08.11.06 - Maybe the last time, maybe not...
UK Super Pro ET racer Derek Flynn of Eurodragster.com News sponsor Gold RV took one last run out in his "old" blown-alcohol dragster at Saturday's Flame and Thunder Show at Santa Pod Raceway. However Derek tells us that this might not be the last we see of the six-second dragster in Gold RV Racing colours.
"We decided that after the rain out at the National Finals and because our car was ready to run we should go to the Flame and Thunder Show, and what a great weekend we had", says Derek.
"When we checked the weather station on Saturday morning we thought we must have entered something wrong as it was telling us that we needed a 59 pill in the main, so good was the air! We normally run between 96 and 120. The engine was going to love it but would we be able to apply the power to the track, because it was a very chilly six degrees? We should not have worried as the Santa Pod crew did their normal excellent job of preparing the track. We managed a 6.68/202 straight off the trailer and my team informed me that it was appreciated by the massive crowd. It proved to be amongst the fastest and quickest runs of the day, we were very happy with that and it was a nice way for me to finish with the old car!
"On Sunday my business partner and Crew Chief Gary Jenkins was going for his licence runs. Gary has never driven a dragster before and I must admit to being a little apprehensive, as well as admiring his bottle for jumping straight into the quickest dragster in Super Pro ET. He impressed me even further by performing a good burnout and then nailing it on his first launch and lifting as instructed. On his first attempt at a half pass, the car got a little out of shape after some terrible tyre shake, that broke the wheelie bar and a rose joint on the gearbox stay and Gary had to lift before it shifted, so he had to do the half pass again.
The third burnout was awesome. It was really neat for me to see and hear our car from the outside so to speak. Again Gary nailed it, it still shook but not as bad and again it got a little out of shape but he handled it well, lifting till he got it straight and nailed it again, well done mate!
We would like to thank all the Santa Pod crew who prepped the track before each of Gary's runs to try to give him a reasonable chance of getting away from the line. Now all he has to do is a full pass and he has his licence, so if we don't sell the car over the winter you might see us enter two cars next year, as Gary loved it!"
The Gold RV Racing team also had some fun with their Junior Dragsters at the Run What You Brung on Sunday. "Pete Walters raced his dad Richard of J & W Automotive, who won!", says Derek. "Then to rub it in further Richard managed a perfect Reaction Time on his second run against Tom! It just goes es to show us oldies can still have good reactions. We then put my wife Fiona in our Junior to race Pete and despite a little trouble staging she won too due to the fact Pete redlit - probably trying to match Dad's perfect RT to shut him up. After the run Fiona said that she could hardly see due to the vibration and appreciated a lot more what the Juniors do, but she still really enjoyed it."
Original article taken from Eurodragster.com.