NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Shakespeare County
by Joe Bond and Melanie Butler; Nuthin Fancy Racing
The 21st Annual NSRA Nostalgia Nationals was a scorcher from start to finish. Wall to wall sunshine and mid 20 degree C (70+ Fahrenheit to our American readers!) meant we had some great racing weather, which is a bit of a novelty to UK drag racers as recent years the racing season has been plagued with numerous rainouts.
We were one of nearly 20 Supercharged Outlaws entered for this event, as the class had many international competitors too, joined by teams from Holland and Germany.
Saturday morning we prepared the car for the first round of qualifying in the shootout style format that the Supercharged Outlaws run. Everything looked well after the warm up and we towed down to the fire up road, where we were to race against Trace Froome. Unfortunately Trace couldn’t make the first call, so we had a single run. As we had a few bits on the car we wanted to test, the plan was simple; take the car through the gears and shut off early to make sure everything was okay.
The first run started well, with a strong 1.04 60ft launch, but shortly after hitting shake about 200ft the car lost fire and I coasted the car to the first turn off. On later inspection, it looked like the tyre shake had killed the on-board battery on the car. The plus side is that the simple launch we did proved a few of our changes worked well, so we were pleased with that, but were short a battery!
Photo copyright of Mike B Photography
After a few hours of looking and putting requests out, we unfortunately didn’t find a replacement battery. However, after a bit of electrical know-how and some outside of the box thinking, we were able to re-wire the ignition system so we didn’t need a battery. This did mean however I had no shift light or oil pressure light for the duration of the event, but as I shift by ear anyway this wasn’t a problem; and as long as the oil pressure gauge worked then I was happy!
In between rounds we had the pleasure of meeting Fuel Altered legend Rod Hynes, who was invited to be the Grand Marshal for the Supercharged Outlaws at this event. Rod has been a hero of mine for many years, so to meet him, and have him say how much he loved the car, loved my ‘Balls to the wall’ style driving (His words, not mine!), loved what we were doing as a team and keeping the spirit alive meant the world to me. Here you can see a picture of me with my hero!
(L-R) Me with Rod Hynes. Photo by Doug Bond - Rod sitting in the Nuthin Fancy Hot Seat. Photo by Joe Bond.
We towed down to the fire up road for the second run and was due a single anyway, so after a strong burnout, the launch and 60ft were strong, and after a brief pedal about 300ft, the car really began to move around the track about the 1/8th mile marker. Deciding enough was enough I shut the car down about 900ft and pulled the chute way early. The car still ran a 7.32 @ 149mph! The car was really making the power and wanting to run fast, but unfortunately the conditions weren’t quite there that run.
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Here is a great video taken by trackside photographer Peter Donaldson of the run. You can really see why I shut it down early:
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Video by Peter Donaldson
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