This week we have moved away from the yard to somewhere a little more exciting – Santa Pod Raceway. The track was hired out for a private session by the “A602 Street & Strip Rods” their web link can be found here. They have invited Mustang Maniac out to play on the Friday this week and how could we say no? Well we didn’t actually. Adam had uncovered the UBB 1000bhp Mustang after it had been sitting in storage for seven years, he prepped the car “by giving it a clean” apparently. [Editor: Somebody tell me that he was joking – right?] The car was taken up on the LAR newest lorry for a little run out as well.
There was Adam, Yogi and Spence who were going to go down the strip. The plan for the day was to pay your track fee and you can go down the track as many times as you wanted. There was a good selection of cars, anything from daily driver Ford Kuga to full Pro Mod strip racers. Some of the races was like watching slow motion, others were intense where every tenth of a second counted. We have to take our hats or should that be crash helmets off to all those who had a go, regardless of their car. The weather was perfect, a hot sunny day to keep the newly coated raceway nice and sticky.
The pics are mainly of the Mustang Maniac guys. Adam in the yellow UBB, Yogi in red and Spence in green.
So in no particular order we have tried to group the pictures in a sequence. First up is Adam with his very first run with his UBB, with no burn out.
Adam had lots of wheel spin and bounced the rev limiter at the end, it still gave him his first run of 12.4 with a manual shift on a road car. We asked Adam how do you know when to change gear without a shift change light; his reply was typical Adam: “When it hits the rev limiter.” We think he was joking – wasn’t he?
Yogi set a personal best for the day, although he was still not happy about it as he botched a gear change and still posted a pretty epic 11.4
This set of pictures Yogi asked us to look at his wrinkles; “Tyres, on the (Bleep) tyres, not on me.” You can see what he means as the tyres twist and wrinkle up under the stress of being launched.
The further runs we have a video of Yogi against a newer Mustang.
Next up was Spence setting some great times in the low 13’s.
There was two races that were building up, Adam vs Yogi, and Yogi vs Spence. Adam went for a second run and had a miss-fire and had bit of smoke. Back in the paddock the initial diagnosis was an injector not jetting correctly. So the UBB was retired in order not damage it. However – Yogi had prepped the car before the day out, on lifting the bonnet to spot any obvious problems, Adam spotted that the battery lead was loose. Yep – suspected foul play from the Bear camp was rumoured. A full inquest will be had back at the yard over a Jaffa cake or three and a few cups of tea for weeks to come.
The paddock was full of some serious race cars and hot rods.
Some of the other cars varied from an old Land Rover to Prod Mod racers as we said before dropping into the mid 9’s.
The eagerly awaited race between the best of friends Yogi and Spence.
Yogi won on the day for this showdown. The guys also tried to out do each other on the burn out front too. The war paint here says it was about even! Although Yogi claims that on the video he was winner there too. I dare say more Jaffa cakes and cups of tea will sort that debate out as well.
Spence also wanted to race another friend of his Dave G in his Mustang. This time Spence nailed a convincing win.
The other cars made for some great racing too. Look for the wrinkles on the “Heavy Chevy” here too.
There were a few casualties of the day, but that is racing. And there general consensus is that it’s not as easy at it looks! We hope to get these videos up on our YouTube channel as well soon.
We hope you enjoyed the videos as much as we did racing the cars. Again a big thanks to ther”A602s” for the invite, we had a blast.