These superb people all work together as a perfect team to enable us to enjoy ourselves fully at the race track while getting all necessary work done. Without any of them a race meeting would be a lot more difficult.
Bob Gleadow – Team Owner
Back in the 1960′s when drag racing was beginning to find its feet in this country, Bob and his brother Mick were working in a catering van selling hot dogs at an early Drag meet. By the end of the day they were hooked, and decided that they had to have a go at this amazing sport. Shortly after returning home, work on the first car commenced. Since that time, Bob has in one way or another been involved in the sport within the UK, and once even drove the rollers at Santa Pod to start Don Garlits. As well as organising all the team logistics, he performs the vital tasks of keeping the crew fed and watered over the course of a race meeting.
Darren Galloway – Crew Chief
Darren got into drag racing by replying to an advert placed by Fay Fischer, who was looking for a new crewman for her Super Pro dragster. When Fay was asked to drive Bob’s Top Alcohol Dragster, Darren naturally became a part of the Alcohol team, and was fundamental in its successes. When Bob, Martin and Adam stopped Top Alcohol racing in 1999, Darren went to crew for Martin Canto on the ex Time Machine 5 Top Alcohol Dragster, which was then being driven by photographer Darryl Bradford. Darryl soon decided to step up to Top Fuel, and Darren went with him to build the new car and crew for him on the John Wright tuned machine, competing against the best in Europe. Now Darren brings his experience and dedication to Motor Psycho, and we can think of no-one we would rather have maintaining the car.
Adam Gleadow – Driver
Like Martin, Adam was born in to drag racing and has been on the team since he could hold a polishing cloth. He started his driving career in Junior Dragster, where he was the first UK Junior Drag Racer to compete outside the UK at Hockenheim in 2001 where he collected a second place trophy. During his 3 years in the class he collected many trophies, and wanted to progress into a Fuel Altered after first seeing Clive Meachell race. Adam graduated from NEWI with a degree in Motorsports Engineering and has trained as an Engine Builder.
Martin has quietly worked his way through many classes within Drag Racing, starting as a wheel polisher in Pro ET, moving up through the classes with Gleadow Brothers Racing, until he found himself in charge of the computer on a Top Methanol Dragster, and part of a winning team in Norway. When he started University he decided to take a break from Drag Racing, at the same time as Bob decided to concentrate on his business. However, after a few weeks or so away from the sport, the craving set in, and they couldn’t stay away. With the time constraints felt by both of them a big car was not possible, so Adam got to drive a Junior Dragster, and Martin became Crew Chief for him. Martin is happiest watching the car disappear down the track on another PB though one day would like to drive a slingshot.
Tanya has joined Time Machine Racing from the world of ‘going round corners’, as she is a qualified Fire Marshal on the Emergency Services team at Silverstone. Married to Martin, she became addicted to Drag Racing after her first experience at the 2004 Main Event. Tanya has been with the team since then, and is not afraid to turn her hands to anything requiring attention from turning spanners to cooking roast dinners for the crew. She has also been responsible for some of the lettering seen on Motor Psycho, and one day would like a pink ’57 Chevy. The kids at school never believe her about the car.
Chris got involved straight away after his first visit to Santa Pod and now assists Darren with the maintenance on the engine and happily throws a spanner wherever he can to make our between round maintenance more efficient and ensure the car is race ready. Chris’ spare time is largely consumed with builing a mk2 VW Golf show car on air-ride suspension.
After visiting Santa Pod for many years for aircooled VW events Alex first saw Motor Psycho on a trip with Adam and Chris, and pretty much imediately got involved. Helping to carry out the turn around between runs and assisting Adam with the clutch and gearbox he is now a fully fledged crew member. Away from the track (when not fixing oil leaks on his bay window camper) Alex is in the process of building a VW Beetle to race in the VWDRC.