event: Dragstalgia 2014 at Santa Pod Raceway, UK

Dragstalgia Heat When You Need it Most!

story and photos by Steven Moxley


2 strokes X 3 cylinders X 3 engines....bogglles the mind

Two legendary 60’s/70’s American Fuel Altereds headlined the three day 2014 Dragstalgia event at Santa Pod Raceway.  Ron Hope with his Rat Trap Altered and Rich Guasco’s Pure Hell with Brian Hope at the wheel did some exhibition passes over the weekend. Also on the entry list were the N.S.A. bike challenge and Nostalgia Funny Car Cannonball. There was also the first Annual Willys War and the Gasser Circus with American Dale Snoke racing his Mercury Comet.


Dale Snoke's Comet

For those who like their hell pure

Rich Guasco has campaigned Pure Hell since 1963. It was restored in 1992 and has personal best figures of 6.19 at 244 mph. On Friday they had a fuel pump issue and the team fitted another pump for Saturday. 


Pure Hell popping the laundry

Rat Trap was first raced in 1965 and took the winlight on Saturday’s first match race when Pure Hell took out the foam blocks in the centre of the track (yeah, altereds!—Tim). But on Sunday morning, Rat Trap threw a rod and was out of the show. 

Missing Kink Nick Davies wreaking Havoc

So UK’s Nick Davies (the Missing Kink?—Tim), driving the Havoc fuel altered, raced Pure Hell in the final race of the weekend and it was the best race of the day, with Brian Hope running 6.82 at 224 mph to Davies’ 6.90-205mph.

Ron Hope smokes'em


Pure Hell vs Rat Trap

Pure Hell vs Rat Trap

Rat Trap airing his shorts

Ian “Bedmate” Turburville

Other cars worthy of note included Wayne Allman’s VW Split Screen with a blown motor. It ran a 7.921 at 179.21mph on Saturday. Ian Turburville was there with his beautiful blown slingshot dragster, and Bengt Stafberg from Sweden with his altered.


It's a bus, it's a lorry, it's a pick-up.....

...it's the other Allman brother Wayne's "Mental Breakdown!"

Bengt Stafberg

Ramon Van Der Weurf won the Cannonball in his 71 Dodge Charger with a personal best of 6.38 at 215 mph (running on Methanol). He beat Wendy Baker’s Ford Mustang’s 7.12 at 184. Tim Garlick ran a p/b of 6.58 in his Pontiac Firebird.

Jeff Byne on the double engine Morgo-Triumph

The big interest on the N.S.A. shootout was the return of Jeff Byne on the double engine Morgo-Triumph, and fans were hoping to see it run side-by-side with John Hobbs on his double engine Weslake (Hobbit).  But Hobbs had damaged crank in one of the motors at a Shakespeare County meeting. 


Pip Higham's Funnybike

Another couple of rides making their appearance at the event were Pip Higham and two–time ACU Pro Stock bike champion Nick Pepper, both riding Steve Tong bikes. Ray Law was on his double engine Triumph. Colin Fallows has recently restored Mick Butler’s double engine Norton known as “Super Cyclops.” Matthew Norman was riding his grandad Dennis “Stormin” Norman’s Triumph.

Ray Law doesn't like the sign

Colin Fallows and “Super Cyclops”

There were two days of qualifying and the quickest two would race in the final. Dave Clee on “Shotgun,” his Puma Triumph, beat Ray Law to win the shootout.

Dave Clee and “Shotgun”

Derek Chinn


Russell Cook's Triumph

Momma, that ain't water in the waterbox