English Beat: Moxley at the ’21 Hot Rod Drags

There was a big turnout for Santa Pod’s final Nostalgia event of 2021—the Hot Rod Drags. History was made in the Outlaw Anglia class on Saturday during qualifying, which saw the first six-second pass in the UK and Europe. Sunday was disrupted by light rain, which saw some racers and spectators leave early.  But at 2:00 pm, racing was back on.

Outlaw Anglia

Twenty eight cars qualified for Outlaw Anglia eliminations and Jedd Guy (featured photo above) became the first of the breed to run a six-second pass—6.974 with a personal best speed of 193.76 mph.

Colin Millar

Colin Millar was next with a 7.064, Jon Webster with a .7151 personal best, and Paul Hensher at 7.452.

Ronnie Mercer

There were p/bs for Ronnie Mercer at 8.724, Martyn Payne at 8.730, and Spencer Tidswell at 9.630.

Martyn Payne

Round one of eliminations saw Millar equal his p/b 7.043. Payne ran another p/b 8.707 to beat Rob Brindle, who managed to complete the rebuild of his car at the track. Special thanks from the crew to Millar for the new body and Geoff Hauser for the chassis repair in six weeks.

Ben Kennedy (near lane) vs Spencer Tidswell

Ben Kennedy recorded his first nine, beating Tidswell with a 9.838. Guy ran another jaw dropping 6.886 in round two.

There were a couple of shocks in the next round with Phil Drewitt knocking out Payne and Webster breaking against Mercer, who ran an 8.681 p/b.

The final turned out to be a classic and never to be forgotten. 2021 Champion Guy ran 6.937 at a 194.52 speed record to beat Millar’s 7.066-192.23—the quickest and fastest side-by-side race in Outlaw Anglia history.

Wild Bunch

Warren Rowlands

There was a big turn-out in the Wild Bunch class with fourteen teams recording there personal bests over the weekend.

Santa Pod marshal and Wild Bunch racer Dave Rowlands passed away earlier this year, and his son Warren ran his dad’s car, recording the first eight second pass at 8.908-143.52 to the delight of the track crew and team.

Alan Skipp

Alan Skipp ran his first nine, a 9.880. Tim Roy ran 9.121, Jim Tanner 9.142, Wayne Colvill 9.317-141.65. Mark Coulsell 161.94, and Lee Hartnell 10.024-133.23.

Lee Hartnell

Angelo Lanni

There were two new debuts. Angelo Lanni has been rebuilding Henry’s Revenge for six years, which was John Powis’ original chassis, and has fitted a new body and ran a best of 9.481-136.96. The other car was Rich Butcher’s, which was built in the 1970s by Ken Cooper and ran 13.159

There are no eliminations in the Wild Bunch, it is run as close to your dial-in. Pete Brown won the event.

Pete Brown

Super-Charged Outlaws

Mike Couch

Run on a dial-in, the Super-Charged Outlaws put on a great show.

Robin Read recorded back-to-back personal best mid sixes—6.521 at 206 and 6.531-209.02 and was the quickest and fastest vehicle at the event.

Tony Underhill

Tony Underhill had some handling issues and some spectacular wheelies and still ran a p/b of 7.056 in his all-steel body Willys.

Andy Hadfield also went for the high altitude award when his wheelie bars folded and he went very high, resulting in damaging the front axle and minor damage to the sump.

Wayne Allman had a new ignition system and blower and ran a stunning 7.260-188. Roy Wilding had a new fuel set-up for his slingshot.

Michael Hannah

Michael Hannah ran 7.242-191, Gary Parkes ran a p/b 7.383. Robbie Grabham had transmission issues with the A35 body altered and ran 7.493. Des Taylor ran 7.503 in his altered and Aaron Windridge ran 7.594.

Gary Parkes

Des Taylor

The winner was Mike Couch.

Gasser Circus

Tom Margesson

Tom Margesson’s stunning Ford Pop led the Gasser Circus field in qualifying with an 11.381 (dial in 11.38), just ahead of Kate Booth’s 10.437 (10.43) and points leader Nick Barnett’s 11.718 (11.70).

Kate Booth

Nick Barnett

Margesson’s weekend ended in round two to Graham Barton. Martyn Hallam also knocked out Barnett in the same round.

Graham Barton

Ray Irish

Booth broke out in the semi-finals against Ray Irish. Hallam broke out in the other semi to Barton.

In the final, Barton was on the button winning with a 10.798 on a 10.79 dial-in against Irish’s 10.240 (10.19).

Nick Barnett is the 2021 Gasser Circus Champion.

story and photos by Steven Moxley

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