Welcome to the MSA British Drag Racing Championship - Pro Mod
2014 marks a watershed in the Championship’s history, with a fresh round added to the schedule. In 2007 the Motor Sports Association, the national governing body of four-wheeled motorsport, designated the spectacular Pro Modifieds as the official class of the MSA British Drag Racing Championship. The Championship expanded from three to five rounds, including the two FIA European Championship events at Santa Pod Raceway.
Now a sixth round has been added. As the Championship’s success continued to grow, so did the desire to fill the long summer gap between June’s Round 3 and September’s Round 4. The many factors involved in staging a race limited the opportunities in the period available, but the promoters of the Mopar Euro Nationals have agreed to host the new contest at their 21st Anniversary event from 25th to 27th July.
Early in 2007, Keith Bartlett, CEO of Trakbak Racing Ltd., predicted that at least 20 Pro Mod teams would attend Santa Pod Raceway’s combined MSA and FIA Championship rounds. Competitor numbers in the seven seasons completed since then have averaged almost 26 per year, with eight European countries represented on the entry lists – and in 2010, a memorable transatlantic entry from American superstar Melanie Troxel. This year, as many as 12 British entrants are expected to compete, including Pro Mod newcomers Chris Isaacs & Spencer Tramm and Steve Rawlings, making his long-awaited debut. Current stars Graham Ellis and Kevin Slyfield have new cars in the pipeline.
Despite their official championship status, Pro Mods still possess an outlaw aura, evoking the spirit of drag racing's earliest days, before defined classes had evolved, when you would "run what ya brung" and hope you had "brung" enough. The class emerged in America in the 1980s as an adventurous reaction to the sport's formalised structure, pairing classic sedan body styles with enormous engines in combinations unfettered by too many rules.
Today's Pro Mods come in a vivid array of bodyshells, everything from 1938 Ford Coupes to a 21st-century Dodge Viper. These bodyshells cloak pure-bred racing chassis built around giant V8 engines, some running on petrol and nitrous oxide, others on supercharged or turbocharged methanol, and all packing the punch to blast through the quarter-mile in six seconds at well over 200mph. They are, without doubt, the most extrovert machines ever to compete for an MSA championship.
Trakbak Racing Ltd. promotes the MSA British Drag Racing Championship and all rights to the series are owned by Trakbak’s CEO, Keith Bartlett.
All events held at Santa Pod Raceway, nr. Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.
Round 1: Festival Of Power 18-20 April 2014
Round 2: FIA Round 1 23-26 May 2014
Round 3: Summer Nationals 28-29 June 2014
Round 4: Mopar Euro Nationals 25-27 July 2014
Round 5: FIA European Finals 4-7 September 2014
Round 6: National Finals 20-21 September 2014
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