cloud of death smoke. I knew it wasn’t good news, popped the chutes, pulled over and left the brakes well alone in case I was swimming in oil. I hopped out the car, pulled the diaper back and confirmed the worst, a gaping hole in the sump and aluminium everywhere. Those shiny new Bill Miller rods don’t look so good when they’re on the outside…

A quick comment on diapers, basically it saved the car, 90% of the expelled oil was safely held in the diaper when we got back to the pits – without it there would have been 10qts of Lucas’ finest racing oil and chunks of aluminium under the slicks at 150mph and probably a very bent fuel altered stuffed into the concrete wall. Safety gear at its best, every car should have one. It also minimalised clear up time which has to be a bonus especially on such a busy weekend.

Finally a massive thank you to our sponsors; Lucas Oil, Custom Exotics, Auto Finesse and Fresh Reflections, to the crew – never down and always hard working, everyone who’s helped us this year (you know who you are) and our supporters around the world – over 1200 of you on our Facebook page now!

That’s our season done. We stripped the motor totally and are waiting on the diagnosis on the block/crank but we’ve got a few ideas to step things up a bit for next year! We’ll be back out at Easter, bigger, better and faster, its going to be a long winter again.

We’re gutted to miss the season finale at the VP Racing Fuels National Finals supporting the NFAA but I’ll be there (you can’t keep me away) and will give Colin a hand up in the commentary box for the NFAA again.

Dragstalgia II

After losing the freshly painted ’34 Ford body at the Summer Nationals we had a battle on our hands to get the car re-bodied in time for Dragstalgia, but there was no chance we would miss our headline event for the year. A replacement body was sourced, in the form a ’23 T which used to belong to my Dad and Uncle Mick 20 years ago, Dad made the trip to Dorset to pick the body up from Janet Powis (who’s late husband John of Henry’s Revenge fame had purchased from us.)

The body had been widened 7″ to fit John’s car so Chris and myself armed with an angle grinder cut the body into two and mounted it on the chassis to line everything up and brace it, the front of the body required lengthening 12″ and the turtle deck sectioning an additional 5″ and lengthening 6″ so a buck was made up to hold everything in place for fibreglassing. Dragstalgia at this point was a mere 10 days away! A week of furious fibreglassing and sanding assisted by Chris, my Dad and Joe later we had a body back in one piece, just prep and filler work to smooth it all in now, Tuesday and Wednesday night we put down the satin black paint, a far cry from the stunning House of Kolor Wild Cherry Candy applied to the old ’34 Ford by our amazing sponsors Custom Exotics, but needs must and all that.

Friday morning the body arrived at the track, mounted on the car and we all set about the finishing touches, mounting the parachutes, body catches etc. Saturday morning arrived with rain giving us some time to get stickers on and for Tanya to letter the body making it look more presentable. Jason Phelps kindly welded tabs on for mounting the rear wing, I fabricated some spill plates and we were good to go!

First run lined up against Joe in Nuthin’ Fancy, being out in the open and seeing a lot more was all a bit different but the car responded well, clocking new PBs at every incremental until a fuel line failed around 3/4 track, still running a PB 7.52 at only 147mph qualified number 2, lots of potential – all very happy and made the hard work worth it.

Sunday round 1 against Joe again, a slight stumble off the line and a very weak 60ft before the car picked up and pulled all the way through, [email protected] two more PBs! Unfortunately Joe suffered massive tyre shake losing an ignition wire which shut the car off so we took the round win.

Lined up against Nick in the unstoppable Chaos for the final was not to be, an air line caught around the reverser lever and pulled the car out of gear while trying to stage leaving Nick to solo for the event win with another storming 6.4 second pass.

All in we’re a very happy team right now, the work everyone put in to get the car ready was amazing, and it doesn’t look half bad either! Our crew is the best – a huge personal thank you to all of you. There’s still plenty more potential with the car and its going the right way, next up is a dabble in Super Pro at the Euro Finals for a bit more track time before the final NFAA round at the National Finals where we’re hoping to secure our 2nd spot in the championship.

A big congratulations for Dave Grabham and the Freddy’s Revenge team for getting back on the track again, really good to have you guys returning to the NFAA, also to my Uncle Mick for a new PB in his Jurassic Parts Wild Bunch slingshot, a very easy 10.45.

Finally a few more thank you’s to people who made it possible.

  • Lucas Oil, Custom Exotics, Auto Finesse and Fresh Reflections for their continued support.
  • Jason Phelps for the chute packs and welding
  • Roy Wilding for the wing
  • Andy Cowen of C&C Race Engineering for his offers of help and support
  • Ramon from Wild’r at Heart for letting us borrow his welder
  • Janet Powis for her help in getting us a body to run
  • Crunch for his ever-present help, support and tuning advice.
  • Andy and Joe Curtis for use of the awesome satin black ’66 Chevy pickup tow truck, finished the look off perfectly!

2010 Season Review

The season ended on the best possible high, after being shut off with a small oil leak in the first qualifier I lined up against fellow ex-junior dragster drive and best mate Joe Bond in the Nuthin’ Fancy topolino for the second session of NFAA qualifying. After getting a good feel for the car and controlled burnouts I was starting to feel a lot more confident, and thought it was about time I tried for a burnout that (hopefully) Fast Freddy would be proud of.

Bringing the revs up into stage and launching the car pulled harder than I’ve felt before and I held the shifts longer, around 330ft I saw Joe out the corner of my eye but I wasn’t all that far behind so I thought it must have been on for a semi decent pass. In the second 1/8th it was really pulling until I felt the car nose over at 1000ft, coasting over the line and popped the chutes.

After turning off at the top end I waited for the crew to arrive, not really sure what time to expect, when Martin announced it was a 7.60 I was over the moon, nothing like diving straight into the 7s!

Upon inspection in the pits it turned out that the burst panel on the blower had gone, and an onboard video confirmed it was as it went through the 1000ft mark. With clocking 172mph at the 1000ft and 173mph at the quarter it would surely have been on for a low [email protected], so plenty more to come next year. Unfortunately we found an air leak on the blower manifold on Sunday morning, we think the aluminium plate on top of the manifold had warped so we were out for the rest of the weekend, which was then lost to rain.

Over the winter we’ve got plenty of improvements and changes to make, we will be putting a set of 4.56 gears in the rear axle to get the 60fts down, also a magnesium buzzard catcher injector will be replacing the nostalgia ribbed Enderle injector which is just not big enough to supply the air required, if time permits there will be a few aero tricks on the body as well.

I’d like to congratulate Joe Bond, the whole Bond family and Nuthin’ Fancy team on their NFAA Championship win, there’s not a more deserving team out there. I’d also like to thank everyone who has helped and supported us this year, you know who you are – it wouldn’t be possible without you all.

Once again a massive thank you to sponsors; Lucas Oil and Dodo Juice.

Now, how long is it until Easter? In the mean time I’m off to the California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield to finish off the season with sun and nitro.

Show me the Juice

Following on from our recent test session at Mini In The Park we are now getting ready for the Euro Finals and a foray into Super Pro for the weekend.

In our preparations I’m excited to announce a new sponsorship partner: We’ve put together a deal with Dodo Juice. Those of you heavily into vehicle detailing/polishing will know Dodo Juice for being the best of the best and creating their own pure carnauba specialist polishes and waxes for different applications – along with their own line of cleaning equipment there is nothing better for keeping your ride looking it’s best! For more information about their products take a trip over to Dodo Island, the home of Dodo Juice and all things shiny. For the results, see Motor Psycho at the track!

2009 Season Review

2009 has been a very busy year for us all at Time Machine Racing, in February the bare chassis, engine, axle and wheels arrived at Bill Felstead’s Fester Race Cars shop in Romford. In the next 7 months Motor Psycho was born, of course that makes it sound easy but in reality it was 7 months of constant work, parts aquisitions, phone calls, emails and weekends at Bill’s, including all but one weekend in August, the final result though? Mind blowing, Bill’s fabrication and eye for detail, stance and nostalgia is second to none and come the end of Euro Finals weekend there sat the car thats been in my head for the last two years, Bill I can’t thank you enough – it’s perfect.

Euro Finals weekend in itself was a manic one putting all the last touches to the car and getting it ready to make noise, which it did Saturday afternoon and after solving a mag clamp problem if I do say so myself it sounded fantastic.

Two weeks later we were ready for shakedown passes at the National Finals, due to highly overgeared rear axle the clutch and gearbox took some heavy abuse, but its a start.

Work is already underway for the 2010 season, the rear gear problem is currently being solved, the gearbox will be rebuilt and the clutch freshened. There are some other rather unique and potential highly advantageous plans being hatched, but I’ll keep them secret for now!

The list of thank yous is huge, without these people though this car simply wouldn’t have been possible.

Les Downey at Lucas Oils UK for their continued support, this is our 11th year of involvement with Lucas and simply nothing else would go in that engine.

Bill & Luke ‘Pit Rat’ Felstead, Bob Jarrett, Dave ‘Crunch’ Crunkhorn, Martyn Hannis the Bond Family & Nuthin Fancy Racing, Bob Glassup & Xtreme Racing, John & Leslie Wright, Lawrie Gatehouse, Tony Betts, Andy Kate & Luke Robinson, Jason Phelps, John Spuffard, Dave Bryant, Martin Hill, Doug Ripley, David Lloyd-Jones, Darren Prentice & everyone at Santa Pod Raceway.

Also to the crew, my Dad (Bob), Darren, Martin, Ben, Tanya & Vicky, a better crew I couldn’t wish for.

Finally some congratulations are in order, Bennett Racing for their championship win, Joe Bond for getting back into the 6s and runner up in the championship, Bill Felstead & Jon Best for having the most evil sounding car on the planet and running right into the 6s on fire on his first full pass, Bob Glassup for breaking into the 6s for the first time and commiserations to Freddy’s Revenge for the engine damage sustained at the National Finals, we hope to see you out again soon.

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