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Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:51 PM

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That's it for Street. Next another Favorite group of mine: Stock & Super Stock!

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:06 AM

Great photos and video Niko. I like the Firebird pic and top fuel videos. Thanks for sharing. I cranked up the volume.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 02:53 AM

Thanx, Dave! Here's some more:

My Favorite car category, Stock/Super Stock (yes, they drive together here in Finland).

FHRA and NHRA Rules are the same, so I guess there's no need to explain them. :huh:

We have many great cars here in Finland, here they come:

First Timo Eronen's SS/AH Hemi Barracuda. Goes 8,9 times. B)
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Then Arto Sulopuisto's B/S Pontiac Firebird.
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Tarmo Mikkola's Camaro, runs in Super Stock, but can't remember the class. Goes high 9's anyway.
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Yrjö Wallius' Rambler American runs in SS/J and goes low 10's/high 9's.
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Posted 17 October 2012 - 03:00 AM

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Then this '71 Chevelle, driven by Hannu Palasmaa in A/S.
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Then '67 Camaro SS/HA (if I remember correctly.) This year it was driven by Anna Kaisa Manninen.
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Posted 17 October 2012 - 03:17 AM

Then this Buick Skylark driven by Noora Laine. Runs in K/SA and the best ET is about 12,3.
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Tarja Gynther's Chevy Camaro, runs in E/SA if I remember correctly.
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Iiro Mikkola's Chevy Nova:
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Jarmo Markkanen's Pontiac Firebird (the Green one). Bought from Jim Waldo. B) It ran 0,99 under the index this year, not bad I would say.
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Before changing to that Firebird, Jarmo Markkanen drove this '69 Nova for 19 years.
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Actually in that picture, Markkanen has already sold the Nova and driver is Daniel Nyling, but it looks the same as it did when Jarmo Markkanen was driving.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 03:26 AM

Very cool to see such high level drags outside of the U.S.! Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 04:16 AM

Hi Niko,

very nice Pictures. There are al lot of cool cars in Finnland. Specially the Barrcuda is pretty cool.
I´ve seen the Alastaro European Chemapionchip runs on live stream.
I live in germany and we also have a dragracing scene with some nice cars, if it´s ok for you i can share some Pics.

Next week a dream to me came true, i will fly to Las Vegas to an NHRA run..
Kind regards

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:36 PM

Thanks for the interest!

Yeah, sure, post pictures from Germany too! :D Do you have other Drag Strips than Hockenheim there? This year Hockenheim's track wasn't in perfect condition, but I can remember that at least Finnish TMFC Driver Jarmo Kuutniemi drove his record pass there.

Here are some more Finnish Stockers & Super Stockers:
First this Chevy Camaro driven by Asko Somppi in GT/CA (one of the sub-categories of Super Stock.)
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Then Jukka Johansson's Mercury Cougar Eliminator Stocker. B) I guess this is not the most common car in Stock Eliminator?
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You've seen this one already, but found cool picture of it, Tarmo Mikkola's Super Stock Camaro.
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Then Sami Toppari's AMC AMX Super Stocker...... This is one of the original SS AMX Drag Cars that were made for Drag Racing straight from the factory! http://ssamx.com/41.htm
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:43 PM

Then Chevy Chevelle Wagon driven By Anna Kaisa Manninen. It did run in P/SA. B)
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And then Pasi Mikkonen's Firebird. Pictures are from 2006 season. It did run in B/FI, what's that?! But I do remember that this was Very good and fast car, and if I remember correctly, it ran faster than NHRA Record in 2006 or 2007, can't remember which year it was.
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One better picture, not mine: http://kuvia.1g.fi/k...Nats-06-961.jpg

Then Some Old Gold:
Older pictures of Finnish Stockers, we had Lots of them in the 80's and 90's. And these pictures are NOT mine, I was not born then, but I've read all Finnish American Car Magazines etc. and here are some cars, I remember:

Martti "Luppe" Luoso's Buick Grand National.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:56 PM

Arto Sulopuisto's Chevy Nova, in Super Stock. Nowadays Sulopuisto is driving Stock Eliminator with Pontiac Firebird, I've posted a picture of it earlier on this page.
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P-A Skinnars' Cuda. This runs in Modified Stock, it was close of Super Stock, basically the same but with minor differences.
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Peter Alm's Dodge Polara with 426 Max Wedge:
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 11:07 PM

Pekka Penttilä's Modified Stock '62 Dart "Police".
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It was found in 2009 after many years:
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I'll post more if I can find pictures.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 08:06 AM

Nilo, enjoying the pics, thanks for posting.....love the wheels up action.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 09:03 AM

Hi Niko,

nice pics.
I will add some german Pics after my America Trip.

The only real Drag Racing track in germany is hockenheim, I´ve been there in the last ten years for every Race, but I´ve never seen the track in such a bad condition then this year.


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Posted 25 October 2012 - 04:14 AM

Thanks Roger and Marcus!

I really like Wheelstands too. B)

Looking forward to your pics, Marcus. They're always nice to see, there are interesting cars running in Hockenheim that I can't see in Finland. And yeah, the track was bad this year, I really hope (and guess) that it's better next year.

Next I'm going to introduce another car category: Outlaw!

Outlaw is basically Heads Up group, but there is a Safety Index of 7,50 and you can't go faster than that. Car can be with 4, 6 or 8 cylinder engines and they can be Blower Powered, with a Single turbo, Twin Turbo or without any blowers or turbos. NOS is allowed also. You can run with regular fuel, ethanol or methanol, but if you have blown car, you can't run with methanol.

These have to be door cars and scoop can't be higher than the roof :lol: .

Some examples:
Timo Mäkelä's AMC Javelin with 428 Cid. engine without blower of turbos. I'm not sure if there's NOS or not. Best ET around 8,0.
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Joakim Viklund's Mustang with Giant engine, it was over 800 Cid. No blower or turbo, and some NOS if I remember correctly. Best ET 7,4 but that's too fast in Outlaw.
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Then Kalle Mannerkoski's Plymouth Valiant. No idea about the engine size, but it has some NOS and best ET is 7,6 I guess.
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Pasi Ahonen's Chevy Camaro. Best ET 7,5.
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Risto Virtala's BMW with 2,2 liters Turbocharged 4 cylinder engine. Best ET is 7,4 I guess?
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:01 PM

Sorry about the little delay, I had problems with the internet connection.

Anyway, More Outlaw cars:
One of my favorites: Kenneth Wikberg's Dodge Dart with Pro Charger. I guess the best ET is around 7,9 seconds.
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Ari Nikko's Opel Omega Wagon with Pro Charger. Best ET is around 7,7 if I remember correctly.
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Hannu Kalliomäki's Camaro. This went easily 7,5 second times, but nowadays Kalliomäki drives Super Pro Street (Faster than Outlaw.) .
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Jari Sokura's '57 Chevy. It went 7,7's.
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Then my favorite: Tero Kirsilä's '69 Barracuda with Keith Black Hemi and Blower. This one is Loud. 7,9 is the best ET.
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:16 AM

Sorry about the long break, Guys.

Here are few more pics of Tero Kirsilä's Barracuda:
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There's a compilation of Outlaw Qualification Round 1 at Finnish Championchip Final event. You can see also this Barracuda there.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:22 AM

Now the Fastest Finnish Championchip car category! Super Pro Street!

This is group for Door Cars and the "Index" is 6,8 seconds. That time-range is maybe the biggest difference to Outlaw, and other one is that blown or turboed Methanol engines are allowed too. There are many very professional-type Teams and then some run with HomeMade cars, that's very cool in this group.

Otherwise the rules are quite the same than in Outlaw.

The 2012 season was the first for SPS, so all cars were not on track yet, next summer there should be more.

Examples:
Johan Gripenberg's Chevy Lumina runs with Small Block Chevy (!) and blower. This sounds mean.

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Then Hannu Mylläri's Dodge Avenger. This is with 377 Cid engine and one turbocharger. Best ET is around 7,0.
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Teemu Pekka's Chrysler LeBaron with Mopar 353 Cid. Engine and TwinTurbo setup. It has been going 7,2's if I remember correctly.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:33 AM

It's hard to believe that there are so many cool American cars in Finland.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:38 AM

Juha Räikkönen's Chevy Cobalt with 500 Cid. Pro Stock engine. Best ET is around 7,1 seconds, and he won the Finnish Championchip this year.
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Tero Laukkanen's Mustang with TwinTurbos and 520 Cubic Inches. It goes 7,1's, but he was driving Pro Modified license with that car, too. There he went 6,6's so there is potential.
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Hannu Kalliomäki's Pontiac, bought from as Nitro Fish car and now it looks like this. He ran one 6,9 second pass, until the engine broke down. :(
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:55 AM

Yes, Jim. They are long distance away from their factories! :lol:

Then Mikko Saarinen's Plymouth Cuda. Before he was driving Dodge Dart in Outlaw, but after crashing that one, he started to build Cuda.


"Mikko Saarinen (Finland, Outlaw) bought the meeting to a dramatic close with a heavy crash into the temporary wall in the right hand side of the shutdown area, hooking in front of Timo Makela’s Javelin. The weight of the impact sent debris from Saarinen’s Dodge Dart far and wide, Makela damaging the side of his car in getting out of the way, and then, as silence descended, there was the surreal rumble of the concrete wall collapsing for over 100 metres down track. Amazingly, Saarinen was able to drive home that night, a testimony to the strength of the rollcage as there wasn’t much else of the car left intact."

You can see that Timo Mäkelä sure had the cabin full of hands when trying not to hit anything in high speed.

Not the best video, but the only one I could find.


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