WILD BUNCH TROPHIES 2013
Wild Bunch Ladies
Gifts were given to ladies for supporting their teams and the Wild Bunch during the season.
Flowers were presented to Guest of Honour Lesley Prior and to Claire Meaddows. Many thanks to Mark Coulsell for his kind donation.
received a presentation of a glass star trophy and some beer for excellent services to the Wild Bunch Website.
received a personalised reporters bag and chocolate for services as a fantastic newsletter editor.
received a personalised bag and mousemat for services as Wild Bunch Co-ordinator and Treasurer.
received a brushed silver plaque and some Jack Daniels for services as Wild Bunch Chairman.
Mark Coulsell and Linda Williams
received a brushed silver plaque each for services to Pit Running and Co-ordination.
'Guest of Honour' Roy Wilding
received a Wild Bunch logo glass plaque as a memento, and 'Guest of Honour' Lesley Prior received a crystal rose bowl as a memento.
Big Bang Trophy |
Dave Williams Green with Envy AND Darryl Howells Chemical Reaction
This award is shared between two teams! One sustained multiple piston and block damage at the Nostalgia Nationals, resulting in a trashed engine. The other experienced a jammed timing chain resulting in piston and cam damage and ultimately a trashed engine. Hope they can both rebuild soon!
Fastest time by a British-engined dragster |
(awarded by Martin Holgate)
Dave 'Sag' Southworth Daddy Cool
Sag ran his first ever 8-second pass, an 8.948 in his Daddy Cool dragster at Dragstalgia. He backed this ET up within 5% and ran 9.103 at the Yanks Weekend.
Fastest MPH |
Bob Hawkins Time Traveller
Bob ran a storming 167.30 mph in his Time Traveller slingshot at Dragstalgia. He backed the speed up within 5% at 167.26 mph at the Nostalgia Nationals.
Quickest E.T. |
Bob Hawkins Time Traveller
Bob ran his first ever 7-second pass, a 7.990 in his Time Traveller slingshot at Dragstalgia. He backed this ET up within 5%, running 8.021 at the National Finals.
Best Newcomer |
Mark Mills Xenomorph
This team debuted their new car at the Yanks weekend, though it has a bit of history. They instantly made an impact with the exceptionally well-turned out vehicle and matching teamwear. New car teething problems soon gave way to increasingly good performance throughout the year, resulting in Personal Bests of 8.742 at 154.14mph. The driver also won 5 Spot Prizes along the way including a Best Altered and a Best Appearing Team award. This popular driver is enthusiastic, helpful, modest and a great addition to the Wild Bunch! Another Team Ferret Rookie of the Year!!
Best Rear-engine Dragster / Radical |
Dave 'Sag' Southworth Daddy Cool
This Rear-engined Dragster is always well turned out, with a very supportive family crew. The team competed at just 2 events this season, running PB's at the first of these. Then 'Sag' recorded a lifetime best and first ever 8-second pass, an 8.948 at Dragstalgia! A real highlight in the team's 35-year+ racing career!
Best Altered |
Dick Sharp Dorset Horn
This Altered is a very well-presented car and the team has a long history. They won 2 Best Appearing Car Spot Prizes this season, and the driver had a new lifetime Personal Best along the way, a 9.361 at 142 mph! Congratulations to the team celebrating their 40th Anniversary of racing!
Best Slingshot |
Chris Hartnell Backdraft
This Slingshot is a truly historic car. The team put in great effort and show total commitment to racing, always presenting a well-turned out, nostalgic vehicle and team. They won 2 Spot Prizes, including a Best Appearing Team award during the 8 events they raced at. The driver also ran a Personal Best speed of 152.25mph with the car this season, as well as consistent 8's!
Best Turned Out |
Keith Crampton Soultown Shaker
This enthusiastic team are always seeking to improve the consistency of this immaculately turned out car. Every detail in the team is well-presented and they always put on a great show. They won 6 Spot Prizes including a Best Appearing Car & 2 Best Appearing Team awards in 8 events they raced at. They wear period-correct uniforms and even have a disco pit! Improved consistency resulted in a great performance - 7 Top 4 placings, including a win!
Best Achievers |
Team Gridlock Go Hard or Go Home
This committed team constantly seek to improve the performance and consistency of their well-tuned out car. They took part in 8 events this season and won a total of 9 Spot Prizes, including 3 Closest to Dial-in and 3 Best Reaction. They WON 3 events and had two 2nd places and a 3rd, and the driver ran new Personal Bests of 9.161 and 147.82mph. The team have WON everything: the Wild Bunch for the 3rd time running, Real Steel, Roy Wilding, Springbridge MSA Challenge AND APIRA Series this year! Another brilliant season with so many achievements!!!
Perseverance Award |
Darryl Howells Chemical Reaction
This driver had problem after problem this season, chasing some major gremlins over the course of 4 events, with frustrating poor performance. Not one to give up, he rebuilt the fuel system and settings and eventually ran several PB's, including bests of 9.389 at 141.26mph! Fair shout! Improved performance resulted in a slot in the Open Sports Finals, only to be thwarted by electrical problems. He bounced back and ultimately took part in 7 Wild Bunch events, only to suffer engine damage at the last!
Daddy Cool (Sags) Personal Achievement |
This person is a long-time enthusiastic member of the Wild Bunch. They have shown great determination this year in achieving an incredible personal goal, despite experiencing an accident and injury, and always with a smile along the way. They continued to work and train hard in order to not only complete the difficult Great North Run Half Marathon, but also to raise around £4000 (£8000 when her company doubles it) for a very worthy charity, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, all the while doing so in memory of another lovely lady, Paula Marshall. This lovely lady herself was a former winner of this award in 2001 and has had a truly remarkable Personal Achievement! Congratulations!
Derek & Brenda Annable trophy |
Carla Pittau and Rick McCann
Last year's winners Chris Hartnell & Claire Meaddows, along with Ian & Paula Marshall, chose the 2013 winners because of their commitment to the sport of Drag Racing. They show never-ending dedication, professionalism and fighting spirit. They always have time for other racers and will always do whatever it takes to get their respective cars to the track even if it does mean a 160-mile round trip in the dead of the night to fix a transmission or something in the axle or engine. Similarly they are always there to help others and not just those in their class of Pro ET. They will always be available to mediate if there is a problem somewhere. They typify what Drag Racing is about in this country and long may they continue! They are a truly great example of a dedicated couple in our great family of drag racing! Oh, and anybody that launches with a wheelie always gets the extra vote!
C & C Sportsperson |
Rob & Pete Brown The Marras
This enthusiastic pair are forever willing to help anyone and everyone they can, and have crewed for numerous different teams this season. They are dedicated and passionate about nostalgia racing and the Wild Bunch and have made loads of friends in their short time with us. They are sporting and generous and always support and encourage other teams. Their easy-going nature and helpfulness has made them very popular, and they are extremely valued members of the Bunch!!
Don Garlits 'Spirit of Drag Racing' Shield 2013
TEAM TIKI MUNKI
This year's winners have been dedicated members of the Wild Bunch for many years. They always put on a really authentic nostalgic show whenever they race, and show attention to detail on maintaining the appearance of their well-turned out, unique vehicle, which is always being developed. Great thought goes into the teamwear and support vehicle, and a theme is maintained throughout. They have persevered this season in gaining consistency and performance and have achieved several goals. They are always willing to help and encourage other racers and do so with great humour, sportsmanship and enthusiasm. They took part in 6 events this year and showed great commitment to get to each one, whilst juggling the demands of a young family and a budget. Even so, they always strive to race to the best of their ability - they achieved several Personal Bests this season, with one driver running a 12.818 at over 100mph and the other their first 12-second pass in the car. They also improved on previous years, and finished in 4th place in the Wild Bunch Series, 4th in the Real Steel Series and 2nd in the Roy Wilding Series, winning an event and a Best Appearing Team Spot Prize along the way. This popular family team are committed members of the Wild Bunch and demonstrate the true spirit of nostalgia and our club!!