Firstly, we hope you are all staying safe and well during these strange times. Secondly, we apologise for the lack of updates on our website but the modern world now sees a monumental shift to the world of social media so we concentrate a lot of our effort into our Facebook and Instagram pages. https://www.facebook.com/fireforcejets
Today, Friday 11th September sees our first official event of 2020 at NOT The European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway. As many of you know, the FIA cancelled the FIA championship for 2020 due to Covid-19 so Santa Pod decided to host their own Drag Racing event as a replacement. So for the next three days FireForce 3 Jet Funny Car and FireForce 5 Jet Dragster will be taking to the track with solo and side-by-side runs.
In ‘normal’ seasons, September would be the wind down for us. Our season would usually start in March and run through to October with us attending at least 20 events. To now be in September and attending our first event is a strange adjustment for sure. But we are here and we are glad to be back.
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To start, you must forgive us for the lack of updates on this website. The days of Social Media are upon us an it is far quicker and easier to post photos, videos and information on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages – @fireforcejets if you wish to find us.
Anyway, in continuation of us celebrating 30 years of FireForce in 2019, we are pleased to announce that FireForce 2 will take to the track at Dragstalgia at Santa Pod Raceway on 13th & 14th July 2019.
FireForce 2 (the yellow one) made a successful comeback after a 14 year absence back at Festival of Power over the Easter weekend an we are delighted to be able to bring it back out for this nostalgic weekend of drag racing in just a few days time.
FireForce 5 Jet Dragster has just completed it’s 6th consecutive 300mph+ runs last Sunday. JapShow held at Santa Pod Raceway on 10th June saw all manner of Japanese vehicle enthusiasts gather at Pod and FireForce 5 launched another sterling run clocking up a 308.33mph in 5.16 seconds.
Whilst FireForce 5 was at the Classic Ford Show just one week prior, a timing system failure meant that there was no recorded speed or time – much to our disappointment.
So, let’s re-cap;
Fast Show – Sun 29th April 2018
5.063 seconds @ 308.34mph (ET PB to date)
FIA Main Event – 26th – 28th May 2018
email@example.com (PB Speed to date and the quickest & fastest jet outside North America)
JapShow – Sun 10th June 2018
As with everything, you can only perform at these speeds for so long before it takes it’s toll and FireForce 5 now needs a little maintenance in preparation for the forthcoming event.
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The down season over the winter certainly doesn’t mean that work gets quieter for Martin. This year though, was a busier one than usual.
The trusty old FireForce transit van had a total makeover with a new lick of paint and new graphics making the old boy seem sparkly and new!
AND………we are pleased to reveal that FireForce 3 has had a revamp!
The colour is slightly different and the graphics have been tweaked a little but we wanted to keep the car relatively the same so it kept the familiarity of FireForce 3. We know many people have grown up with this car and the fact that it has performed all over Europe at many events, we didn’t want to go for a whole new design and lose the essence of FF3.
But at the same time, we wanted to make it different enough so that it wasn’t a carbon copy of the original design. Hopefully people will like the new look FireForce 3.
We liaised with Santa Pod Raceway on the colour and graphics which resulted in the end product. We extend our sincere thanks to Santa Pod for their continued support with Number 3!
Massive thanks go to Tim at Colourkraft for the superb paintwork and to Mark from Sign Style for the graphics. The professionalism, standard of work and the quick turn around time in which both the van and body were completed was amazing. Thanks Guys!!
So, as we look towards the Easter weekend and our first outing of 2018 at the Festival of Power, we look forward to getting back on the track. Let’s just hope the weather doesn’t stop us.
The last few weeks have been a bit manic to say the least. Both Bug Jam and USC at Santa Pod saw rain affect some of our scheduled runs.
After USC, we loaded Number 3 ready for the Bulldog Bash at Shakespeare County Raceway. We managed one solo run on Friday but the side by side with Split Second was cancelled due to rain. We had better luck on Saturday when we managed both the solo and side by side!
After our side by side run on Saturday, we gt packed up and drove straight back to Santa Pod in preparation for Mini in the park on Sunday 13th August.
Thankfully the rain stayed away and we managed 2 stout runs with Number 5, a 5.3@296mph and 5.3@284mph!
Next up was NitrOlympX at Hockenheim. The side by side run to close the Saturday Night Show was cancelled as one lane was out of action so FireForce 3 and Dragon Hunter did solo runs instead. On Sunday, the side by sides took place to close the event
Whilst Martin and the team were at NitrOlympX, Julian Webb took to the controls of FireForce 5 back at Santa Pod for the UK Monster Truck Nationals. Julian managed a steady 5.55@285mph supported by his crewman Chris!
The Junior Drag Racing Fun Day on Thursday 24th August saw Martin back at the wheel of FireForce 5 for this free family fun day!
Whilst there wasn’t an event for us over the August Bank Holiday, there was a lot to prepare for as FireForce 3 made it’s way to Norway for the Rudskogen Motor Festival. Whilst the Rudskogen Motor Park was not a dragstrip, there was enough of a straight section for Martin to do the afterburner show, a launch before pulling the chutes. The crowds were delighted by this new spectacle at their track and both Martin and the guys had a memorable time in Norway!
Again, whilst Martin was away with Number 3, Julian Webb held the fort back at Santa Pod at the VW Action event over Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September. Julian’s run on Saturday was 5.37@281mph and then a storming 5.36@296mph on Sunday! Our sincere thanks to Julian, Chris and Roy for representing Team FireForce during Martin’s commitments overseas.
Both FireForce 3 and FireForce 5 were ready for action for the FIA European Finals over 8th – 10th September, however the weather had other ideas. Rain over all of the 3 days meant that only 2 of our scheduled runs took place. One run for Number 5 on Friday evening and one for Number 3 on Sunday afternoon.
It was a bitterly disappointing weekend for all the team and despite everyone’s best efforts, the great British weather defeated us all!
Next up for Martin and FireForce is FordFest at Santa Pod on Sunday 17th September!
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