Mid-June was a busy time for Eurodragster.com as we covered the Sweden Internationals at Tierp Arena and, on the very next weekend, the SPRC Summernationals at Santa Pod Raceway. Luckily we specialise in being busy although at time of writing Your Reporter is looking forward to a weekend off.
It has become traditional that when the
Eurodragster.com staff go on their travels one of the team is pulled
over by Security. The really amazing thing, though, is that it is
always the same member of the team: our Pit Reporter and Blog Editor
Simon. You all know Simon and I ask you, do you know a less
suspicious-looking person? I can only assume that the security guys
operate on the principle that it is always the quiet ones but, whatever
their reasons, on the journey to Sweden Simon was pulled over at
Heathrow and his hand luggage was taken apart.
Internationals was a most enjoyable event even though we lost some of
it to rain. That will of course have satisfied those people who seem to
prefer the prospect of rain to the prospect of a good weekend's racing;
that is their right and their privilege but I really, really wish they
would leave the rest of us the hell alone rather than spoiling the
anticipation of close qualifying, hard racing and new records. From
Your Reporter's point of view a very hard weekend's work was made a lot
easier by the kind co-operation of timekeepers Oscar, Joachim, Lena and
Petteri, the banter with track announcers Christer - whom I managed to
corpse again - and Björn, and the unending efforts of Pit Reporter
Simon and photographer Patrik Jacobsson. I must also thank Emelie,
Suzzi, Kjell and Patrik Larsson who helped with various logistical
issues. We'll be back in August, without Simon who will be covering a
race in the UK although I bet that he has a security-related incident
on the day that the rest of the team fly out. Two late nights and a
huge news backlog later the venue was Santa Pod
Raceway for the Peak Performance Day and SPRC Summernationals.
was born commencing at Friday's Test Day in the person of Noah Stutz,
already a very competent Super Comp racer, who undertook his licencing
passes in Eurodragster.com sponsor Urs Erbacher's Top Fuel Dragster.
Noah opened his account with a 0.894 sixty foot time on the Friday to
huge acclaim from all present. With tuition from former European
Champion Urs, tuning from European Championship tuner Robin Grice, and
a crew of a size not seen since the days of John Ellul, Noah could not
have been in better hands and he repaid their effort and trust with a
storming set of licencing passes, keeping his head when the tyres shook
and when dead cylinders pushed the car towards the centre line. To be
honest he made it look very easy even though all sensible people
realise that it is not.