Europe’s Premiere drag racing event, Dragstalgia is just under a month away from the 12th-14th July and the line-up is beginning to take shape. Eagle eyed readers will have spotted the addition of a couple of Scandinavian Nostalgia Funny Cars to the Cannonball class, one of which has been here before, some time ago! After a recent outing at Tierp Arena, Tobba Jansson will be making the trip across the North Sea with his “Nitrocalypse” Corvette funny car in the company of Erik Wallinder and the iconic “Tre Kronor” Plymouth Arrow.
The original Tre Kronor car began life as Ed McCulloch’s famous “Revellution” car which became the “American Home Shield” flopper. Knut Soderqvist purchased the car and had it re-branded as Tre-Kronor before shipping it to Europe with Harlan Thompson as the designated driver. The combination was an immediate winner as Harlan won the 1980 World Finals on his debut at Santa Pod and the rest, as they say, is history.
Johnny Nilsson was the man that commissioned the replica car and duly put Harlan in the hot seat once again in 2009. Since then, the car has made a few outings with various drivers such as Leif Helander, Stig Neergard and Johnnys son, Dennis Nilsson. Now, 10 years on from the replica cars debut, we’re pleased to report that 2019 is the year that we’ve finally managed to organise a return trip to the Pod with the Tre Kronor but this time it’ll be driven by the current owner, Erik Wallinder. We wish Erik all the best at Dragstalgia but we know that the current crop of European Nostalgia Funny Car drivers will be queuing up to show him what the back of their cars look like!
The two Cannonball entries however, are not the only vehicles to be making the trip from Sweden for this years event. We are very pleased to report that Janne Johansson will be bringing his incredible display along to the event once again, this time with a different car in the line-up. As well as the stunning Pisano & Matsubara Monza and the 240 Gordie Bubble Up Trans Am, amongst others, Janne will be bringing Jungle Jim Liberman’s restored Vega Funny Car. A chance to view such a car up close and personal, for many, will be worth the cost of admission alone. We’ve seen the car in Janne’s workshop in Sweden and we can tell you, it really is the real deal.
All of this is without even mentioning the host of race classes with entries from across Europe that are preparing for one of the highlights on the calendar. To anyone that’s planning on racing please be aware that entries close on Friday 5th July but please don’t leave it until the last minute, get your entries in now!
NEW for 2019 is the expansion of the “Vintage Hub” area located on the bankside of site which features a proper home for the popular beer festival (Hurrah!), an expanded Vintage Fair and a NEW stage with Live music throughout the day and into the evenings. Whilst Dragstalgia will always be about the cars, who doesn’t like to have a good boogie when they’re letting their hair down for the weekend?
View the full line-up, entry list and get your tickets at: www.dragstalgia.co.uk
We’ll see you there.