The last couple of weeks have been busier than usual and it was decided that the guys wanted to go and play. So just what is the best place to go and play? The answer was quite obvious to Yogi, “Santa Pod” drag strip racing for him. So Mustang Maniac went on tour with a few Mustangs.
So Yogi, Paul, Stuart & Claire, Mason, Mart, Sam & Steff all arranged to camp overnight last Saturday night at Santa Pod Classic Ford Show with a “run what you bring”. Yogi wanted to run his Mach1 down the strip after a few changes. The guys arrived in their three Mustangs, Saab and a Vauxhall. They parked up and got the tents up ready for the evening.
With the essentials completed Yogi wasted no time in swapping his rear tyres over for an old set of rims and a some old tyres he found. Yogi drove to the fire up lane and waited for his turn to tear up the strip. Sam, Paul and Stuart pushed the car up until it was almost Yogi’s turn to run, the first of his three runs.
Most of the cars here such as the older Fords have race this, or race that, NOS piped in and turbo’s etc. Yogi is running his car against some of these super fast and highly pampered cars. The results were pretty spectacular for his first run where he was holding back with 12.04 time which was the fastest of the day for a fair while. No added bolt-ons and he was still faster than some of the other dedicated drag racing cars there.
He was fairly pleased with the time since it was the first time he had hit the drag strip for three years, but he was complaining he couldn’t get traction of the line. The second run was against a Subaru turbo rear engine and rear wheel drive dedicated rocket. We tried to do a slow mo shot of this run but it didn’t come out to good. But we will try to sort that out and upload it to our YouTube Channel when we get round to it very soon. Yogi run a red light in his eagerness to get going and you could just see the car loosing all grip and not going anywhere, in true Yogi style his still carried on with a time of 11.4 nevertheless.
The last run was the best of the day and Yogi was blowing the cobwebs out his fur and getting the hang of it. He nailed a 11.01 this time, but was unhappy with the tyres that were now completely shot to bits and gave no traction at all.
In fact the data sheets shows he was wheel spinning up to the 100 feet (or nearly two seconds) marker before he actually hooked up any real power. Yogi said that with decent tyres there was easily another one and half seconds to be found.
We wandered around the fire up lane took a few photo’s of some very nice cars to share with you.
Later in the afternoon it was Fords only racing.
The evening was set with a single can of beer each (yeah right), there was a the drive home the next day to think of too. Just for the Yogi Fan Club we have the following:
Sunday saw many more cars turn up to play and some of the dedicated drag cars that were still not as quick as Yogi’s time set.
Somebody happened to mention that to Yogi and we got this:
The stalls and displays were in full flow with some trailer queens being brought to the show just to show them off.
Racing was pretty spectacular as well with some very nice very fast cars.
Jeff from Taz Racing was there showing them how it should be done. http://www.tazracing.co.uk/ Jeff , Yogi says: Hi!
There was a pretty awesome bit of kit there in the form of Fire Force 3, the worlds fasted jet car. The camera got a bit shaky as people were trying to muscle in and get a good a position as we got to see this car run. It does settle down again though.
It made the run in just a fraction over 5 seconds!
A great time was had by the guys and there was estimated 100,000 people there over the weekend.
The ’70 Mach1 has had some serious work done to the rear end now and is looking pretty darn good.
Paul the Paints Mach1 has had a new rear end fitted and is also looking pretty darn good too.
To finish up a pretty big post we have PJ & Enos taking up station in the Yogi cave!