UK Truck Event
Series Round 6 & Real Steel
Series Round 9
19th-20th August '06
and the Wild Bunch were heading to the first UK Truck Event at Santa Pod.
The Wild Bunch were part of the drag racing showcase that Santa Pod had
organised for the event and it was also going to be a competitive round
covering both the Wild Bunch and Real Steel Series.
Friday afternoon brought us into a pretty unpleasant scene. The rain was
heavy and the pits were awash. But we settled down and setup camp next to
Martin Holgate and Paranoia.
The weather on Sunday morning
looked a bit better and The Wild Bunch found themselves sitting in the
staging lanes next to the 5.5 ton BTRA racing trucks. They were pretty
impressive running 14 and 15 second passes at upto 100mph.
So the first run came and Helen
ran a 9.90 at 131mph. Not quite as quick as usual but likely due to slighlty
too advance ignition timing after the new dizzy was installed.
Don't worry Dean, P&P will fix
"and... carry the one....."...
Hazing the Hoosiers once more....
and when we came to warm up, we couldn't get the Belle started. There was no
spark at all, tracing back through the ignition system it was either a dodgy
coil or the MSD ignition box had gone fizz. With no real option of fixing
it, Dean borrowed Darryls (DASH Racing) car and headed off home to fetch the
spare HEI dizzy. (The HEI works without the need for the MSD box or a
seperate coil.) Once Dean had returned about 6 hours later, it was a short
job to get the Belle running again.
The louder you scream, the
faster we go!
Once the Belle was sorted it was
time to get setup for Christine's birthday party. This weekend was a special
party for a special age, but that's all I'm going to say..... We had a load
of visitors from the Bunch and our other friends at the track and a we had a
wonderful time. Thank you for all the cards and presents, you really made it
a night to remember.
For the second run Dean
re-adjusted the timing and the Belle sped up to a more normal 9.70 at
136mph. This was looking better and we looked forward to the third and final
As Helen left the next time the
car looked a little sluggish and sure enough we ran a 10.34 but still with a
reasonable 133mph. Dean was suspecting he'd overdone the timing, but on
returning to the pit's Helen put his mind at rest as she had launched in 2nd
gear! So, all was well with the Belle, but any chances of being placed were
gone. Happy that we were back up and running, we started the packing up
before attending the Wild Bunch prize ceremony.
Claire crunched the numbers and
the happy winners went down to the start line to receive their trophies from
the event organisers. Congratulations to Roy Wilding and Andy Murphy and the
other winners, for their phenomenal consistency.
Next up, the
Open Sports Nationals....