Powerhouse Austin to star in Northamptonshire

| 17 May 2013

Dick Sharp’s famous Austin A35 funny car The Dorset Horn will be competing at this year’s Dragstalgia at the Santa Pod raceway on 13-14 July.

The car was built by Sharp and his brother in the late ’60s.

It featured a glassfibre body, bolted to a tube frame and powered by a 421cu in Pontiac engine, which fed its power through a Turbo-Hydro gearbox.

The A35 entered its first race at Santa Pod in 1973 recording a quarter-mile time of around 14 secs. By the end of the first season that had improved to runs of just over 11 secs, and a terminal 120mph.

In the following decades, the car received numerous engine and chassis tweaks, while its body sprouted air dams, lost its doors and wore a series of differing liveries.

Now in its seventh incarnation, the Austin can dispatch the quarter mile in just 9 secs.Classes set to compete at Dragstalgia include Outlaw Anglia (Ford Populars and Anglias), Outlaw Street (street legal muscle cars) and the NSA Shootout for historic drag ’bikes.

Other highlights include Run What Ya Brung sessions, the Fireforce Jet Car and 2-seater dragster rides, while away from the track there will be classic car displays, a Show and Shine competition, live music, plus trade stands.

To find out more visit the event’s website.