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Posted 10 March 2013 - 04:22 AM

Sorry guys I forgot this topic completely and just came across it when I was looking at older posts.

 

Here we go again, more Super Pro Street Cars.

 

Tomi Pellinen's '56 Chevy. It has Blown Methanol engine and it sounds just like ProMod to me... Steel bodied. This is pretty wild car...

 

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Kaj Erik Nieminen's Chevy Corvette. It has big engine and some NOS.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 04:34 AM

Atte Nyberg's Chevy Camaro with Blown Methanol engine, to me it sounds very ProMod like. It didn't work that nicely on its first race, but I guess they will make it run nicely to the next season.

 

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It's a shame I can't get the sound in this image...

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Then Hannu Flink's '41 Willys. This has huge engine and NOS, best ET so far 6,9. He does always very nice burnouts!

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And one Video I filmed at Finals 2012:



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Posted 10 March 2013 - 11:02 AM

Niko....great pics thanks for sharing

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 05:57 AM

Thanks and glad to hear you have enjoyed the ride.

 

Now the situation is, that we have went through all Finnish Championchip car categories. So next I will move on to Finnish Pro Stock, Pro Mod etc teams, so called Professional Classes who drive European Championchip series. :D 

 

First in line there is Pro Stock, where we have only two Finnish teams.

 

First Richard "Nixxon" Sundblom. He has been few times the second on European Championchip standings, but he has never won the championchip I guess. He drives Chevy Cobalt, best ET is somewhere about 6,6 seconds.

 

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Then other team, which has been racing Pro Stock for only two (or three, can't remember surely) years, Österberg Racing. Driver is Sampsa Palos, who is really good driver, too. Best ET is at low 6,7s. He has won a couple of races with that car.

 

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 04:32 AM

So you think we have no Pro Modifieds in Finland? If you did, you're wrong.

 

First Kristian Nyström's '57 Chevy Pro Mod. Best ET is 6,16. Car is built by Andy Robinson Race Cars.

 

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Timo Äikää's '62 Chevy Bel Air Bubbletop. This car has 899 Cid engine with NOS. Can't remember the best ET for this one, though.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 04:49 AM

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Then we have Tami Brander with his '69 Camaro. He built this car few years ago, and it runs nicely. Best ET is 6,148 seconds.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:36 PM

Then we have Marko Lantto from Flat Out Racing. He goes always Full Throttle and he don't lift up the throttle very easily. The car is '81 Chevy Corvette, best ET is around 6,3 seconds.

 

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But on Last year's second event, it seemed to be slippery for this Vette...

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And a Video (Not Mine).

 

Sometimes he does huge burnouts, too. Don't care about the Corvette guy, don't know who he is and the video is not mine either.



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Posted 13 July 2013 - 09:27 PM

More Pro Modifieds!

 

Jari Parén's '63 Corvette. It has 762 Cid Fulton engine with NOS. I don't know the best ET for this one, though.

 

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And Tero Laukkanen who was mentioned in SPS category, has moved to ProMod. He has still that Twin Turbo Mustang.

 

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Those are the current drivers of Pro Mod. Though here are two cars that I haven't seen on track for a while.

 

Seppo Saapola & '57 Chrysler 300. Really nice and fast car, 2006 he was Third at European Championship. If I remember correctly, 2009 was the last time when I saw him on track.

 

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And Tomi Pöntinen's Camaro.

 

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 03:37 AM

hey niko, maybe this will fit your interests. recently, my friends at  precision chassis completed a rebuild on a  car for a guy out in your neck of the woods. his name is victor jansson. i understand he purchased the car from a gentleman who "tagged the wall". victor then sent it over to precision chassis to have it fixed. the car was originally built by precision for duece staley. any way here are some before during and after pics of the car.

 

as it arrived.

 

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front halved.

 

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new body.

 

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new nitous system. plus a ton of other stuff .

 

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back home and doing a burnout.

 

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 01:28 AM

Thanks for the info & pictures Dave! I've seen pictures of that car, but can't remember whose car it was before Victor bought it. Very nice car and I'm sure it runs very good.

 

Here are two Finnish Top Methanol Funny Car drivers. First Johnny Oksa who is driving his dad's (Jarmo Kuutniemi's) car. Jarmo passed away because of health issues, and this car needed to get back on the strip. So Jarmo's son Johnny drove the license and he has been racing with the car this season very nicely, especially when he has no experience of Drag Racing before stepping into TMFC.

 

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And then Ari Pietilä who has another Jarmo Kuutniemi's car. This is the car that Jarmo drove before buying that Dodge Charger. It was a Chevy Camaro then, but Pietilä's team turned it into Dodge Intrepid.

 

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 02:54 AM

Awesome thread, Niko.  {Sorry I missed it before!}

 

Excellent pix and some really outstanding cars.  Glad to see racing is alive and thriving in your country! 



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 08:55 PM

Thanks Danno! There are many cars in Finland for sure, and luckily racing is alive. :D

 

There are two Top Methanol Dragsters in Finland. First one is driven by Marko Leivo and this is Arto Höylä's old car that has a Personal Best of 5,7 Seconds if I remember correct.

 

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And Esko Raisvuo who has that A/Fuel Dragster. Best ET is around 5,6 if I remember correct. Not my picture.

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 02:34 PM

question for you nikko. (maybe someone has already asked and i just missed it) do the fuel cars (t/f and funny car) run 1320 ft. or 1000 ft. like here?



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 09:16 PM

I think no one has asked that yet, or if someone has, then I must have forgotten that too. :D  It was a couple of years ago when Top Fuelers started to run 1000FT instead of the regular 1320. Though there are only a couple of Nitro Funny Cars here in Europe, and they don't drive on every race. Though it looks like they are getting more popular all the time. B)

 

And now let's post all Finnish Top Fuel Dragsters. Last year on the European Championship, Finnish TF Drivers took all places from 1 to 6. :blink:

 

None of these pictures are mine, usually I take videos of these things.

 

First Risto Poutiainen who started driving Top Fuel Dragsters in 1991. He drove a few years then and had a little break of racing. In 2009 he was back on track and he has placed 2nd on European Championship three times, in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and 2012 he won the European Championship.

 

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This happened at Alastaro Nitro Nationals 2010. Stig Neergard & Risto Poutiainen crashed very badly. Both cars ended to the center line after finishing line and Stig pulled the chute straight on Risto's eyes and the cars hit each others. Poutiainen's car destroyed completely, and yes, it was brand new car. Stig's car didn't damage that bad.

 

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This happened on Friday, at the second qualification round. Since there are four in total, Poutiainen's team started building a new car. Their times were disqualified, but after working the whole night and next day with help and parts from other teams, they were ready for the last Qualifying Round as the only guy that is out from the ladder. But Risto ran very nicely on that round taking the # 1 Qualifying Spot with the new car they had just built.

 

On the Eliminations Risto ran to the Finals where Timo Lehtimäki beat him. The win marginal was a couple of thousands of a second. :blink:

 

This is the Final Round.

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Then Timo Lehtimäki. Another fast TF Driver and this car is pretty consistant too.

 

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Anita Mäkelä. The only woman who has won the European Championship in Top Fuel. She started driving Competition class already in the '80s.

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Then Jari Halinen. "Jari started his drag racing career in 1984. Since then he has won several Finnish Chamionships, a nordic Championship, and run numerous records. Jari has driven dragsters and altereds in Competition class, and also Top Methanol Dragster before moving to Top Fuel in 2007."

 

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Then Antti Horto. "He started his race career in Junior Dragster in 1996. After some successful years he gained his Super Comp license in 2001, and won the Finish Championship the same year. In 2002 he took his Competiton Dragster license and competed in both B/D Dragster, where he finished no1, and Super Comp were he finished in third place." 2011 He drove Top Fuel license and this year he is the current leader in European Championships.

 

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And last - but not least, Janne Ahonen who has been Racing since 2003-2006 in Competition Eliminator, and 2006 he moved to Top Fuel Dragster.

 

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 12:45 AM

Wow Niko those are some great pics lots of inspiration there, and I thought we were the only one's that had real drag racing, man I got fooled (lol) :lol:  thanks for sharing!! :D 



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Posted 29 July 2013 - 01:04 AM

Thanks Larry. Yeah I thought that some of you guys might not know that there is Drag Racing in Finland too, that's why I decided to start this thread. :lol:

 

Now I will post some non-Finnish Drag Cars in here that I have seen Racing in Finland.

 

Let's start with Stockers & Super Stockers. B)

 

This D/S Fairlane was driven by Lars Nyberg this year, but I can remember that Lars Boden has been driving it also... These guys come from Sweden.

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Then Rick McCann who comes from London, England with this Super Stock Camaro. He does huge wheelstands.

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Hans Nilsson with this Super Stock Chevelle. Very nice car, also from Sweden.

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Then Björn Bondesson with this B/SA Chevelle. He is from Sweden too.

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Per Fageström's '69 Camaro comes from Sweden too.

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Daniel Nyling who bought the car that Jarmo Markkanen drove here in Finland for 19 years, another Swedish guy.

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And Pelle Andersson's Nova.

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Thomas Sundström's Mustang.

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Håkan Nordström's Plymouth Cuda. This runs very, very nicely, and he is usually the Number one Qualifier.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 01:23 AM

Christer Lidberg's Roadrunner.

 

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Uffe Edwardsson's Challenger..

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Daniel Nyling drove this Chevy Nova in 2009. Very nice car.

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Can't remember the driver for this Fairlane.

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Two SS/AH Hemi Barracudas Side By Side. Timo Eronen's Barracuda was posted here earlier, but on the Left Lane you can see Anders Holmberg's Barracuda, if I remember his name correct.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 10:13 AM

I will post some pictures of this year's Drag Race Events here in Finland. First event is FHRA Drag Race week, and this was the first time when our Chevelle was on the track! First a couple of pics of it.

 

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Here is Lindström Racing Website. A complete Race Report can be found Here.

 

Other Pics.

 

Joakim Viklund's Mustang...Over 800 Cid Engine makes it running 7,4 ETs.

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Samu Kemppainen was testing his Nitro Harley. He ran a couple of 6,7s there.

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Jarmo Markkanen had some clutch problems with his Firebird, but anyway he made it to the finals in Stock & Super Stock.

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Jukka Mattila's '26 Ford T. He is a member of Rust Racing.

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Also Tami Brander was doing Test and Tune runs. He drove 6,15 if I remember correctly.

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Timo Mäkelä's AMC Javelin.

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And Hannu Tekoniemi's Javelin.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 11:02 AM

WOW! All those US door cars smokin' it up in Finland! Now I know where all the missing muscle cars are.

 

great photos.

 

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 09:29 AM

Heh, thanks Dale. It sure is great when there is real Drag Racing...

 

Some Videos from Drag Race Week.

 

Our Qualifying Runs

Our Elimination Runs.

And A Slow Motion Launch.

 

'67 Plymouth Vip runs 7,901 in Street D!

Street Qualification.

Some Super Comp passes...

Some Super Pro ET Qualifying Runs.

Outlaw Qualifying Highlights.

Super Pro Street Qualification.

 

More Tomorrow...