A big crowd turned out for what could be the last Hot Rod Drags at Shakespeare County Raceway, and the weather got better as the weekend went on.
This year the Outlaw Anglia class celebrates 25 years, and there were over twenty cars entered for the event. Weather disrupted qualifying, so the ladder was done by championship points positions for a 16 car eliminator. Simon Barlow debuted a new engine combination for his Fordson with some test passes.
The semi-finals were completed with 2017 Outlaw Anglia Champion Colin Millar beating Phil Middleton 7.798-172.53 to 8.649-157.37. In the other semi, Paul Hensher’s 8.093-174.79 beat Jedd Guy’s 9.152-103.23.
Rain fell and the meeting came to an end.
The final round of the Gasser Circle championship saw a good turnout for a championship battle between Brian Gibson and Harvey Turner, and both drivers were knocked out in round one. Gibson won the championship.
John Grant beat Tim Holmes in the final when Holmes redlit.
The Supercharged Outlaws put on a great show for the crowd with long smoky burnouts and wheels-up launches.
Best race of the day was Joel Kerr against Neil Townson, with the winlight going to Kerr 7.803-176 to 7.815-191.
There were good runs by Ian Merryweather in his Altered, Lee Galimore, and Kristen Van Croon in her Plymouth Cuda.
Paul Watson debuted his new Altered.
story and photos by Steven Moxley