Man with a van challenge part 1 - Top Gear - BBC
Part one of two. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May take to the
Top Gear track as their £1000 vans are subjected to a series of distinctly
non-industry standard tests!
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Mantorp Park 2009
Harlan Thompson left the United States drag racing scene in 1980 to race in
Europe. Thompson had raced his funny cars, the Fireball Vega, the Fireball
Monza, the Tom n Jerry Mustang, and Saturday Night Fever
Starfire. The Tre Kronor job came by chance. Knut Soderqvist and Thompson
frequented the same NY speed shop. Soderqvist offered the driving job on
his newly acquired top fueler to Thompson. Thompson declined the job, but
he told Soderqvist if he bought a funny car he would be interested. Knut
Soderqvist bought Ed McCullochs former Arrow from Roy Wickard for $6,500.
Soderqvist and Thompson took the car to Maple Grove and ran a 6.43. The
team also ran at Lebanon Valley. The call went out to Roy Phelps, then
owner of England's Santa Pod Raceway, that Soderqvist had a six-second
funny car to book. Soderqvist moved back home to Sweden with Thompson and
the Tre Kronor Arrow. The Soderqvist and Thompson team made its European
debut at Santa Pod in July 1980 and won the World Finals against Gene Snow
a couple of months later. The pair became the dominant funny car team in
Europe for the next 15 years until the duo split.