5.84 Or Bust: Andy Frost’s Middle East Adventure Gets Underway

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As we revealed here on Dragzine back in August, Englishman Andy Frost, a former world record holder for street legal vehicles, will be trekking across the European continent and the Mediterranean Sea at the dawn of the new year to the relatively small island nation of Bahrain, in an all-hands-on-deck effort to reclaim his title.

Frost has been meticulously building toward what he’s considering a once in a lifetime opportunity, spending the last year refreshing his world famous Red Victor 3 Vauxhall with all the parts and pieces needed to achieve his goal, while at the same time fundraising, mostly in secrecy, to acquire the significant funds needed to make the trip a reality.

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Photo cortesy Ivan and Rose Hughes

Frost was given clearance earlier this year to make runs at the world-class Bahrain International Circuit during the Bahrain Drag Racing Championship series, which opened last month and continues into March. The trip will afford Andy not only the opportunity to make runs on one of the finest racing surfaces in the world, but also to sync up with tuner shane Tecklenburg, who is already present at the BDRC in his role as a tuner for Ebrahim Kanoo’s EKanoo Racing team.

With the months of planning in the rearview mirror, Frost and company began to make final preparations for the trip in September, beginning with one final outing a the Euro Finals to test everything on the car before sending it to sea. That, however, is where the wheels nearly fell off, as on one particular run, a valve seat came out of the cylinder head on the launch, sending the team into code-red mode to get it repaired — a process that required two months of crunch-time effort to get done.

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“This was a very lucky break (pun intended). At first it didn’t look too bad, but as we got into it we discovered it would take quite a bit of work to fix the heads,” Frost says. “We all know drag racing is like that, but it put us back quite a lot. What the test did tell us is that we needed to make a couple of changes, and along with the work on the heads meant we had to cancel the shipping until we had done the work needed.”

After making the repairs, Frost loaded the car into his truck, along with all the spare parts and tools he could possibly fit and dropped it off at port in late November, where it was loaded aboard a cargo vessel for its long journey. The ship, which departed on December 8, is expected to arrive in Bahrain on January 3, where it will be picked up and stored by the EKanoo team until the Red Victor teams’ arrival in time for the final three BDRC meetings (round 3 kicks off January 10). At that point, it will be game-on for Frost, Tecklenburg, and everyone involved to push the car beyond Jeff Lutzs’ 5.85-second world record.

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“We decided to do the last three meetings instead of our original plan, and have the car absolutely ready for kill in Bahrain. Make no mistake, Jeff Lutz has set the bar incredibly high, and our portly 2,950 pound car is going to take a beating to get close to his numbers,” Frost shares. “But, we have the power in the Lamude Racing engine, we have the best tuning guy in the world in Shane Tecklenburg, and we are going to a place which is one of the best tracks in the world. If we are going to do this, then everything is right for it to happen. The whole team is looking forward to arriving in Bahrain on January 7 and using their excellent facilities and EKanoo’s hospitality to go fast!”

Dragzine will be documenting each and every step of Frost’s trip to Bahrain and his world record attempts upon arrival in January, so keep it tuned right here for more!

About the author

Andrew Wolf

Andrew has been involved in motorsports from a very young age. Over the years, he has photographed several major auto racing events, sports, news journalism, portraiture, and everything in between. After working with the Power Automedia staff for some time on a freelance basis, Andrew joined the team in 2010.
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