Doorslammmers 2018, saw us pack up shop and headed down to Santa Pod Raceway with several of the ADE Tuning mapped drag racers. With the weather forecast sunshine it was going to be a great weekend.

Doorslammers – The Beginning

Doorslammers was first held at Santa Pod Raceway in the late 1980’s and ran into the 90’s and was held at the end of the race season. In those days the fastest Doorslammer ran for £1000 in cash.

Fast forward 20 years and we have the present day Doorslammmers event, this time with big money to be won. With seven different categories for the cars to compete in, the event certainly has some interesting cars. Saturday is the qualifying day ready for the “Head to Head” rounds on Sunday. Many of the racers use Saturday as a test day for the Sunday event.

On the Saturday evening those cars that have qualified are put into a helmet for the random pairings ready for Sunday. The two cars will go down the strip against each other and who ever crosses that finish line first wins the race. This random draw continues all the way through to the final race.

As any modified car owner will know, that weekend that you actually want to use your car for the purpose you built it for will be the weekend it decides to break. So we only actually went down with a handful of cars.

But they did us proud 🙂

At 9.30am on the Saturday the track opened for qualifying. We had cars in both the front wheel drive and the 4 cylinder category. So we set ourselves up for viewing and cheering on our guys. Thankfully all our cars made it through to qualifying.

Throughout the weekend we saw displays from the Reign of Fire Jet car, Oklahoma Willy Jet Pick-Up and the Fire force Jet car.

We saw plenty of cars and drivers achieve new PB’s and also watched the fastest Doorslammer car in Europe… All the way from Sweden is the Wulcano racing team in the Chevy Camero Blackbird. Running a 5.53 at 262mph 😲

Sunday – The Head to Head Round

Sunday Racing saw Paul Bargate, B-rookie Racing and Jordy’s names all being pulled out of the helmet for the head to head elimination round. Basically the first car to cross the finish line goes through to the next round. This saw some very random pairings and many looked like the tortoise and hare story. But as they say you can never judge a book by its cover and in this instance they were right. Paul Bargate in the only naturally aspirated car in the whole Doorslammers competition got all the way through to the semi finals. We thought it was all over when he got picked against Michael Hollerman in the Honda Civic who ran a 8.36 @161mph. The Gods must have been looking down as Hollerman’s Civic broke on the start line. This allowed Paul to go through to the semi’s.

Paul then lost out to Adrian Solly on the Audi A3 r32. Not a bad first event after coming out of retirement.