True that, Wheelz. Boyd and Susan are two truly wonderful people.
my pick for Racer of the Week is Colin Millar, from Kinross, Scotland. Colin was recommended to me by our friend and former Racer of the Week, Mick Taylor. Thanks, Mick!
Colin is the pilot of the Flyin' Fyfer, a '48 Anglia Outlaw Gasser. He is one of the most colorful and popular Drag Racers in the UK, and over the last few weeks he's sent me some great information.
Colin started going to Santa Pod in 1984. He and his buddies used to race each other down the road from Scotland 400 miles, race all weekend and then race each other back home for another 400 miles. Eventually 8 years ago, he gave in and went full out race; thats when the Flyin' Fyfer was born. Colin's oldest boy know runs the Flyin' Scotsman, which has the race number 4472, the same number as the famous steam engine. They have a great shop but They do everything themselves as there ain't a lot of drag racers in Sunny Scotland!!!
In the Outlaw Anglia class, there are only good guys, they all have such a blast and enjoy the class so much with no politics, no back stabbing, just good old heads up racing with very competitive souls but great friends off track. A handful of the group headed out to France a few weekends ago with Mick Taylor, Ronnie Mercer, Scotty Crookston, Garry Hill and Rob Stone, then they all headed back over to Santa Pod the following weekend for the Summer Nationals. It's been a great summer!!!
Prior to Colin's new engine, the numbers were 7.58 at 179 mph for the quarter mile with a 560" BBC, 2-speed Powerglide and a Mark Williams rear end running 4.11 gears, with an unlimited chassis so there is no restriction on times, the 101" wheelbase makes it real interesting but now he's just fitted a brand new 632" Top Sportsman Nitrous motor from Shafiroff with a possible 1900 HP output Before, he hadn't run any nitrous but the car ran 8.90 @ 154 mph and the new set up rran 8.00 @ 172 mph, bring on the laughing gas woo oho!
Colin told me there are quite a few hot rodders who have some awsome cars in Scotland, quietly working away in the back ground, such as a twin turbo SS Camaro, a '52 Willys with a 602" Mopar, a 1936 Forde Model Y with a supercharged and nitrous 302 running low 9's and a lot of other cars being built at the moment and load of Street Rods.
Anyway, France was an opportunity not to let it pass them by. Colin put a note up on their Outlaw Anglia page and they had six Outlaw Anglias who made th trip. They just ran in RWYB so that they could all run together and have a laugh and they certainly did. the French organisers were fantastic and the track, albeit a bit narrow was great and sticky. Out of the 6 cars that went, out 4 came back with new personal bests. Colin ran his first ever 7.999 on the motor and he said they will certainly be back to Clastres, France, it is only a two hour drive from Calias where you get off the ferry.
Dragstalgia at the Pod is becoming one of the best events of the year. It attracts a huge amount of cars where you only ever see them once a year at this event. With a 15 car field the Outlaw Anglias as always put on a great show for the spectators with a few, lets say, "very exciting" runs and some good solid fast passes. In the end the final was between Scotty Crookston and Colin in an all Scottish final. The young one tried his very best but in the end it was Colin who took the win. One week later and they were back at Santa Pod, this time for the Bug Jam and it was the same result again with Scotty and Colin back into the final, points are mounting up with Scotty Crookston in 3rd Jedd Guy in 2nd and Colin at the moment leading.
The new Outlaw Anglia ET record has stood with Paul (the Guv) Wright for 11 years where he ran a 7.400 at 190 mph, which is some doing for back then. Colin and his team had the car settled with the new 632" Top Sportsman Nitrous motor and they were very happy running 8.0 just on the motor and with a very light tune of a 200HP shot, he expected the car to run maybe a 7.70, well he turned the launch up to 5200 rpms and hit the gas right off the trans brake. The car loved it and ran a 1.11 60-foot, went straight and never moved an inch out of the groove; it was so smooth he actually thought maybe a 7.80 as it did not feel that fast but in the end it ran a 7.37 at 184.37, WOW, what was also great is he backed it up in the final with a 7.41. He said lets see how long I can hold onto this for as Scotty Crookston is now down to low 7.7's, all in all were well chuffed in the Flyin' Fyfer camp with the new record.
Colin, we are rooting for you and we wish you good luck, safe racing and the best of times in the future!
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