As I write I have my feet up on the recliner and am half way through my first weekend off in some weeks. In seven days from now I will be watching the famous NitrOlympX Night Show whilst our photographers Kirstie and Julian are outside doing all the work, continuing what has been a prevalent theme recently.
Dragstalgia took place at Santa
Pod Raceway in mid-July and I can't remember having had such a lazy
weekend at the track in years. For the first time in its history
Dragstalgia was unaffected by the weather and we got to see the event
as it was always meant to be. Everything was a highlight: not one but
three new Nostalgia Funny Cars took to the track, every one sporting a
genuine body and not one of those wind tunnel-assisted newstalgia
abominations. The Wild Bunch, who in my view are the world's leading
exponents of true nostalgia racing, held a round of their Championship
taking us back to the days of Lions. No mean racer herself, Sarah
Howells backed up a slingshot dragster wearing an old outfit and I
could have sworn that one of our Track Announcers - Colin Theobald,
Barry Bohannon and Dave Gibbons who all did an excellent job - said
that "Sarah's mother was buried in it". It transpired that the word was
actually "Married"; I blame engine noise. The Supercharged Outlaws, the
Cacklefest, the Outlaw Anglias, the Gasser Circus, the Nostalgia Fuel
Altered Association, fire burnouts, the historic RWYB… there was
something for everyone at Dragstalgia and every bit of it was perfect.
The only downside was seeing Steve Carey take a high speed tumble off
his Top Fuel Bike but it was quite plain from where I was sitting that
Steve would have got up and walked away had the rapidly-attending
safety crew allowed him to do so.
I have to confess that I
spent a lot of Dragstalgia doing nothing but watching the action whilst
Kirstie and Julian knocked themselves out in very hot sunshine
photographing everything which moved on track, and a whole bunch of
stuff which didn't move off track. Gijs and Susanna of our streaming
service provider Doyousee.me, together with DYSM boss Maikel who was
simultaneously broadcasting from Drachten, did all the work on the
Webster Race Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast which was viewed
by some nine thousand nostalgia fans.
My contribution to the
weekend was to visit the shutdown area to get a few parachute shots in
the company of my good buddy Alan Currans, who runs the excellent
Acceleration Archive web site - if you like your nostalgia then there's
a site you really must visit at at theaccelerationarchive.co.uk.
The top end crew made Alan and I very welcome, even finding me a couple
of Gold Dust buckets to stand on so that I could see over the guardrail
which is of necessity quite tall at the top end.
photo: VWs as far as the eye can see at Bug Jam
photo: We welcomed a number of Dutch visitors to the Mopar EuroNats