Santa Pod Euro Finals

Santa Pod Euro Finals

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basil brush

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4,668 posts

224 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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Anyone know what happened later in afternoon yesterday that caused the racing to be stopped? I had to leave around 3 so missed the finals.

hollypop

810 posts

180 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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A spectator got hit with debris at the end of the strip. Don't think he made it.

basil brush

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4,668 posts

224 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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Sh*t that's tragic. It was a fantastic weekend's racing. Apart from the spectator's family, the driver must be devastated.

mrkipling

408 posts

217 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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I was there too, terrible news.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/no

Boosted LS1

19,564 posts

221 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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I was there and figured it was serious once they started photographing the track. So that's when I left. I heard a couple of runs so guessed the cars used the clear lane and raced against the clock instead of eachother.

Boosted.

basil brush

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4,668 posts

224 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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The coverage on Eurodragster says they had a brief break due to a medical emergency but then got back to racing again. Once the pro finals were finished I guess the outcome of the incident was known and they stopped the event.

hollypop

810 posts

180 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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When I was sitting in the 2 hour traffic jam to get out, near the heliport, they had sealed it all with police tape and there were police crash investigators driving past. I guess when you see them it must be serious.

Beemer-5

7,897 posts

175 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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We were just leaving to go out to the car when this happened, we did wonder why it went quiet so soon, given that they were running late right from the start of the event.
Awful bad luck for the fella.

deltafox

3,839 posts

193 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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Jeez thats pretty bad.
I used to climb on the platform at the end of the track(on the bank) to watch em fly past, figured id be safer up there than down by the wall.

hornet

6,333 posts

211 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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Man that's sad news. I read about there being a medical emergency, but didn't realise that's what had happened. Sadly, as it says on the ticket, motorsport is dangerous. Without wishing to sound insensitive given the circumstances, I'd hate for this sad event to be the catalyst for all sorts of Health and Safety constraints on the sport.

basil brush

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4,668 posts

224 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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hornet said:
Man that's sad news. I read about there being a medical emergency, but didn't realise that's what had happened. Sadly, as it says on the ticket, motorsport is dangerous. Without wishing to sound insensitive given the circumstances, I'd hate for this sad event to be the catalyst for all sorts of Health and Safety constraints on the sport.


Agreed yes

Furyous

19,330 posts

182 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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That is criminally sad, but as already said, motorsport is dangerous.

Things at the pod are safer now than they have ever been.

Looking at eurodragster, its not hard to work out which pairing had just run, and I think thats shows its even more more of a true accident, coz if was that pairing,AND I AM ONLY MAKING ASSUMPTIONS then you are looking at two VERY experienced and PROFESSIONAL teams.

I ve often watched the crowds stood around a fueller during its pit warm up, and thought to myself, "Have any of you ever seen a blower or rod let go in a fuel motor ?"

These people are standing not more than 10 feet away from a 7000hp NITRO bomb.

I spent Friday and Saturday being engulfed in fuel fumes an loved every minute.Let us not forget, Drag racing is STILL one of the safest sports out there.

My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family of a drag racing fan.

F

hodgy587

676 posts

175 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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I raced there in pro et this weekend but went out in the 2nd round so we were home before this happend. the event did get completed though as all finals were run.
This is a very sad thing to happen for our sport and the people involved, unfortunatly as in all motorsports accidents do happen i just hope theis doesnt tarnish its usually good safety record.
www.587racing.com

Furyous

19,330 posts

182 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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hodgy587 said:
I raced there in pro et this weekend but went out in the 2nd round so we were home before this happend. the event did get completed though as all finals were run.
This is a very sad thing to happen for our sport and the people involved, unfortunatly as in all motorsports accidents do happen i just hope theis doesnt tarnish its usually good safety record.
www.587racing.com


I passed your pit a few times with the intention of saying Hi to you and slinky, but everyone was always up to the elbows in spanners and engine,so I hated to interupt, same case for Slikk up at the meth pits.You guys are racing, Im just a speccy.

hodgy587

676 posts

175 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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Furyous said:
hodgy587 said:
I raced there in pro et this weekend but went out in the 2nd round so we were home before this happend. the event did get completed though as all finals were run.
This is a very sad thing to happen for our sport and the people involved, unfortunatly as in all motorsports accidents do happen i just hope theis doesnt tarnish its usually good safety record.
www.587racing.com


I passed your pit a few times with the intention of saying Hi to you and slinky, but everyone was always up to the elbows in spanners and engine,so I hated to interupt, same case for Slikk up at the meth pits.You guys are racing, Im just a speccy.

were always very aproachable mate

Boosted LS1

19,564 posts

221 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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[quote=Furyous]That is criminally sad, but as already said, motorsport is dangerous.

I ve often watched the crowds stood around a fueller during its pit warm up, and thought to myself, "Have any of you ever seen a blower or rod let go in a fuel motor ?"

These people are standing not more than 10 feet away from a 7000hp NITRO bomb.

I spent Friday and Saturday being engulfed in fuel fumes an loved every minute.Let us not forget, Drag racing is STILL one of the safest sports out there.
F

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I don't think it was the engine that let go although I thought I saw a flash and extra smoke. Aren't the blowers strapped down under a kevlar bracket or something to contain a big burst? Wasn't it something to do with the chutes and a boilt or similar letting go at 300 odd mph or nearabouts? I could see debris on the track. I'm not sure about the criminasl angle either, motorsport is dangerous and accidents happen. Wonder if there's public liability cover or not, anybody know. Maybe they can't get that.

I feel quite sorry for the driver and team as well as the family of the bloke who died.

Boosted.

mrsmadmark

3,541 posts

184 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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deltafox said:

I used to climb on the platform at the end of the track(on the bank) to watch em fly past, figured id be safer up there than down by the wall.

we always favoured the end of the strip, to watch the racing too.


tragic accident

my thoughts are with everyone involved

slinky

15,704 posts

210 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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hodgy587 said:
Furyous said:
hodgy587 said:
I raced there in pro et this weekend but went out in the 2nd round so we were home before this happend. the event did get completed though as all finals were run.
This is a very sad thing to happen for our sport and the people involved, unfortunatly as in all motorsports accidents do happen i just hope theis doesnt tarnish its usually good safety record.
www.587racing.com


I passed your pit a few times with the intention of saying Hi to you and slinky, but everyone was always up to the elbows in spanners and engine,so I hated to interupt, same case for Slikk up at the meth pits.You guys are racing, Im just a speccy.

were always very aproachable mate


It's all about picking your moment bud.. If you see me with a coffee in my hand.. come say hello!

slinky

DrDeAtH

3,325 posts

193 months

Monday 11th September 2006
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i'm sure it is best not to speculate in this situation. But equally, i am sure that once the necessary investigations have been held, then Santa Pod will release a full press staement.

a sad day in drag racing indeed, but it does say 'motorsport is dangerous' on signs at entry, and around the site.

slikk

2,135 posts

204 months

Tuesday 12th September 2006
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Furyous said:

I passed your pit a few times with the intention of saying Hi to you and slinky, but everyone was always up to the elbows in spanners and engine,so I hated to interupt, same case for Slikk up at the meth pits.You guys are racing, Im just a speccy.


Hey, any excuse to stop for a minute. If you see a pair of feet sticking out from under the car, just give them a kick thumbup

kim
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