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!