Did anyone go to Door Slammers at Santa Pod last weekend?
We were there flying the O.S.F. flag!!
Door Slammers was a huge "thing" back in the 70's / 80's but it became less popular and was dropped towards the end of the 80's. It was picked back up by Santa Pod and after 18 months of planning it re-emerged last weekend with huge sponsors and a £75,000 total prize fund and around 140 entries. There were a number of classes and my other half (Chris Todd) entered his little Scooby powered MK1 Fiesta into the Webster Race Engineering sponsored 4 cylinder class. We made it through the qualifying stages last Saturday after competing against some very fast motors and into the last 16 cars ... he slowly went through the stages, reaching quarter final stage, then into the semi's where he blew the head gasket to reach the final ..... He was up against a very fast MK1 Escort (Cossie powered monster) all the way from Malta that had run a 7.4 on the previous day!! But this is all about being first to the finish line so Chris knew he had to get a holeshot and be off the line first. He had drained all of the water out of the car because of the blown head gasket (and we towed him to the line to keep the car cool), as he runs methanol it was not so bad running without water and all he had to do was get to the end of the strip first as in this game, first to the finish line wins (hence the importance of a good start). After a good burnout and with a 0.07 reaction he was off the line first - there was not enough time for the MK1 Escort to build enough boost and although he was off the line shortly after, he didn't manage to catch the little Fez and Chris crossed the line in first place with a 10.01 finish against the Maltese 10.15 finish ..... what an amazing weekend and a prize of £2500.00 as well as the trophy - with the expert help of crew chief Kevin Jenkins (fellow OSF member) it really was a David and Goliath story