|Wow, what a
fasinating site you have at Trakbytes. I am a big door slammer fan, and like
many others reflected on the loss of Dave Grady during the minutes silence
at Santa Pod on Sunday. I read the tribute from Darren West, and it bought
back all those memories of my first Drag Racing experience at Melbourne and
the High Spirits Ford.
Whilst scanning the 'Years' sections,
I came across 1985/6 reference to the Doorslammer Nationals. I remember these
well, being a doorslammer fan of many years. I think it was called Gary's
International Doorslammer Meeting !I too believe 1985 was the first year,
and I went in 1986 (my memory for dates is not that good I am afraid) with
a massive field of cars from all over Europe. Qualifying was held during
the day, with eliminations taking place at night.
Memories - there was a 'clip' for
everyone who went (or badge, with a pin for attaching to your shirt/jacket
etc). - I wonder if anyone still has it ? A porsche turbo powered 'dune buggy'
that wheelied in all gears !!! A big white Impala that had a horrendous misfire
that shot flames out of the headers, but still ran in the 9's A Volvo Estate
with a huge engine through the Bonnet ! The winner was our very own Dave
Pollen, driving the yellow Pollen Count (Mk1 Consul/Zodiac). He raced in
the final against Per Christian Skinne (Skinne Brothers - Norway) in a Black
Chevy Nova (or Chevy II). Skinne went on to run the Pro Stock Trans-Am and
now builds engines for a living (or at least he did). Skinne lowered the
car the following year, and came to Samta Pod with it in yellow, and ran
in the 8's. Skinne should have won, as he had been in the 9.5's all day,
but lost traction at half track as it was very damp by late October evening,
allowong Pollen to fly past. The crowd was enormous, with everyone shouting
for the cars from there respective countries. I can honestly say that I have
not experienced another event like it.
Ian Highfield, UK