Racing - Studebaker 2002-2007

Ignition earth - remove to start engine

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Not seen is the ARRC built sheet metal axle case with Strange internals.

The photograph above is copyright Roger Gorringe. Nitro exposure, and the idea has been blatantly copied from the programme Roger produced for the 2006 FIA Finals at Santa Pod. See more of Roger's excellent photographs at

Four firsts in 2005, first British ProMod under 6.6 seconds, first British ProMod under 6.4 seconds, first British ProMod under 6.3 seconds and first British ProMod over 220 mph.

One first in 2006, first British ProMod under 6.2 seconds. We currently have the speed record at 229.43 mph and we did participate in the quickest (Santa Pod Finals with Urban Johansson) and fastest (Gardermoen with Micke Gullqvist) side by side Pro Mod runs in Europe. Thanks to Andy Marr for providing this data.

Not many records in 2007, just an improved et at 6.161 seconds. However second in the FIA European Championship and winners of the first MSA Drag Racing Championship for Pro Mods  and the NDRS Championship are great achievements.

Click here to see the November 2002 article from Custom Car where Kev Elliott describes his experience of travelling with the team to Hockenheim Click on the thumbnail to see Stefani's 2006 European Tour album
Click on the logo to see pictures from the January 2003 feature Click here for pictures from our not so successful 2006 Easter Thunderball
Click here to see the 'stude being arranged on the CC stand at Autosport 2003  Click here for pictures from our unsuccessful 2006 Main Event
Click here for pictures from the 2004 season Click here for pictures and video from 2006 Summer Nationals linked to text from the Santa Pod Fans Guide
Click here for pictures from the 2005 build up Click here for pictures from our successful visit to Gardermoen 2006
Click here for pictures from our visit to the 2005 Nitrolympxx at Hockenheim Click here for pictures from our mixed 2006 FIA Finals
Click here for pictures from our very successful 2005 FIA European Finals Click here for pictures and video from our shake, rattle and "roll video" 2007 Thunderball
The MSA Drag Racing Championship is for Pro Mods in 2007, click here for more details Click here for coverage of our successful but frustrating 2007 Summer Nationals. We did get around to taking a crew picture which you can see below.
Click here to see what we managed to do at the washed out 2007 Main Event Click here to see what happened at the 2007 FIA European Finals
Click here to see pictures and video of our successful trip to the 2007 Veidec Festival at Mantorp Park in Sweden. Click on the thumbnail to see what happened at Autosport 2008



This is the race team for 2007, from the left
  • Jerry Clayton
  • Tom Barnes
  • Luke Robinson
  • Ryan Hare
  • Stefani Robinson
  • Kate Robinson
  • Andy Robinson
  • Mark Balzaretti
This picture sequence is intended to show the typical activities involved in one run.

First comes the call to go to the staging lanes.

Jerry is driving the tow car while Stefani and Bowser take the easy option.

There always comes a time when the towing has to stop and somebody has to push. Here it's Luke moving the Studebaker to the place where it will be started.

Notice the wire you can just see at the bottom left of the windscreen. This is the magneto earth cut out.

Click here to see the car starting, it's turned over a couple of times then the magneto earth cut out  is removed and it fires up.

Click here to see the car burn out.


Throttle wide open and launching hard.

Click here to see the car run 6.49 and Luke's reaction.




Jerry takes the tow car to the top of the track to collect the Studebaker.

Here the Studebaker goes through a mandatory weight check. It passes at 2712 lbs against the class minimum of 2700 lbs.
Back in the pits Andy drains the oil. This is not custard but a nasty emulsion of 30 weight oil and methanol, worse at the moment because the engine is running rich.
Bowser cranks the engine over by hand while he checks valve clearances and the condition of the top end.
Andy grinds the clutch disks and plates as they may become distorted by the heat and impact as they try to control 2500 hp and put the power down to the track.
Jerry and Tom inspect the bottom end, removing all the rod shells to check their condition.
Luke reassembles the clutch, the gearbox slides backwards to allow the bell housing to be removed.

After all this dismantling and reassembly the engine is run up and all the gears, including reverse, checked to make sure the car is ready to run. Click here to see the engine run. The crew are all wearing gas masks because the exhaust fumes are pretty intense in the confined space of the pits.

And then the team just have to wait for the next call to the staging lanes.

Thanks to our sponsors

Poole Clayton Automotive Hylomar Supercharger U.K.
Aurora Rod Ends - Brown & Miller Racing Solutions - RCS Ringspann UK Ltd -
Date  19-Dec-2008
Pictures and videos by

 Webmaster, Ivan Sansom (startline) and Roger Gorringe