New for 2019 will be the dragstalgia section with weird and wonderful dragbikes from yesteryear tearing down our sprint strip. Witness bikes such as the Ramrod (attached) and infamous Dragwaye demonstrate their outrageous acceleration.
Dragwaye is the brainchild of Clive Waye, the bike was designed with the outright standing start 1/4 mile world record in mind. MK 1 was built in 1962 as a test bed to see if the concept worked and featured a Norton single cylinder engine. Mk 2 followed with a normally aspirated 1200cc VW beetle engine and was ridden by Howard German. Mk 3 added a supercharger and Dave Lecoq took over the riding duties.
In 1970 Dragwaye with Dave Lecoq in the hot seat, broke Alf Hagon's 1/4 mile word record at Elvington in Yorkshire. The best time ever recorded by Dragwaye was at Santa Pod in 1972. 9.32sec @ 155mph
The bike is a single speed direct drive through a one off Clive Waye designed clutch and features a data logger made by Clive in 1966 and can be seen in the box mounted of the top of the frame behind the front wheel.
The fuel is in the tank between the frame tubes and originally compressed air in the frame pushed the fuel to the carburettor just in front of the rear wheel. The thinking was that if the frame cracked the fuel pressue would drop and the bike would stop.
The bike featured in the George Brown Memorial sprint in 1982 and then did not run again until 2015. It is still owned by Clive's son Scott, who allowed Terry Homan to recommission it and run it again.