I can’t say I’m sad to see the back of 2015. It was a year unlike any other I’ve known with problem after problem with both the jet car and jet dragster. From stupid, never-before issues to more major problems, both the cars tried my patience (and pocket) to the limit.
Not to sound negative, 2015 also brought about some great PB’s for the cars. Our attendance in Iceland saw FireForce 3 run a mighty 5.65 second 1/4 mile run pleasing not only us but the track guys also. I am convinced that if they lengthen the shut down area, the car could go even faster!! But maybe that’s a job for a few years time?
In Germany, FF3 was also the first jet funny car to run a 1/4 mile 5 second run at NitrOlympX, Hockenheim. Something that had eluded us even with FF1 over 10 years ago. For some reason (maybe the heat or the altitude) the cars have always struggled to run the times that come so natural on home soil. Needless to say, it was a great feeling to see a ‘5’ on the board!
The jet dragster, FireForce 5 has gained more runs this year and aside from the problems, has put in some good perfomances, running a 1/4 mile ET of 5.1769 seconds back in June 2015. With an 1/8th mile at 231mph and a 1/4 mile at 294mph, both times and speed are increasing nicely. Who knows a ‘4’ might be in the pipeline for 2016??
And we haven’t forgotten about Number 4! I had hoped that FF4 would make an appearance some time in 2015 but with all the other issues, my priority was to get FF3 and FF5 running.
As a non sponsored, self funded, self taught jet enthusiast, I will continue to build jets and race jets as long as I can. The support of our fans and the companies that assist me in the maintenance of the jets, means a lot. Without you, FireForce would be nothing.
So here’s to 2016. Our first outing is at Festival of Power over the Easter weekend in March. See you there!
Happy New Year, see you in 2016!!
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