2018 Dragstalgia saw the first appearance of the ‘Havoc’ AA/Fuel Altered on UK soil since leaving for the successful 2017 US tour. The reception from the home crowd was quite extraordinary and commented upon by a number of Santa Pod officials as quite unlike anything that they have ever experienced,
The car was entered into the Cannonball Shootout where 10 nostalgia cars, comprising altereds, funny cars and a sole slingshot dragster were to each run 3 qualifying passes, the times being aggregated and the two cars with the lowest aggregate et’s run off for the final on Sunday afternoon. A test pass from Havoc on the Friday test day proved to be less than successful as the car made a hard move right about 300′ out…..
Q1 and we were matched against the newly-imported Chi Town Hustler, driven by previous owner Troy Martin. Troy had issues with the fuel system and idled down the track after the burnout leaving Havoc to make a solo pass. 6.22 at 225mph put us into #1 spot. A position we would not relinquish…..
Q2 on Saturday afternoon paired us with the winner of the last 3 Dragstalgia Cannonballs – Rockin Ramon and his Wild’r at Heart alcohol funny car. Ramon has a very consistent 6.30 car with a Lencodrive and converter and is not to be taken lightly. Havoc runs 6.23 @ 233 to consolidate the #1 spot
Q3 on Sunday morning saw us paired again with Troy and the Chi Town car. Woes continued for the funny car as he was shut down with a fluid leak. Havoc ran 6.21 at a huge 238.91mph – a new PB speed.
So, the final was set for a re-match between us and Ramon. We had lane choice and should have the funny car covered assuming the RT from the transbrake car wasn’t too quick. Both cars left pretty much together, Havoc taking the win with a 6.21 versus Ramon’s 6.41.
Not only did we win the Cannonball, we were also given a trophy for the fastest ET of the meeting and a special award for ‘Moment of the Meeting’ – awarded for the standing ovation the car received from the crowd on its return from the US and victory at the California Hot Rod Reunion.
So, having had the success in the US and now back in the UK with little to race, what can we do for an encore? Not much with this car for the moment is the answer. So the car will get mothballed for a little while whilst we go pro mod racing. I would like to thank each of you for all your support over the last year or so. We couldn’t have done it without you and I hope that I have represented your products well during that time.