Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Extremely modified road cars aim to be the best all round performers in the UK

One of UK's top performance road car events is set to take place for the 15th time at the end of July. Ten of the Best (TOTB), organised by Straightliners Ltd, aimed at finding the best all round cars and drivers in the UK. 'Handling', top speed and a 1/4m drag strip are used to determine the best of the best street-legal cars and drivers. TOTB is also an opportunity for competitors and spectators to experience the raw power and performance of the best modern high tech / high spec cars and retro classics. Thousands of spectators and hundreds of competitors and car clubs will pour into the grounds (Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England) over the last weekend in July (30th & 31st July).

Essential the participant vehicles are regular (road) cars that have been souped up and modified, some to the extreme. TOTB attracts drivers hoping to break UK or world records and to prove their modified cars’ performance and their abilities to the public. All cars that compete in the main competition class are road legal, taxed, tested and insured. There is also a new "pro-drag class" for the ultimate drag specific cars. In addition many of the entrants have built and modified their own vehicles, while others represent the cream of the crop from the tuners and garages that specialise in the types of cars that compete. The three areas of competition are:
  • Handling - sharp cornering, acceleration and braking
  • Top speed - the fastest over a kilometre
  • Drag strip - over a quarter mile (1320 feet, 402 m)
Entrants come from most of the UK and European car clubs and groups, along with individual entries and invited tuner cars with the latest performance enhancing devices. Points are awarded in each of the three events overall, making it extremely difficult to score points in all events, unless the car and driver are on top form! The 'Pro Mod' drag class will have its own shootout final and trophy, with regular head to head runs during the event. Individual classes are also used to determine class trophies and these are:
  • FWD (front wheel drive)
  • RWD (rear wheel drive)
  • 4WD (four wheel drive)
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Friday, 8 July 2016

On the back wheel for a kilometre at 190mph+ the goal of motorbike wheelie world champions

Riding on the back wheel for a kilometre at over 200mph for a kilometre is the goal of motorcycles bidding to be the wheelie world champion. This can be seen over and over again at the 10th World Wheelie Championship set to take place in England in mid-August. Up to 30 top competitors from the USA, UK, France, Holland and Ireland will be competing for the world title. Success depends on exclusively the rider’s high-level skill, which is used to control the speed and balance of the motorcycle. This is no mean feat as some of these retro fitted machines are the most powerful in the world.

Thousands of spectators are expected at the motorcycle World Wheelie Championship that takes place on August 20th. and 21st. at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, EnglandThe participants will ride very powerful customised motorbikes with some rated at 450 horsepower if turbo charged viewed by thousands of spectators. The winner and world record holder will be the fastest to complete a kilometre in the wheelie position. Success depends on the rider’s high level skill to control the speed and balance of the motorcycle as no electronic or mechanical aids can be used. 

Thetop wheelie riders at the event will be current record holder Gary Rothwell from England who achieved 209mph  wheelie in 2015. Also present will be Egbert Van Popta from Holland riding a Hayabusa Turbo 195.805 MPH and Paddy O'Sullivan from Ireland riding a Suzuki GSXR 189.822 MPH. Representing UK will be Dave 'Dodge' Rogers, previous World Wheelie Champion, who conceived and is the original driving force behind the World Wheelie Championship.

The World Wheelie Championship is organised by Straightliners and takes place at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England. Straighliners is affiliated to the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) and the International Organisation of Professional Drivers (IOPD). Rider participation including record ratification and timing is administered by to UK Timing Association (UKTA).  Both Straighliners and UKTA were set up by renowned motorcycle racer Trevor Duckworth.

Speaking about the World Wheelie Championship ‘Dodge’ said “In the early days of wheelie world records it was dominated by an elite few with high powered turbo bikes. Working with Straightliners we wanted to also involve the average guy on his sports bike. The rules for the World Wheelie Championship has achieved this by attracting serious motorcycle riders from all walks of life.” 


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