Club News Archive 2016

ACU meeting

The 2016 Drag Sprint and Hill climb Sub-committee meeting will be held on Wednesday 28th  September 2016, commencing at 14.00 hrs. If you have any items that you would like to include on the meeting agenda details need should to be emailed to me as quickly as possible.

What’s on when there isn’t a race meeting.


After May Bank Holiday the usual round at the end of the month was cancelled due to a clash with Santa Pod and their ‘Main Event’ which featured celebrations of their fiftieth anniversary year of racing at the venue. However off track racers find plenty of other things to occupy the warmer and drier? days of summer.

Our chairman, Cary Wadey, was busy modifying his Suzuki V-twin in an effort to keep  the front wheel somewhere near the tarmac.

With the help of Mike Nelthorpe a set of wheelie bars have been constructed and the rusty rear damper has been replaced with a strut to lock the suspension and save more weight.



Cary also found time to support Sandy Porter in a street display in Leamington Spa. Sandy is raising awareness of a rare bone marrow cancer which sadly she suffers from and has been a keen supporter of NAST for many years so it was an opportunity to show our appreciation. The event was a success on one of the hottest days of the year.







Meanwhile Robbie Dobbie was flying the flag with an invite from Dave Massan (usually found hiding in the tower at SCR) to support the  NSA at the MCN Festival of Motorcycling at Peterborough Showground. We were stationed in a very large barn which due to the weather so far this year was a bonus but the sun shone all weekend. Also in the barn was a very nice collection of classic racers from 7Rs to Honda 4s, most of which were immaculate. We were all there to do several demonstration sessions on a small rectangular (and not an oval with corners) track that made turning quite interesting. The object was to make lots of smoke, noise and quick runs to the first corner where frantic braking and judicial cornering allowed us to repeat the procedure on the return straight! Great fun but the track surface destroyed tyres (luckily there was an autojumble where some riders replaced the worn rubber for the Sunday session) – click here for the video

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Mid Summer Madness – Motty back in the 8s but not on a twin!


After a week of wall to wall sunshine and a heatwave the morning in Stratford began cloudy but this was soon replaced with blue skies and more very high temperatures to be endured by our leather wearing racers, a very welcome change to the two previous rounds at SCR. The pits were very busy with the NSA and Kawasaki triple club but numbers were down in 9.50 and 8.50 ‘bike but ETB/NAST was well supported and Gas had 3 competitors.

Four qualifying runs were allotted and by the end of the day, 5pm close, most had completed this number despite the high volume of traffic on the strip thanks to slick running by the Shakey crew and fortunately no oil-downs or incidents. Chris Mott however was only seen on the track twice on the Suzuki after his first meeting on the new ‘bike which was running low 10s at Santa Pod (still a NAST member but now running a 4 cylinder machine in ETB). Having taken the long way round, first moving to the left – re-aligning the rear wheel which made the run go to the right, a lot of head-scratching followed. Alfie Udell, however was going from strength to strength after his recent Santa Pod 2nd place in their championship and now leading the NAST championship could he make a similar impact on the SCR championship? Cary Wadey was also having PBs after fitting a slick to complement the wheelie bars fitted for the previous meeting.


Sunday dawned and gone were the blue skies and warm temperatures to be replaced by talk of showers by early afternoon. Was this to be yet another incomplete finals day? Luckily, despite a few very light showers spoiling the continuity, SCR provided us with a good day’s racing and all finals run to provide a good position to move onto the next round at the end of August. Chris had been busy repositioning a battery and removing another? to improve weight distribution and in the first round of ETB ran arrow straight up the strip to record 8.97s on the Hyabusa which, with a one second breakout, meant he lost but resulted in a grin from ear to ear. Also losing in the first round were Mike Nelthorpe on the Aprilia, Tim Boutle on the CX Streamliner and Duncan Barron on Fiona’s Yamaha TRX850 redlit! Round 2 saw Peter Harrison’s chances disappear as his electrical problems continued with a dead starter motor and Fiona Moor, riding the Buell, redlit but Dave ‘the hat’ Smart kept the NAST flag flying only to lose to ex Twin racer Joe Elliott in the semi-final (despite having a broken gear selector pin swimming around the sump). Congratulations to Joe who went on to win against a similar BMW ridden by Wayne Bradley who redlit.

In Gas first round saw Alfie on a bye coast through the lights with an electrical problem and Robbie Dobbie come from behind to beat Cary by 0.1s. After pulling the wiring apart and replacing the battery Alfie left nothing to chance and with another PB of 9.3s was a deserving winner against Robbie who ran a 10.1s in the other lane.

Next round APIRA Open Sport Nationals 27-29th August (click on link for entry form).

Things to do between race events.



Cary plans to have a NAST stall at the Storrington Classic vehicle show on Sunday 31st July if anyone wants to join him or pop along themselves!
Bikerlott was a great event for raising the Twins profile so if you hear of anything up your own way, do consider taking the merchandise along and your own bike and spreading the clubs word!














Another event well worth a visit if only to see Mike Nelthorpe and his collection of 2-stroke drag bikes is Strumpshaw Wheels.






Entry forms here

Race Report;

Saturday began with 2 entries in Gas and 15 entries in ETB/NAST but Cary Wadey elected to drop out of competition and entered in RWYB for the day thus moving Robbie Dobbie into ETB/NAST.

Qualifying was relatively uneventful with the possibility of 4 sessions which in the event was reduced to 3 as we ran out of track time before the curfew. Duncan Barron was riding Fiona Moor’s Yamaha as the Moor family were not in attendance and Peter Harrison had repaired the usually reliable Ducati after it’s electrical gremlins at the previous meeting. First qualifier saw Robbie run a 10.09 on a 10.1 dial-in which for an inexperienced ET rider may have worried the opposition but it was all downhill after that. Mike Nelthorpe got it together to be number one qualifier where he remained for the rest of the weekend due to the rain on Sunday which forced the meeting to be abandoned at midday.

Next round 4 at Santa Pod- Summer Nationals 25/26th June

Unusually for this season on race day the weather allowed the eliminations to be completed! In ETB/NAST Pete Harrison got through the first round only to lose in round 2 by 0.07secs. Mike Nelthorpe lost to Dave Smart in round 1 but pleased with his 12sec runs. Dave found himself in the final against an improving Gary Hester who unfortunately red-lit and handed the win to Dave who now leads ETB at SP and NAST ET championships.

In Gas Les Harris beat Ivana van den Berg with an unusual 10 sec run. Scott Collier had a bye resulting in a broken chain causing other damage creating some work for round 2. Alfie Udall went through when Markus Mueller didn’t show. Round 2 saw Scott beat Les and Alfie had the bye. In a very close final with Scott and Alfie both running 9.6sec at 130+ the win went to Scott Collier.

9th annual MSA/ACU APIRA Springspeed Nationals 30th April/2nd May


Last day of April and an early start is met with ice on the van windscreen at 6 am. Despite it being a Bank holiday the motorways were very quiet (sensible people stayed in their warm beds probably). A leisurely drive to the friendly strip, arriving about 7.30 to a quiet but sunny Shakespeare County Raceway, for the second round of the NAST championship. Imagine my surprise when I parked next to Cary’s van to be greeted by the man himself in all his sartorial elegance – dressing gown and slippers – with the offer of a warm drink and the news that he would be racing in Gas!

After the serious stuff of scrutineering, signing-on and breakfast it was almost time to IMG_4150change into cold leathers and make our way to the pairing lanes for the first qualifying session. Good to see Mike & Sylvia Nelthorpe with the Aprilia and news of the Polaris project with Terry Green and Diana Broe having arrived to give us moral support and more information on the progress of his new Harley which is nearing completion.

Following ETB, which now had 12 competitors in this the first round of ETB at SCR (too many acronyms), the Gas class waited next to the track for the first of 3 scheduled sessions. Unfortunately in Comp bike a huge wheelie by Tanya Hardy, which she almost controlled riding like a jockey standing on the ‘pegs, came down so violently that she was thrown onto the Armco with the ‘bike rolling for some distance. This was not a pleasant site and resulted in a badly broken wrist and bruising, we wish her a speedy recovery. The result of this accident was quite a lot of oil on the track which, to make matters worse, was synthetic and was going to take some time to clear-up. We waited patiently but a few spots of rain persuaded us to return to the pits and wait for a call. After a long push back by Pete Harrison with the usually reliable Ducati, now wearing a very nice exhaust system to improve ground clearance, we had something to occupy us in the down time. His initial diagnosis was the regulator had cooked itself but with all the experts in the camp offering their services we pulled all the wiring apart and discovered that – the regulator had cooked itself.

By now the track was ready for action but before we could don our helmets it began to sleet which turned to snow and then appropriately driving rain. This was the end of qualifying for the day but as always it was followed by warm sunshine (and more showers).


After another very cold night we awoke to find the previous night’s rain had frozen in little balls on the ‘bike cover – brrrr. However it was sunny and the prospect of 3 qualifying runs with an early start prompted a quick breakfast and the donning of very cold leathers. Yvonne and Chris Mott had arrived to spectate with the promise of the new ‘bike at the June meeting. Ex Supertwinner Joe Elliott was showing ETB/NAST how to do it by qualifying number 1, + 0.007 off his dial-in. Robbie in Gas had the first spot as well with a 10.1 at 137mph with Cary in 2nd place and Alfie beginning to show the potential of his new Harley ride.

Some light rain and an oil-down in the left lane, forcing single runs, slowed things down after midday. This allowed only 2 qualifying sessions so we had to be content with Mike Nelthorpe second to Joe in ETB/NAST and Alfie almost upsetting things in Gas but with the Harley refusing to change gear he remained in 3rd place.


A warmer night and another sunny start promised a full and exciting day of racing. After breakfasting on birthday cake, thanks to Sylvia, in celebration of Mike’s 67th birthday it was time to get serious. In the first elimination round of ETB/NAST Siobhan and Fiona Moor were winners but unfortunately Mike Nelthorpe broke-out but he was not disappointed as he was back in the 12s. Second round of ETB/NAST saw Fiona victorious with Alfie having more gearbox trouble, but a 1.5 sec 60ft on his 3rd ride, allowed Cary through to face Robbie in the final. However by about 1 o’clock it began to rain and with an ever emptying pit the event was cancelled at 3.00. The weather being the only winner yet again.

Spring Madness at SCR

Three intrepid SuperTwins made the trip to SCR for a pre-Springspeed Nationals test and tune. Dave, the Hat, Cary and Robbie arrived on Friday expecting a good weekend after the previous weeks of warm dry weather. Imagine our surprise when after setting up camp the temperature dropped and the rain soon followed. After a swift (very cold) beer in an empty and cool Kenny’s Bar it was off for an early night. For Dave and Jo a warm and snug evening in their caravan. For Cary and Robbie a very chilly and disruptive night in the back of their vans. After being woken by very heavy rain at 4ish all went quiet about 6am so a few extra hours of shuteye as the track would not be ready at 10am. Unfortunately the rain had not finished at 6am it had been replaced by heavy SNOW!

Time for a leisurely breakfast while Cary tried to defrost his feet. As the Shakey crew were busy drying the track Dave amused himself by trying to fix his generator and Cary attempted to bring his body temperature back to normality in his van with the engine running. Eventually the strip was available for use by vehicles with treaded tyres and Cary disappeared for the first of 6 or so runs that day. Dave, having given up playing with his generator, got out the computer in order to set up his new Megasquirt on the supercharged SV which was being used as a test-bed for his Hyabusa (and a challenge for his computer skills). Robbie had to sit it out as he was wearing slicks all round. Soon, however, the track glue came out together with a call for all vehicles and Robbie completed 2 runs before more rain at about 4pm put an end to the day (as always warm sunshine followed the decision). Unfortunately Dave missed any chance of track time as he had forgotten the power cable for the computer and had not set up the box of electronics fully before the computer died! More cold weather and showers forced another visit to Kenny’s Bar which was much busier and warmer than the previous night.

Early in the morning Cary attempted, yet again, to escape hypothermia by wrapping himself in blankets while sleeping in the van cab with the engine running but at least there was no rain or snow. We awoke (luckily, as it was even colder) to a gloriously sunny morning with the promise of a 9.30 start. Cary and Robbie completed about 6 more runs while Dave almost called it a day because the SV refused to start. Eventually it fired and a couple of runs provided feedback for Springspeed.


The Good news and the Bad news

The Bad News

First round of the NAST championship and the new ETB ‘bike consisted of 2 qualifying runs for most on Friday of The Festival of Power at Santa Pod. Due to a high-speed tumble by Nick Milburn on his fuel ‘bike on Saturday in the windy conditions it was decided to cancel all further runs on 2 wheels and Sunday brought more wind, showers and oil-downs with a torrential downpour at 4 resulting in the eliminations being curtailed. Santa Pod crew worked hard to keep the show on the road but the weather finally won.

Points awarded for qualifying and dial-in will be published soon.

The Good News 1

ETB took off in a big way with 17 qualifiers on Friday and it would have been 18 as Motty appeared on Saturday with what should have been his last run on the championship winning Harley but the weather denied him that pleasure.

Good News 2

Shakespeare County Raceway has a reprieve, as expected by all us optimists, and will run a full calendar of events in 2017 and very likely for at least a further 2 years after that. So in the words of Joni Mitchell “you don’t know what you got (Till It’s Gone)” get your entries in and support the track.

Anyone wishing to compete at SCR with the NSA in 2 weeks time (guaranteed 6 runs each day!) can contact Jayne Glover for membership and entry forms here

Bike For Sale

Championship Winning Harley Dragbike For Sale

BA6E3821Won the 2015 NAST, Santa Pod and SCR Top Gas Championships.
Harley-Davidson Screamin Eagle 120R (120 ci) engine fitted with 120 RX race kit which includes up rated heads,pistons,cams throttle body and injectors.
Vance and Hines pipe. Bandit lock up clutch. Engine new when bike built in 2014.
Comes with Screamin Eagle Super Tuner / data logger.
Dave Branch Engineering Chrome moly frame and wheelie bars, 7” slick tyre.
Carbon Fibre bodywork.
Comes complete with plug in starter and starter cart including batteries.
Best E/T 9.25 , 142 mph , 1.27 60 ft.
Priced to sell at £8,750.00 ono
Bike can be seen at Santa Pod (Festival of Power) this Sat/Sun. (Not Fri).
Ring or email me for pics or more info.
07905 376823