The annual PokerStars Dragracing & Drifting event, hosted by the Manx Drag Racing Association in partnership with Straightliners, takes place this weekend at Jurby Motordrome.
Now in its fifth year the free-to-spectate event has grown in popularity, attracting top UK Dragracers whose vehicles are capable of 0–180mph in 7 seconds. This year is no exception, with one of the top UK Pro Mod Drag bike teams, Warpspeed, bringing over a garage of bikes capable of covering the ¼ mile in 6 seconds at speeds close to 200mph.
Guy Martin fans who remember watching the TT star trying out Dragracing in an episode of his TV series Speed will be interested to know Warpspeed was the team which was on hand to lone Guy the bike and teach him how to handle the monster.
For the four-wheeled fanatics there will be not one, but two 1950 Ford Populars capable of 0–140mph in 9.5 seconds! These cars run in the very popular outlaw Anglia class of Dragracing, where their wheel standing launches from the startline wow the crowds.
Last year the event witnessed the beginning of unusual vehicles being built and raced along the ¼ mile. The Wacky Racers theme began with the Isle of Man-based Garage Insanity Team building and attempting to crack the world speed record for a mobility scooter, which at that time was 74mph. Unfortunately, handling problems prevented their attempt.
This year another Isle of Man-based Wacky Race team, Anderson Bodyshop from Ballasalla, has built a mobility scooter which has recorded 107mph in testing! Some of you may have witnessed the Scooter on Douglas promenade during the TT entertainment earlier this year.
Saturday is official Guinness World Record attempt day. Continuing with the Wacky Races, the world’s fastest toilet will be thundering down the track along with the world’s fastest coin-operated ride, the Postman Pat Van. Due to popular demand, the Patvan racing team is making the trip over again with the Postman Pat van, and will be bringing along garage buddy Patvan 2, a bike-engined Dragster, and Patvan 3, a slightly larger Postman Pat Van complete with a 1000cc V Twin Aprilia engine! The all-new Patvan 3 will be testing at the event as it’s currently still under construction.
The Manx Drift Corporation, MDC, will be churning up plenty of tyre smoke as they display amazing car control on their twisty track. The event is open to all riders and drivers who would like to compete in the Dragracing or Drifting. All you need is a licence, helmet and a safe vehicle.
MDRA and Straightliners would like to thank event sponsors PokerStars, Raymotors of Ramsey and JCK Ltd for their continued support.
For more info go to www.manxdragracing.com or search Facebook for Manx Drag Racing Association or Manx Drift Corporation or Pokerstars Drag & Drift Extreme Power Weekend.