Some late 2021 season updates from within Canada’s realm of drag racing — presented by KHR….

Noakes Noteworthy — Canadian TAFC star driver Paul Noakes (London ON) did have a shift in focus during 2021 – when he debuted an Undercover-chassis dragster effort. Paul purchased this (formally TJ Schippling 8.90 car) for his aspiring daughter Brooklyn who is poised and now ready to graduate up from a very successful Junior Dragster career. The dragster which features a 565 CID Steve Schmidt BBC and a 2-speed Power glide transmission did get out a towards the second half of last season — where Brooklyn completed the cockpit orientation portion of her licensing process and did a couple of 150 foot hits. Paul and Brooklyn plan to progress her career in 2022 by running local bracket races first until she is comfortable. Then eventually they will enter into the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series — Division 3 Super Comp class fray.
Trick Truck Tidbit — Alberta’s Jason Padd – one of Western Canada’s top rated and most successful Top Dragster drivers – has also begun to further expand his racing horizons. Last season, in addition to his TD he was also refining a 1975 model Chevy LUV truck — which is destined for ET bracket racing. In fact Jason did previously own this truck (from 2004 – 2008) and repurchased it. “My main reason for getting the truck back is for big bracket races — where they separate door cars and dragsters until the later rounds. This truck is set up to run top or bottom bulb racing,” Jason revealed. Padd did have his truck out rather frequently (within Canada) this season – putting some 60 laps on it — both 1/8th and 1/4 mile — running 6.0 secs and 9.6 secs respectively. The lightweight little pickup, which features an aluminum cylinder head 421 SBC and a Power-glide transmission, is scheduled to receive a paint scheme this winter.
Ed Excels! — Ontario’s Maxima-presented Canada Heads Up (CHU) drag racing season did produce a popular first time titlist when Ed Szram prevailed for that series’ Super Street points championship. Racing a Tim McAmis-kit car that was completely rebuilt 2 years ago – Szram (from Mount Albert ON) had strong efforts at all four season races attended — which included notching his first every CHU circuit victory (at Cayuga in July). The ’69 Camaro (equipped with a Joe Van Overbeek body) is powered by a nitrous assisted 692 CID BBC that Ed’s team self-assembled after expert machine work from Ajax Engines. This fast improving and hard running Camaro team also includes crew chief Russ Ransome and well as Ed’s two sons Chadwick and Clayton.
Paolo’s Progression — Race fans at eastern Ontario’s Luskville Dragway did get to witness the first ever runs for Paolo Guist’s Camaro TAFC this season. Paolo Guist (and his wife Shannon) who are also very colourful and popular participants within the wild world of Pro Mod and Small Tire circuit drag racing – did acquire their Camaro-bodied machine from California-based Brian Smith Motorsports last off season. “We made 6 test runs — it went a best of 4.13 secs @ 172 mph — lifting at 500 feet”, Paolo reported. Racing plans for 2022 for the TAFC will be mostly of a exhibition focus however a trip to Illinois’ Cordova Dragway (now owned by Danny Crownheart) and the possibility of a MWDRS circuit race appearance — are considerations.
A Title for Tom! Tom Orr enjoyed a rewarding first score in a recently acquired 2019 Corvette. Tom — from Shawville PQ – was the winner for the 5.50 index class during the recent Snowbird Nationals at Bradenton Florida (Dec 5th). Orr drove his machine to victory over that 15 cars entered eliminator. Tom’s Corvette is a Dan Page built machine which he acquired just last August from Kevin Poitras (also from Quebec) – Poitras is 1/2 of the formidable Beaulieu-Poitras Team*. The expertly prepped and all carbon fibre Corvette does feature a 598 CID BBC rated at just under 1000 HP. Tom credits Charlie and Rick from RJS and Neil Woodman for behind the scenes help. His race plans include some of the “Big Dollar” events within the USA this winter and then to dabble in some NHRA Lucas Oil Series S/G class 9.90 index racing next season. “It’s been 3 years since l have been in a race car — it feels real good.” Tom added.

(*Editor’s Note: DragRaceCanada will post a feature on this team – coming early in the New Year).

Posted by Bruce Biegler
Photos by Bruce Biegler – John Chambers – Stacee Richards — Benjamin Shackelford (KC Photography)