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The 39th Annual Street Racer Championship Report

Wed 13th July 2016

This year saw a large field of passionate and enthusiastic racers competing for the £1000 winner-takes-all prize. With the regular PDRC championship racing taking place on the Saturday of the race weekend, the Sunday now dedicated to the Street Racer Championship for the second year running, in response to the re-emerging desire and commitment shown by racers to achieve the title Street Racer Champion.

Such is the allure of the Street Racer Championship, not only had racers worked hard before the event but on Saturday night and Sunday morning, the pits were alive with racers working hard on their cars to ensure they had the best shot at the title. Some racers made small tweaks, whilst others went as far as a near complete engine rebuild.

The Street Racer Championship Final as always, was the last run of the day and as the finalists waited at the top of the pairing lanes, racers and crews stopped what they were doing to join spectators to watch. The finalists were Simon Boot in the big, black, blown Bootlegger Camaro and Ian Walley in his turbo small-block powered Cortina.

Ian had experienced engine problems during the weekend and had been running the car on a fairly safe tune in the mid 10’s. He had qualified third and his experience as a drag racer saw him through the early rounds of racing. This all resulted in a semi-final bye into the final.

Simon, who was in strong 9 second form and had qualified No 1, met previous Street Racer Champion Russ Pursley in his small-block powered Dutton in his semi-final, Russ having achieved low ET of the event with a 9.94 in the previous round. Russ spun the tyres off the line but shortly after Simon’s Camaro shed its blower belt. Russ pedalled and charged after him but couldn’t quite make it, Simon’s 10.82 @ 126mph being enough to cover a closing 10.84 @ 139mph.

As the two finalists took to the track in the deciding round Simon impressed the crowds with a huge rolling burnout, clearly demonstrating his intent, with Ian adopting a much more measured approach. Would the blower belt stay on the Camaro? Would Ian take the plunge and add just a little more boost for the final? There was no long burndown in pre-stage, both drivers keen to get the race underway. The cars left the line together but by 60 foot, Simon had taken the early lead. He stretched the lead out all the way down the track, crossing the finish line ahead of Ian by several car lengths to take the 39th Street Racer Championship title.

As has become tradition, the finalists returned down the track to the start-line for the presentation of the winner’s laurel, bubly, prize money and huge trophy. Thanks to Street Racer Championship sponsors Blue Bar Catering, The Turbo Shop, KC’s Hot Rod ‘n’ Race Shop, Performance Unlimited and the PDRC and to Aford Awards, York Raceway’s official trophy partner.

Street Racer Championship –The Original Street Race

Wed 22nd June 2016

3rd July 2016 York Raceway, UK – The 39h Annual Street Racer Championship will bring some of the UK’s quickest “real street cars” to the home of drag racing in the North of England.

Now in its 39th consecutive year, the Street Racer Championship is the original race for street legal cars anywhere in the world. The brainchild of BDRHoF inductee Dave Grady, the ¼ mile heads up race was created to find the UK’s quickest street car. This iconic drag race has seen a rejuvenation over the last four years and thanks to the support shown by racers, fans and marketing partners it is set to once again be a headlining event for “The North’s Dragstrip”.

With rules focussing on “streetability” and general safety, the Street Racer Championship has always attracted a diverse aray of competing machinery. Over the last few years the field has grown to include more turbocharged four and six cylinder cars, which are now producing the same sort of performance levels as their traditional V8 counterparts. It’s not unusual to see a 4wd turbocharged Subaru Impreza face off against a nitrous oxide injected pro-street ‘69 Mustang or even a stock appearing Nissan GTR racing the likes of 2015 Street Racer Champion Ian Wally’s turbocharged big block Ford Cortina; all competing for the £1000 “winner takes all” prize and the title “StreetRacer Champion”.

For 2016 all competitors will be paying the lowered entry of £30, with an additional £5 for a one day licence for those that don’t already have one with the MSA or IOPD. The race will once again be run throughout the day to allow cooling time, rather than the brutal hot laps from previous years.

For the non-street legal race cars, the event will also feature our Big Bracket where all non road legal race cars can race against each other in the any thing goes bracket race. Straightliners will provide the 2 wheel action and Julian Web will be making demonstration runs in the Split Second Jet Dragster. As usual at York Raceway the track will also be open for RWYB throughout the race weekend.

The 39th Annual Street Racer Championship is sponsored by Blue Bar Caterers, Performance Unlimited, KC’s Hot Rod ‘n’ Race Shop, The Turbo Shop and York Raceway’s Official Trophy Partner, Aford Awards.

29th 30th May Volkspower Powerfest @ York Raceway.

Mon 23rd May 2016

We will have 4 days of VW festival with 3 nights of excellent live music in our main marquee along with 2 days of action packing drag racing action!

Our gates will open on Friday the 27th with camping and the first night of our live music.

Then on Saturday we will have a static display by local VW car clubs from the north of England, as well as live music though the day leading up to the evening.

Sunday is the first day the track will be open for non stop drag racing action featuring

Round 4 of: American Super Stock, JDM-DRC, PRO FWD and NSCC. We will also have our firs VW RWYB to find a home for our £500. Amongst all that there is our Ultimate RWYB. Then once the final pass of the day is made its time to party in the main marquee for our final night of live music.

Monday track action continues with even more racing than the day before with our full schedule of: American Super Stock, JDM-DRC, PRO FWD, NSCC, Volks Stock, Pro ET, Sportsman ET, Super Cup, RWYB and VW-RWYB the final chance for the quickest VW to take home the £500 prize money. On the show field will be VW Show n Shine.

There will be plenty of caterers and trade stands and shows put on by Julian webs Split Second Jet Dragster, Steve Murtys Backdraft Wheelie fire truck and the return of the hugely entertaining, internet sensation Pat Van.

27th & 28th March 2016, York Raceway

Fri 11th March 2016

The North’s dragstrip opens its gates this Easter weekend for its 40th consecutive season of drag racing with a brace of action packing events.

Modified Action on Sunday 27th March features non-stop RWYB action, with York Raceway’s very popular Ultimate RWYB class format for street cars and the return of the Mini Showdown. The Mini Showdown always attracts some very diverse machinery looking to take the trophies for the quickest A-series Mini, the quickest “new”/BMW Mini, and quickest Mini overall. Modified Action is also the perfect opportunity for racers to test and get their race vehicles dialled-in for the PDRC Championship season.

On Monday 28th March York Raceway hosts The Easter Nationals, the first round of the 2016 PDRC Championships. Race classes include American Super Stock, Volks Stock, JDM-DRC, Pro FWD, the bracket classes Pro/ET and Sportsman/ET and the heads-up Super Cup class. The NSCC will also be competing in the first round of their series and there will be track time for RWYB throughout the day. More information on PDRC Championship race classes can be found on the York Raceway website.

MSA license holders who find themselves at a loose end on Easter Monday will be made very welcome at York where they can enter 2 race classes for only £40 with their MSA license and APIRA/SPRC membership.

11 October Judgment Day

Thu 1st October 2015

With all the racing rounds wrapped up it means one thing loads of track time available it will be virtually non stop RWYB.

Race of Champions (with prize money!!!)
An invite only race which puts all the championship winners together to see who is the best of the best, it is also a great opportunity to bask in your glory, but it isn’t going to be that easy it will include all the round winners boosting the entry to over 30 cars. And this will be our first race to offer Buy Back which means if you got knocked out in the first round you can re enter for just £10 and that will be put towards the prize fund.

Big Bracket
A bracket race open to any one just a bit of fun for all those competition cars before they get retired for the winter.

The UKs largest drag bike series, with entry’s up to 100 with a vast variety of classic bikes, street fighter style, and stretched 8 second drag bikes, if you’re a fan of two wheels then this will be right up your street.

Race of Champions

Wed 30th September 2015

Congratulations to our championship winners

Lee Chiles winner of American super stock
Andy Frear winner of Sportsman ET
Vic Parsons winner of pro ET
Paul Grainger winner of Super cup
Daniel Spenceley winner of Volks stock
Phil Davison winner of JDM-DRC
Matt Davison winner of PRO FWD

the above winners are invited to race in the race of champions on October the 11 to see who is the best of the best, but we are not going to make it too easy as all the round winners are also invited in this exclusive bracket race.

To challenge the champions are:-

From Sportsman ET:
HRG 1 James Muray
SS963 Claire Johnson
JDM2 Nathan Askey
SP 71 Stephen Gilmore

From Pro ET:
Pro 34 Marc Manning
SS 240 Andy Reynolds
PRO444 Nigel Preston
SS66 Dave Billadeau
SS707 Richard Grainger

From Volks Stock:
SP748 Jon Crawford
VS7 Danial Spensley

SP42 Phil Davison
HRG52 Paul Hughs
JDM 165 Dan Grant
JDM 4 Chris Murty
HRG8 Dave Smith

From Pro FWD:
SP162 Peter Richardson
JDM 16 Matty Davison

From Super Cup:
PRO240 Daren Peart
HR66 Paul Grianger

From American Super Stock:
SS320 Karen Gregory
SS34 Stuart Kiwi Thompson
SS66 Dave Billadeau
SS87 Lee Chiles
SS 240 Mia Cavanaugh

From NSCC:
HRG 40 Russ Pursley
HRG 10 Ian Wally
HRG 11 Derek Beck

19 September 2015 Summer MaDDness

Mon 14th September 2015

19 September 2015 MaDDness


York Raceway has struck a deal with Summer MaDDness who hold the MaDDness Motor Show at Croft to host a joint event on the Saturday 19th of September at York Raceway. There will be non stop RWYB, put your vehicle down the track to see how fast it is, and then try to beat your time on every pass, warning very addictive especially if you know your pb wasn’t a perfect run yet you still cant seem to beat it.

There will be there will be championship round of American Super Stock and JDM-DRC will be putting in some demo passes and a showdown between the two classes at the end of the day, there will be some RWYB passes from our racers as they get diled in for the finals on the Sunday.

And with no other racing scheduled will mean loads more track time for you!!

There will be trade stands and club stands and we will also have 0-60 timing set up as well.

We will be moving Ultimate RWYB (classes with trophies and 0-60 timing) on the 19th to free off the schedule on the 20th, so if you want to win a trophy Saturday the 19th is the day to go for it.

What’s On:-

Non Stop Uninterupted RWYB

American Super Stock championship round

JDM-DRC (NO POINTS) Demo round

JDM-DRC Vs American Super Stock

0-60 Timing

Trade Stands

Club Stands

Championship Racers welcome to do some passes


There is NO camping available on the Friday evening to RWYB or spectators.

Camping is available on Friday evening at 6pm to traders and PDRC members only list available below.

American Super Stock


Sportsman ET

Pro ET

Super Cup


Volks Stock


UK National Hot Rod Reunion Show n Shine – Sunday 30 August 2015

Mon 10th August 2015

If you have a Hot Rod, Custom Car, Muscle Car or Classic and would like to enter our Show n Shine then all you have to do is submit a photo of your vehicle either by FB private massage on our York Raceway page or by email at info@yorkraceway.org.uk

Successful entrants will receive 2 free entries to the event (terms and conditions apply), and will have the chance to have professional photos taken of the beautiful Voodoo Tuesday posing with your vehicle.

The judging will be done by Aqua Detailing and the winner will receive a trophy and a goody bag.

5th July 2015, York Raceway, UK – The 38th Annual Street Racer Championship

Tue 9th June 2015

5th July 2015, York Raceway, UK – The 38th Annual Street Racer Championship will bring some of the UK’s quickest “real street cars” to the home of drag racing in the North of England.

Now in its 38th consecutive year, the Street Racer Championship is believed to be the longest running drag race for street legal cars anywhere in the world. The brainchild of BDRHoF inductee Dave Grady, the ¼ mile heads up race was created to find the UK’s quickest street car. This iconic drag race has seen a rejuvenation over the last three years and thanks to the support shown by racers, fans and marketing partners it is set to once again be a headlining event for “The North’s Dragstrip”.

With rules focussing on “streetability” and general safety, the Street Racer Championship has always attracted a diverse aray of competing machinery. Over the last few years the field has grown to include more turbocharged four and six cylinder cars, which are now producing the same sort of performance levels as their traditional V8 counterparts. It’s not unusual to see a 4wd turbocharged Subaru Impreza face off against a nitrous oxide injected pro-street ‘69 Mustang or even a stock appearing Nissan GTR racing the likes of 2014 Street Racer Champion Russ Pursley’s small block Chevy powered Dutton; all competing for the £1000 “winner takes all” prize and the title “Street Racer Champion”.

For 2015 the event will coincide with the UK Power Tour’s visit to York Raceway, producing one of the largest fields of street legal race cars ever seen at the track. The British answer to Hot Rod Drag Week, the UK Power Tour will first visit Santa Pod Raceway on day one of their event, before the competitors all hit the road for the three hour trip north to Yorkshire where they will compete at the Street Racer Championship the following day.

Chris Murty (York Raceway) commented “The synergy between the Street Racer Championship and the UK Power Tour was obvious, so we have taken this opportunity to create an event that really concentrates on the best in street legal drag racing.”

For the non-street legal race cars, the event will also feature a “Big Bracket” and a heads-up “Ultimate Racer Quick 8”. Straightliners will provide the 2 wheel action and Julian Web will be making demonstration runs in the Split Second Jet Dragster. As usual at York Raceway the track will also be open for RWYB throughout the race weekend.

The 38th Annual Street Racer Championship is sponsored by Blue Bar Caterers, Performance Unlimited, Northrace Speed Shop, Air Cooled Performance, LA Racing Parts and York Raceway’s Official Trophy Partner, Aford Awards.

Trophy for 38 Street Racer Championship Arrived Today.

Fri 5th June 2015

This huge trophy that stands at just under 2ft (22’) has been kindly sponsored by our official trophy provider Aford Awards.

This trophy will be awarded to the 38th Street Racer Champion, on 5 July.

For your chance to win this trophy and £1000 prize money all you need is a street legal car, more information to come soon.

If you have any trophy needs then please check out www.afordawards.co.uk


Tue 12th August 2014

THE 37th ANNUAL UK STREET RACER CHAMPIONSHIP –Street Legal, Heads-up, Winner takes all!
24th August 2014, York Raceway, UK – The UK National Hot Rod Reunion hosts the annual race to find the UK’s quickest truly street driven car at the home of drag racing in the North of England. As is traditional, the event features a £1000 prize for the UK Street Racer Champion. Cars entered in the Street Racer Championship must have a valid V5, curent MOT test certificate and race in full street trim. Tyres must be street legal and remain within legal tread depth limits throughout the event. Qualifying and Eliminations will take place throughout Sunday 24th August with the final being the last race of the day. The small but important changes which were made to the Street Racer Championship rules and guidelines in 2013 not only returned the event to its roots but alongside improved media coverage and promotion, have assured the importance of the title, “Street Racer Champion” within the drag racing community for the future. This has also created a knock-on effect of greater sponsorship interest and York Raceway are pleased to welcome Blue Bar Catering, who have long provided catering services to racers, crews and spectators at the track, as a sponsor of the Street Racer Championship. They join returning partners, LA Racing Parts, Power Race Graphics, the PDRC and previous title sponsor, Performance Unlimited. The 2013 Street Racer Champion, Andy Forest joined a long and illustrious list which includes some of the UK’s best loved drag racers such as Andy Carter, Bill Sheratt, Brian Huxley and John Sleath who, in street racer tradition, after the championship final have all returned back down the dragstrip for the prize-giving and trophy presentation on the startline. Andy Forest’s Subaru was not only the first 6 cylinder car to win the title in 36 years, but also the first car with 4WD. Hopefully he will return to defend his title as it’s a sure thing that there’s some V8 muscle looking to take the championship back. Competitors needing further information about how to enter or the Street Racer Championship rules should contact Chris Murty at York Raceway by email or by phone on 01422 843651. Further event sponsorship opportunities are available

Burlesque @ UK National Hot Rod Reunion, Sunday 24th August

Thu 7th August 2014

UK National Hot Rod Reunion, Sunday 24th August
The fabulous Voodoo Tuesday Burlesque Act. Voodoo Tuesday will be walking round thought the day to pose for photos!!! If you would like a professional photo of you or your vehicle taken with Voodoo Tuesday by one of our resident photographers then please feel free to ask as she is walking round. Sunday night in the bar marquee things get a little more adult and a little bit naughty as Voodoo Tuesday will be treating us to two different burlesque shows. *Note* during the Sunday walkabout Voodoo Tuesday will be dressed respectfully to not offend families and children. The shows in the evening will not be suitable for children.

The UK National Hot Rod Reunion - 24th & 25th August at York Raceway

Wed 25th June 2014

The UK National Hot Rod Reunion - 24th & 25th August at York Raceway

This August Bank Holiday is the fourth National Hot Rod Reunion. In those 4 years it has grown to be the largest and most popular event on the York Raceway calendar, and this year is looking to be even bigger and better.

On Sunday we have the rejuvenated Street Racer Championship which is in its 37th year, being quite possibly the longest running street car race in the world and thanks to our sponsors Blue Bar Caterers, Power Race Graphics, LA Racing Parts, PDRC and Performance Unlimited we have put up £1000 prize money. The Street Racer Championship is open to any street-legal car, if you think you have a fast car then get it entered for your chance to win £1000. More details to follow.

We have two rounds of American Super Stock, Europe’s largest all-American car drag racing series so if you’re a Mopar nut this is perfect for you. We will also have a selection of some of the UK’s nostalgia drag cars taking to the strip, more details to follow.

On Sunday we will have our exclusive Show and Shine, the owners of some of the finest hot rods, customs and classics from all over the UK have been hand picked to present their vehicle, this event has over 100 vehicles entered.

Sunday evening we will hold our annual Cacklefest, where the race cars from the pits park up out on the track and give us 10 seconds of noise. The sound of over 50 V8s all revving their engines at once is truly awesome. Continuing the entertainment into the Sunday night, we have excellent live music from The Karma Hearts.

New for 2014, we will have static displays from some of the UK’s Nostalgia Stock Cars these wild, colourful, battered and bruised hot rods complimenting the hot rods that race. We will have a static display of some of the UK’s finest huge American trucks; many covered in chrome and long pointed noses. And we will have Voodoo Tuesday putting on a burlesque show in the evening and will be walking about throughout the Sunday with one of our photographers, so an excellent chance to get a professional photo with Voodoo Tuesday or posing with your vehicle.

And finally there will be RWYB both days so no matter what your vehicle is you can stick it on the track and see what it does!

Track Records

Fri 30th May 2014

full bodied car Dave Warne 8.1
street legal car (in full street trim) Andy Hadfield 8.3 fastest FWD Andy Speck 10.743 overall track record A. Craddock 6.47 the overall track record was set before the track resurfacing in the early 90s and without any prep.

Hot Rod Reunion 25th 26th August

Thu 25th July 2013

25th /26th August 2013, York Raceway, UK - The northern “gathering of geezers” once again takes place on August bank holiday Sunday and Monday at York Raceway, the home of drag racing in the North of England.
The National Hot Rod Reunion will be a celebration of the earlier days of hot rodding and drag racing with championship ¼ mile action on both Sunday and Monday and pre ’72 RWYB sessions throughout the weekend. The huge fields of American muscle cars of the American Super Stock (A/SS) championship which York Raceway is famous for will battle it out in two complete championship rounds over the weekend whilst the dragsters, altereds, hot rods and doorslammers of the PDRC bracket classes will qualify on Sunday and race on Monday. A Nostalgia Show ‘n’ Shine area will showcase the best in hot rods and pre ’72 custom and classic American/British cars and bikes throughout the weekend. Sunday 25th August will feature the 36th Annual Street Racer Championship which has returned to its roots in 2013 with qualifying and racing throughout the day and thanks to our sponsors Wizards of NOS, LA Racing Parts, Harogate Hot Rod and Kustom Show, Big Pete Ltd, Power Race Graphics and the PDRC will feature a £1000 winner takes all prize! To round off the Sunday evening, there will be live music from The Karma Heart. There will be a tip of the cap to the 1980’s “Northstar Jet Nationals” when Julian Web will be making exhibition runs and performing flame and thunder shows with the spectacular 10,000hp Split Second Jet Dragster, the sister car of the famous Vampire which made regular appearances at York Raceway in days gone by. Sure to also delight the younger and older members of the crowd alike, “Pat Van” is one of the world’s smallest hot rods, a truly incredible vehicle reimagined from what was once a coin operated children’s ride but now engineered to become a tiny but fully functioning race car capable of achieving over 100mph in 12 seconds. Chris Murty (on behalf of York Raceway) said “We are proud to once again be able to bring together some of the most awesome hot rods, customs and race cars from the past and present to honour our hot rod heritage in our unique annual August bank holiday festival of nostalgia”. Admission to York Raceway is £12.50 per day or £20 for the weekend with concessions for teens (13-16) being £7.50 per day or £10 for the weekend. Accompanied kids under 12 go free! A £30 per day sign-on fee applies for everyone wishing to RWYB. A camping area is available for the weekend and will open at midday on Saturday 24th at a cost of £5 per adult. PDRC members, teens and kids camp for free. The way it was is the way it is at the 3rd Annual National Hot Rod Reunion over the August Bank Holiday weekend so head out to York Raceway and relive the glory days of hot rodding.

18th Annual Mini vs Beetle Review

Thu 11th April 2013

As we opened our doors to the 18th annual Mini vs Beetle competition at York Raceway it was dry and sunny and people came in their 1000s to witness the annual showdown between two of the largest groups of car enthusiasts; the Mini owners against the Beetle owners. Several car clubs attended to support their team, with many even fighting for the cause.
Through the morning and early afternoon we kept the Minis and Beetles apart to set their best qualifying time and after a short interlude for the world’s fastest Postman Pat van (A small children’s ride converted into an unbelievably quick race car) and a 20 ton fire-breathing wheelie truck, it was time for battle. The first pair was a modern BMW Mini vs a classic black, tuned, air-cooled Beetle. As it pulled towards the start line something failed on the Beetle so we held them back and ran the next pair which was a new Beetle against a classic Mini with a motorbike engine, the new beetle took the win. After the next 5 pairs the score was even at 3 all. As always, we give the team that enters the most cars a bonus run on their own to get a bonus point, so the score was then 3-4 to the Minis, meanwhile the Beetle owner from the first pair was franticly throwing his car back together with duct tape and tie wraps and after a quick look from our scrutineer he was allowed to continue. They approached the start line; the Beetle driver knew if he was to win he could level the score, to make it a draw. The lights went green and the pair were neck and neck as they went of into the distance, everyone’s eyes poised on the score boards to see who got the win… The Mini took the win to make the final result a close, hard fought 5-3 win to the Minis. Will the Beetles get tired of being beaten by the mighty Minis? Join us on the 20th April 2014 (Easter Sunday) to find out.

*Mini vs Beetle Event Report*

Sat 6th April 2013

Given the number of cancelled meetings up and down the country last season, we were overjoyed to find that we had blue skies and sun when we arived at York Raceway for the Mini vs Beetle Shootout. The good weather also brought out a large crowd and a huge amount of entrants for the RWYB classes!
As ever there were a few new faces and/or new cars at the start of the new season, including Nigel Preston's Camaro and Daz Chandler's beautiful Chevrolet Nova. However the regular classes were relegated to RWYB & test and tune today as it was the Minis and the Beetles which were taking centre stage for their annual shootout. After a good days racing, the Minis eventually took the win, bringing the overall score to 5-3... Perhaps the Beetles will claw one back next year?

Latest News*

Wed 6th March 2013

we have two fully working scoreboards ready for our first event Mini Vs Beetle 31st March.


Wed 6th March 2013

York Raceway is happy to announce that it has joined the Geddex Race Alert System.
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The Dates

Mon 25th February 2013

Are now Published

Season Preview

Mon 25th February 2013

as we approach the up and coming season York Raceway promoter has been in touch with us to let us know what he is getting excited about and what to expect over the season.
As we approach the up and coming season there are so many things that we are looking forward to and I just don’t know where to start! This year we are debuting a brand new race class for Japanese and Japanese powered cars. It is being supported by several organisations and car club forums already. The popularity it has gained before we have run the first round is truly phenomenal, and we believe that this will be a great and popular class for 2013. The Street Racer Championship will return to its original format of qualifying and rounds though the day and we are in talks with some sponsors to enable us to put up a sizable amount of prize money for the winner. We brought you, for the very first time last year, scoreboards. Well this year we will continue to develop that and hopefully get two scoreboards up and running for 2013. We are looking at several exciting products that will share information with smart phones. But more information will be published as it unfolds. We are continuing to improve the prep of the track and are working closely with Lee Childs who preps some of the major tracks in Europe. Hopefully not only will people continue to make personal bests but I think we may even see some track records being broken this year. The 3rd annual National Hot Rod Reunion This event goes from strength to strength each year, the classic vibe fitting perfectly with the chilled vibe of York making a very popular event. The very popular bike racing series Straightliners returns to York Raceway in July. It will be great to see over 50 bikes competing on the drag strip again. And it is the second year of the new and improved Ultimate RWYB where we separate vehicles in to different classes so people are up against a similar powered car. We publish the fastest times in each class and give a little trophy out to the quickest in class. We remain the only drag strip to give you 0-60 mph times, regulars will know that we have improved the system so now you get 60ft and 0-60 mph on the same ticket. It is still however only in the right hand lane. And we still have normal RWYB, a free for all anything goes street legal non street legal. Bring it to the track and see what it does. This usually has some strange and wacky vehicles taking part. All in all with new cars being built for American Super Stock, Super Cup, Pro and Sportsman I think we are in for a truly great year.


Mon 8th October 2012

you want it, you have it! next Sunday the 14 of October the will be the début of York Raceways brand new race class for Japanese cars, the JDM-DRC. competitors will have to pay £40 to enter the brand new race class. the promoters have also decided put up prize money for the winner of the class.
remember this class will have your start times staggered so a 10 second car will cross the line at the same time as a 18 second car this will all be worked out by the timing computer which means any one can win, and i mean any one from a 18 sec car to a 9 sec car could win. more news will follow shortly.

Judgement Day 14th October

Tue 2nd October 2012

14 of October Judgement Day the last time in 2012 you can play on the norths drag strip its one day of solid uninterupted RWYB the only limiting factor on your runs will be your fuel.
how to take part. 1 bring your drivers licence, 2 bring a safe vehicle (dosnt have to be street legal), 3 bring a crash helmet (we do have some to loan)

This Week End

Mon 17th September 2012

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
live music, Monster Trucks, large trade/ catering area, Armorgedden (monster truck and tank hybrid), Wheelie Car, VW Show and Shine, Wheelie Truck, RWYB, VW vs American Muscle, kids entertainment, UKs fastest Race cars, and much, much more.

Viking Volksfest

Wed 5th September 2012

This September the north’s fastest growing VW event Viking Volksfest has moved to YorkRaceway. The move to the north’s Dragstrip will help the event expand to an event with far more attractions than ever before. Not only will the event host its usual two evenings of live bands from the likes of The Karma Hearts, The Pepper Hearts, The Sex Pistols Experience, Fireball and Mark Simpson & Oz plays Paul Weller & The Jam unplugged. There will be the usual trade stands like Mad Tattoos Water Zorbs, kindred Café, GB Vintage Clothing plus many more and not forgetting the show and shine.
But this year we can boast two days of track entertainment from some of UK fastest race cars. An epic battle of VW vs American Muscle, both groups have a long deep routed rivalry that extends to the early days of drag racing, and for the first time they will come head to head to fight it out once and for all who is better on the quarter mile. There will also be two day of Run What You’ve Brung, your chance to put your vehicle up against YorkRaceways world class timing equipment, and we are the only Dragstrip that can give you precise 0-60 times as well. And if that wasn’t enough Viking Volksfest for the first time ever will have car crushing action from the UKs leading monster truck team Big Pete which features two monster trucks, Big Pete the daddy of all monster trucks, its heavy and tough and is the worlds only 'Real Monster Truck' it will defy physics as it jumps in to the air and destroys all in its path. And the Grim Reaper the new breed of light weight racing Monster Truck, the 2010 UK freestyle number 2 and 2011 racing number 2. And if you still want more, the crushing of cars will be finished of by Armorgeddon combination of half tank and half monster truck which is powered by two 1500 horse power drag racing engines that is a total power of 3000 horse power in this awesome machine. And finally back for the first time in 20 years ‘Rocket’ Ronnie Picardo will bringing his wheelie split screen camper ‘Blue Split’. A classic split screen camper doing wheelies this has got to be seen to believed, and a first for northerners. For regular updates of this event log on to www.yorkraceway.org.uk http://vikingvolks.co.uk/ or check out the official YorkRaceway facebook page

*Monster Trucks and more at Viking Volksfest*

Tue 4th September 2012

big Pete and the Grim Reaper Monster Trucks to appear at York Raceway.
York raceway are happy to confirm that Big Pete and Grim Reaper will be appearing at York raceways and Steve Williams Viking Volksfest on the 21-22-23 September. Big Pete is the daddy of all monster trucks its heavy and tough and is the worlds only 'Real Monster Truck' it will defy physics as it jumps in to the air and destroys all in its path. Grim Reaper the new breed of light weight racing Monster Truck, the 2010 UK freestyle number 2 and 2011 racing number 2. and just confirmed the awesome 3000 hp Armorgeddon which features two 1500 hp Drag racing engines in this half monster truck half tank creation. www.bigpete.org

One week to

Mon 20th August 2012

one week to go to the norths biggest racing event The Hot Rod Reunion, which will feature Hot rods and Custom Cars from all over Britain and some of the fastest cars the north has to offer

KC Tribute's Sunday 26th August

Wed 15th August 2012

Details of planned tribute to KC for next meeting.
Barbeque will be held in main pit area on Sunday 26th August which is open to any one who wants to celebrate the life of KC & it is FREE, Burgers / Sausages & Chicken provided or if you want to bring your own food to cook on the "custom made" barby you are more than welcome. We want to create a "club" atmosphere, so all camps welcome.

~NSRA~ Hot Rod Reunion.

Thu 9th August 2012

26th/27th August 2012, York Raceway, UK - The annual northern “gathering of geezers” takes place on August 26th and 27th at York Raceway, the home of drag racing in the north. The NSRA Hot Rod Reunion will be a weekend of unashamed nostalgia with a Show ‘n’ Shine area for hot rods and pre ’72 custom and classic American/British cars and bikes. The on-track action allows plenty of opportunity for pre ’72 RWYB sessions throughout the weekend, so make sure you have your driving licence and a helmet (some loan helmets may be available) if you’d like to run your car in the tyre tracks of your drag racing heroes. There will be championship drag racing on both Sunday and Monday with two complete championship rounds for the huge fields of American muscle cars of the American Super Stock (A/SS) championship. The dragsters, altereds, hot rods and doorslammers of York Raceway’s Sportsman ET and Pro ET championship bracket classes and the “heads-up” Super Cup cars will qualify on Saturday and race Sunday for round 6 of their championships as will the Air Cooled Eliminator series for those of a classic VW persuasion. The evening of Sunday 26th will feature the 36th Annual UK Street Racer Championship, where the competitors must run in full street trim and will be required to hot-lap back to the pairing lanes with no cool-down or tinkering time between elimination rounds in a bid to become the quickest truly “streetable” car. Also on Sunday a cruise into the historic city of York will give you a chance to see the sights before returning to the track for live entertainment, bench racing and revelling in the way it used to be in the bar. Throughout the weekend, Julian Web will be making exhibition runs and performing flame and thunder shows with the spectacular 10,000hp Split Second jet dragster. Chris Murty (on behalf of York Raceway) said “Nostalgia drag racing has grown to become a huge phenomenon right across the world and at York Raceway we are proud to always recognise the roots of our sport and by partnering with the NSRA to bring some of the coolest hot rods, customs, and race cars from the past and present together we honour our hot rod heritage in our unique annual August bank holiday motorsport event.” NSRA members who arive at the Hot Rod Reunion driving a rod or other pre ‘72 classic/custom will receive free admission. Admission to York Raceway for all others is £12.50 per day or £20 for the weekend with concessions for teens (13-16) being £7.50 per day or £10 for the weekend. Accompanied kids under 12 go free! A £30 per day sign-on fee applies for everyone wishing to RWYB (including NSRA members). A camping area is available for the weekend and will open at midday on Saturday 25th at a cost of £5 per adult. Teens and kids camp for free. The way it was is the way it is at the 2nd Annual NSRA Hot Rod Reunion over the August Bank Holiday weekend so head out to York Raceway and relive the glory days of hot rodding.

Viking Volksfest

Wed 1st August 2012

Viking Volks 21st – 23rd September 2012
York Raceway Seaton Ross York YO42 4SS Vikings racing at York “Viking Volks festival has been running successfully for 6 years now and this year will be lucky 7” Steve Williams Festival Organiser quotes. Since its inception back in 2006 Viking Volks has become the North East’s. premier event. “It was time to move on and develop the event further” says Steve. The original site had it’s problems especially in the wet, we were sited on a 7 degree hill whilst it had great views and a very rural setting it was difficult to ensure peoples safety and vehicle manoeuvrability. We really had out grown the site and often people would come to me and say, whilst the bands are always well picked and of a very high standard it would be nice to have some other entertainment during the afternoons. We also have many trade stalls, food outlets, children’s entertainment and a good bar. Racing was the obvious choice. For the last three years Daz Chandler of Air Cooled Performance had been pointing me towards York Raceway, a site crying out to be utilised for a full-blown VW event. After careful consideration meetings were held and we took the plunge. Steve’s background in the VW world stems way back to the early days of Bug Jam, “We used to travel down every year with a truck load of sound equipment and supply Brian PA for the Band & Dance Marquees. I own a 1971 Type 2 Bay window camper van which I never ever got to Santa Pod in those days. I looked around the North East and realised that there was a distinct lack of VW events. With a lot of help from Daz and Air Cooled Performance who still to this day sponsors the “Show and Shine” and the North East Club members within only three weeks we set up the first Viking Volks Fest 2006. From that weekend we have grown and gained a good reputation for a quality family friendly event. There are so many VW events and some have grown to really big events along with high-ticket prices. In conjunction with Steve and Chris Murty of Pennine Raceways Ltd we are hoping to attract a larger crowd as we now have the space and a well-cut flat field. We have amalgamated two events Viking Volks and the Northern Drag Racing Championship Finals. I suppose we have the potential of becoming a Northern version of Santa Pod’s major VW events. Tickets are available www.vikingvolks.co.uk £35 Adult weekend - £20 13 –16 years Children under 12 years go free. Please note day tickets are also available.


Sat 7th July 2012

As part of their on-going commitment to whole of the UK drag racing scene York Raceway would like to invite old friends and those MSA licensed SPRC or APIRA members who haven’t raced at the home of drag racing in the north before to take advantage of a very special offer. The British summer has been particularly hard on racers this year with many events going unfinished and with the economy still struggling track time is at a premium for everyone, so the Yorkshire venue is offering a great deal to give new racers to York Raceway or those who haven’t raced at the track in the last 10 years a recession busting weekend’s racing with free admission to the track and free camping for racers and crew. The only thing to pay is the £40 for one day or £60 for a weekend race entry fee. Of course the value for money doesn’t end there as racers can enter multiple classes at York for just one entry fee, and with no curfew in place at the track you get the cheapest weekend’s racing and twice as much of it! This is a one-time only offer, but may be redeemed at any one of the PDRC championship rounds on 8th July, 5th August, 26-27th August or 23rd September. If you would like to take advantage of the offer please contact Chris Murty by email at info@yorkraceway.org.uk for further details.

Web Site Up Date

Wed 8th February 2012

the web site will be amended in the last week of Febuary. Updates will include 2012 dates and new RWYB Class.


Fri 6th May 2011

the results link is now working, participants from easter and may bank holiday can see all there timing slips on the online data base. if the link appears not to be working still try Ctrl F5.

Mail Shot

Mon 11th April 2011

The mail shot has been sent today, which includes the 2011 flier, x2 date cards one for you and one for a friend who might be interested and the new updated classes. If you don’t receive anything and would like to be included on the mail shot then please Email info@yorkraceway.org.uk with your name and address and we will sort it out for you

Work parties

Tue 22nd March 2011

March 27 and April the 17 are our annual work parties open to any one who would like to give us a helping hand in getting ready for the season. Jobs include weeding, painting, repairing and filling potholes. There will be plenty like minded people and its always a laugh with great camaraderie as people meet for the first time in 6 months and have lots to catch up on. Extra paint rollers, shovels and brushes always welcome.


Tue 8th February 2011

Despite common belief York Raceway is a public place & NOT private land. This means that the laws of the road apply, even on the drag strip, although our permit from the IOPD exempts us from several laws. The permit allows participants break the speed limit in a car that not taxed, tested, and without insurance. However these exemptions do not cover driving under the influence of alcohol, which is why York Raceway has bought a breathalyser. This machine is set to UK guidelines and we will be performing random tests throughout the day, should anyone fail they will be banned from driving any where on the site. A participant will be allowed to take 2nd test later on the day.
(Don’t think you can cheat the breathalyser by using products such as mouthwash, as mouthwash contains alcohol & all the myths have been tried before.)

VP Racing Fuel

Tue 8th February 2011

VP Racing Fuel is now available at the lowest prices for years. Track Stuff is run by racing enthusiasts for the benefit of racers not profit. For the 2011 season Track Stuff have managed to reduce the price of race fuel dramatically. Take a look at their web site and see how much your favourite VP Race Fuel costs now. We think you will be shocked! www.trackstuff.co.uk

Easter Burnout Competition

Sun 28th November 2010

Don’t throw your old tyres away just yet, because York Raceway is going to hold its first ever, rolling burnout competition on Easter bank holiday. Participants will be encouraged to drag their burnouts across the startline or to keep it in for as long as possible and maybe even do figure of 8 in the centre of the track. There is no restriction to the type of vehicle. And no restriction to the use of props like flares and no pressure to burst the tyre, the perfect opportunity to send off an old pair of tyres or to bed in a new set. This competition is not about sitting stationary and see who can burst their tyres first this is about style, panache and more importantly skill.

YorkRaceways Easter rolling burnout competition rules

Sun 28th November 2010

1.There will be three rounds participants are not required to enter all 3 rounds but it is encouraged.
2. All burnout participants must sign on. 3. Any burnout done outside of the three rounds will not be counted 4. There will be no timed runs during burnout qualifying cars can return to the pits via the fire up road, cars returning back to the pits via the fire up road must travel at 5mph maximum 5. Vehicles must not do static burnouts on the track, vehicles must keep forward momentum at all times. 6. There is no restriction on the burnout you chose to do, rolling burnouts and drifting encouraged 7. Props are allowed i.e. flares. Flaming burnouts are not allowed. 8. 1 team crew per vehicle only, and must remain in the permitted area (the area between burn out pads) during the burnout. 9. Each burnout will be done one at a time. 10. There is no restriction on the type of vehicle you can use 11. Bursting your tyres is not mandatory 12. Points will be awarded on smoke, style, and the distance of the burn out, Control, duration and entertainment of the burnout 13. All cars and drivers must comply with PDRC rules or IOPD RWYB rules as a minimum, 14, all participants must not start until they get the signal from Des Brown (chief starter) or whom ever be in that position. No other marshal can give the signal to start other than the Chief Starter. 15, All burnouts must NOT be caried out on the shell gripped surfaced launch pad 16, vehicles with high centre of gravity and vehicles fitted with wrinkle wall tyres are limited to straight-line burnouts only. 17, Event marshals reserve the right to remove competitors from qualifying rounds for breach the above rules. 18, Race director, event organiser (venue manager) and chief starter (clerk of the course) all reserve the right to disqualify or ban a competitor for ANY reason.

Lost a gold Chain

Tue 12th October 2010

On the 10 October a participant has lost a gold chain, the chain is not worth much money, but has a large sentimental value. There will be a cash reward for the return of the lost item.
Please contact info@yorkraceway.org.uk

Mobile Phones Updates

Tue 7th September 2010

York raceway is happy to announce that live almost minute by minuet updated qualifying lists will be available on the internet which could be accessed by most smart phones. If you are running in either our RWYB Classes and Drag racing classes and you would like to know how you are doing against the others in your class just log on to www.yorkdragway.org/updates of see the results section of this website, with any smart phone for regular updated qualifying lists.

Melbourne Airfield 1940 to 2010

Mon 6th September 2010

Its just 70 years since Ross Moore and the surounding farmland was requisitioned to create an emergency airfield for a Squadron of twin engine Whitley Aircraft. In 1940 there were no permanent buildings, just tented quarters for all the air crew and maintenance staff.
The hard winter of 1942 saw the end to the grass runway as aircraft got stuck solid in the muddy airfield and dispersal areas. The decision was taken to close the airfield, clear it and create a substantial permanent airfield with 3 concrete runways, hangers, control tower and air crew quarters. Melbourne Airfield as we know it today was opened at the end of August 1942 sixty eight years ago this weekend when a squadron of Halifax Bombers arived to make it the new home for 10 Squadron. The main runway, at 5500 feet, was longer than most other Yorkshire Airfields allowing damaged aircrafts to have a better chance of landing safely without brakes, and other mechanical problems. Over the following 18 months it was realised that Melbourne was the last area to be affected by adverse weather out of the 30 other airfields. The radio massage would go out to the returning bombers “head for Melbourne, it’s the only airfield open.” But even Melbourne could be blanketed off in thick fog. When two Melbourne Halifax Aircraft were lost trying to land in a thick fog the drastic dission was made to try an untested new idea called FIDO. (Fog Investigation Dispersal Operations). Something the other Yorkshire Airfields could not provide FIDO entailed installing 24 huge pumps capable of supplying 100,000 gallons of fuel to specially built trenches along both sides of the main runway. In heavy fog this would be set alight. The resulting funnel of flames could be seen for 50 miles from the air, providing a safe haven for up to 200-trapped aircraft and 1500 aircrew. FIDO was of course top secrete. The first time it was lit, 30 fire appliances arived from all surounding fire stations believing there was a major incident at the Airfield. Of course this resulted in great embarassment and from then on the Airfield had to contact all the local fire departments when thy intended to light FIDO. Halifax Aircrafts that left Melbourne came under incredible ground fire as they bombed the battleship Terptitiz, the Fiat factory in Turin, Frankfurt, Submarines at Heligoland, and Berlin. Towards the end of the war they attacked the Doodlebug and Flying Bomb launch sites all of which where heavily protected by fighter cover and AKAK. 120 aircraft and around 1,000 aircrew never returned from Melbourne. Some nights as many as 3 or 4 aircraft and 21 men were lost. Relatives had to be written too, bunks and lockers had to be cleared out, and belongings parcelled up. However within days new crews and aircraft would have filled the empty spaces The average number of operations an aircrew survived was just 12. Any Crew that survived 30 missions were stood down and transfered to training duties. Some however reapplied for active duties and continued until lost, invalided out, or the war ended. The landing light monument is taken from the point of the runway where those aircraft wheels left these green and pleasant lands for the final time or touched down upon surviving a flight to Hell and back. One specific example of the type of aircraft that flew at Melbourne is the Halifax No 323, Charlie’s Aunt, arived at Melbourne on 6th March 1943 having completed 10 operations at Linton upon Ouse. It went on to complete some 55 operations at Melbourne before crash landing on the 2nd January 1945 at Riccal. Some 3-4 different crews completed their term in Charlie’s Aunt. One of which transfered to another aircraft whilst Charlie’s Aunt was being repaired and was shot down and never returned. All who flew in Charlie’s Aunt were very lucky Melbourne airfield also had a very famous aircrew member. So famous that the BBC made a documentary about him. This aircrew member was a dog, a cross between a wirehaired terier and another dog. The dog adopted one particular pilot. The crew became so amused by the dog, that they made a little flying suit with jacket, helmet and goggles. Of course the next thing was to smuggle the dog on operations, which it is claimed was to be around 18 missions. But if the mission was to be a particularly bad one, he was left behind. However the dog would instantly recognise his aircraft out of the 20-24 or more, as it returned and circled over ahead waiting to land. The dog would sit and wait on the aircrafts dispersal then run and jump into the Pilots arms and lick his face the moment he climbed down. One night on a particular difficult mission the dog was left behind. As the aircraft returned, it lay lifeless until all aircraft were down. But its aircraft did not return. When all the commotion stopped the dog got up, and just walked off into the night The ground crew searched high and low for weeks but the dog was never seen again. The pits areas, campsites and drag strip are spirit free and have been for 60 years. However the areas around the old hanger, explosive stores and the woods toward Seaton Ross is another matter, and you don’t want to go there on a foggy night! Remember the Aircrews. Respect their sacrifice and enjoy their legacy Steve Murty.

VP Track Glue Supports York

Mon 6th September 2010

on the August 7/8th, lee Childs from LA Racing Parts, European VP Racing Fuels Dealer who has organised the sponsorship of 400 litres of VPs latest track glue Lane Choice 7, lee had travelled up from the West Country to assist the PDRC Marshals on the latest techniques and products from the States. The PDRC marshals are now spraying the full ¼ mile at York to a thickness that best suits 8-12 second cars that run at York.
The results of this careful application of the appropriate glue is that Northern Drag Racers can obtain their optimum ¼ mile times without the need for long trips to other tracks. And with many personal bests being run on that weekend. The product speaks for it self.

Street Racer

Thu 17th June 2010

Is now open to RWYB participants all you need is a competition license available from Signing-on

33 Annual Stree Racer Saturday 3rd July

Mon 7th June 2010

This is the hardest championship known to the street legal race cars. Not only are their wits up against it but so are car designs and set ups too.
Held after a long day’s qualifying; the Street Racer Championship has 1 round of qualifying. The only rest these cars are going to have is whilst the ladder and pairing up is taking place. Once every thing is ready the cars race. Its heads up! Once a car wins its straight round and into the fire up lane ready to immediately go up against the next car in the next race. No cool down time. The engines don’t even get turned off. This continues until there is only one car left and they are crowned the winner. This is pushing the cars to the limit with the drivers having to use their best drag racing brains to ensure their car reaches the final without over heating or breaking which regularly happens.

2nd Annual Ladies Race 3rd July

Mon 7th June 2010

Putting on a Ladies only race is in no way intended to put regular female racers in their own class, but much more to encourage and give a little feel of competitive racing to the long and suffering girlfriends, wife’s even daughters who have been dragged to the Dragstrip over the years. To have a go in their husbands, boyfriends, dads race cars or even their daily driver in this once a year race class.
To ensure it can be as safe a possible the race will be a bracket system and three round qualifying which will also be observed by-runs, then they will be paired up against each other in the knock out stages. This event saw many wags compete has since brought more ladies in to regular competition. Then on Sunday we have American Super Stock Round 4, Northern Drag Racing Round 3, HRSC Challenge Round 3, Air-Cooled Round 4, Sunday Street Wars. And the Drag Bike Reunion an open invitation for any body with a motorbike who would like to return to YorkRaceway for this annual meeting with 50% off admission and RWYB to any body who brings a motorbike

Race Number Stickers now Available

Wed 26th May 2010

YorkRaceway is going to have a stock of race number stickers available for people to put their numbers on the side of there car. This will mean for our regular participants you will no longer have to wory about shoe whitener going on the side, and ruining the look of your pride and joy. The stickers have been designed to be subtle yet clearly visible to the time keeper and marshals. The stickers will go on sale on Sunday 30th May the package is £5 this includes number, your class letter and the words YorkRaceway, these to go on the rear right hand side window or in a clearly visible place some where on the right hand side of the vehicle, and a second single letter to go on the top right hand corner of the front windscreen.

RWYB 2011 Rule Changes

Thu 13th May 2010

Regular RWYB will know about our tried and tested class format (see RWYB page) it has been running for about 10 years now there is talk on the 2NZ page on the YorkRaceway forum of re-structuring the class system to separate forced induction and normally aspirated cars in to there own class for more information and to make a vote please go to (copy and paste in to addres bar) http://www.york-raceway.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2440.

PDRC Sportsman ET Championship 2010 1st Round Report.

Wed 5th May 2010

After a long & cold winter the new Season got off to a good but cold start with 14 cars signed on to do battle at York Raceway.
With some sharp showers disrupting qualifing it was tough for the racers to predict an accurate dial-in but when the final numbers were in the Chevy Nova of Claire Johnson sat on pole with an excellent 14.2030 on her 14.20 dial-in. ROUND 1 Newcomer Phil Davison racing his Daily driver MX5 faced The twin turbo BBF powered Mk II Consul of Jamie Hughes, With Phil running off his dial-in to go home early! Next up was Dave Billadeau in his Great looking '65 Plymouth Fury 'street car' complete with cross ram 426 Hemi! over in the other lane was George Chiles Dodge Challenger hemi powered Modern Muscle car, Both cars running right on there dial-ins with the win going to George courtesy of a better R/T. Ian O'Connor in his great looking Gran Torino faced Howard Holmes' Hemi powered Muscle Wagon, Ian taking the stripe first but handing the win to Howard due to breaking out. Al Platt faced the VW of Craig Pery next, The win going to The VW. After Al’s Camaro broke out by .0021 Ouch! An all VW race next with Stuart Hodgson facing Craig Allen, the win with a 12.631 on his 12.6 dial-in. Going to Craig Allen. The VW of Adam Proctor Faced No.1 Qualifier Claire Johnsons Chevy Nova next up, Claires ever improving times meant there was some guess work in here Dial-ins but she came up trumps with a near perfect 13.36 on her 13.35 prediction, Only to lose on her bad reaction time. Final 1st round pairing had the great looking Roush Mustang of Nigel Preston Facing the Classic Muscle '68 Charger of Gene Billadeau, The win going to the Mustang after Gene left early. ROUND 2 Craig Allen faced Jamie Hughes’ Consul first up with the VW taking the win with a stellar .511 R/T along with a 12.7 on his 12.6 dial-in proving just too tough to beat. Nigel Prestons late model Roush Mustang face Howard Holmes' Muscle wagon next up, With both cars cutting lightening quick R/T's (.537 to Nigel, .525 for Howard) The win going to Howard who ran almost dead on his dial-in (13.75 on a 13.70) The VW ofCraig Pery met George Chiles's quick Challenger next up. Another pair of stunning R/T's (.586 to Georges .521!) With George in hot persuit forcing the VW to break out & hand the win to the Mopar. Adam Proctor had a bye into the next round. ROUND 3 Semi Final In the 1st Semi the VW of Craig Allen was the Next to face the Hemi Mopar of George Chiles, Another killer light & an almost dead-on run from George proving unbeatable. In the other pairing of the semi finals it was another Classic VW of Adam Proctor facing the Modern Mopar Muscle Wagon of Howard Holmes, the win going this time to the VW when Howard lit the big red bulb ending his day. So the scene was set for a great final, Classic VW against Modern Detroit Muslce car. Both Racers had been cutting great lights all day so it promised to be a great match-up. George left first with another good light (.594) Unfortunatly the VW left early & to add insult to injury broke as it left the startline, Quick thinking from Adam Proctor got the car off the racing line ASAP to avoid any leakage onto the startline. So there you have it, The 1st round of Sportsman ET With a great turn out & some good, close racing it looks like we are in for a another great season! Congratulations to George Chiles on his early lead of the Championship, Roll on the next round!


Mon 26th April 2010

This is a very sensitive area as the grass in the fields in and around York Raceway is farmed. It Gets possessed by 1 of only a few grass dryers, dried and ultimately is turned in to race feed for horses. This is the main source of income for the farmer and the money generated by drag racing is insignificant compared to that, it is only the farmer’s good nature that we are allowed to use the facility. And because people have thrown bottles and cans this has not only slowed production down but some litter has even managed to make its way to the finished product and putting the farmers company’s reputation at risk. This is a serous situation if by the next meeting things haven’t massively improved Camping will be cancelled to non club members and license holders.

Jap Vs Rules

Mon 26th April 2010

Subaru Impreza, Mitsubishi Evo, Toyota Celica GT4 Nissan Pulsar/Sunny GTiR and Toyota MR2 Turbo
1, All cars must use an original block that is available option for the car. 2, All cars must use original drive train system. 3, Any car that runs .5 faster than their best qualifying time will be not counted and the point will go to the opposing team. 4, There will be three qualifiers after which the cars will be put in order fastest to slowest. 5, All groups of cars will have an average score this will allow a leader board. 6, In the event that an odd number of teams is involved the group with the worst average will not go in to a vs battle. 7, The reaming teams will be put up against each other depending on their average. The best average team will be put up against the worst, and then the second best average team will go up against the second worst ect. 8, The winning group of both will then go against each other in a final. The losing groups will go up against each other to establish 3 and 4 ranking. 9, In each round there will be a bonus run to the group who fields the most cars. The participant who has the bonus run will have to run within .5 either way of their best qualifier failure to do so would move the point to the opposing team. 10, If they are remaining cars who do not have a competitor or are doing the bonus run, will be ran as a RWYB 11, If a team fields 4 cars or less they will be disqualified

Easter Meeting Report

Fri 9th April 2010

It was the first race meeting of the season and it ran virtually without interuption. FWD and 4WD getting the chance to run in the damp, then once it had dried the RWD had time allocated to catch up on runs. The 2010 debut of Dave Mccallan’s model A now sporting a blown Chevy big block doing some shake down runs and some rolling burnout. And the shake down runs from 2009 pro et winner Pel Norman in the Shogun Capri providing excellent entertainment and a brief glimpse of what is to come. But the main event was Mini vs Beetles. The minis are two time reigning champions were they going to do it again for the third year in a row. With 14 pairs lined up, and one of the biggest fields recent years. It had gotten to the 8th pair and it was 6-1 to the beetles then rain stopped play after the interlude even with a small fight back from the minis the second half was 4-3 to the beetles leaving the total score 10-4 to the beetles.

Annual Rain Fall

Tue 23rd March 2010

Don’t forget that York Raceway has the same annual rain fall as Brighton, not only that but with our shell grip startline we have the ability to run in damp conditions. If you are unsure about the weather please check on here for news updates or ring 01422 843651

2nd-3rd Post Work Party Report

Tue 23rd March 2010

York’s first event is this weekend for more information check the what’s on section. After the 3 work party’s the place is looking ready for the season with 4 ton of tarmac in pot holes on the track, return road, road in to the pits and the main pits filled with hardcore. some buildings have been re painted. Armco painted and looking very good. The start line has been repainted with two coats of paints, some work has gone in to the control tower to improve its appearance. And two water tanks have been fitted to improve water pressure to the toilet blocks. Again massive thanks to all the people who put the time in on the work party’s and big thanks to the people who have donated materials.

Post Work Party Report

Mon 15th March 2010

We had the first of 3 work parties last Sunday, many thanks to those people who turned up. There was much earth moved and bariers painted, a chain fitted on one of the old sweepers and some one swept up the remaining dust with the little sweeper setting us up perfectly for the next work party on the sat 27 and sun 28 of march where we will do tarmac, painting and many more things to get ready. Please if you are not doing any thing please come and lend us a hand and we promise it will be a laugh.

Sunday Street Wars

Mon 1st March 2010

YorkRaceway is happy to host Sunday Street Wars on three of our dates 4th April, 4th July and 19th September. Sunday Street Wars a brand new national drag racing series created by Lee Child (not of Super Stock fame), which so far holds rounds at Santa Pod and now YorkRaceway for more info visit www.streetnights.co.uk.

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