If you’ve attended an English race meeting over the past thirty years, the chances are you will have seen Dave ‘Grumpy’ Wilson, fuelled by alcohol! Before questioning just what drives a man to thirty years of addiction, a look back over his incredible career as a multi Championship winner in the Top methanol class of the quarter mile sport, may just give us some insight.
It’s fair to say that “What Dave Wilson doesn’t know about racing in the alcohol class isn’t worth knowing”. He’s a five-time FIA European Top Methanol winner, with various British Championships and race wins to his name. Since his first experience of a dragster in the late 1970s to the present day, Grumpy has been through the highs and lows of a self-funded team, to a hugely successful sponsorship programme which has enabled him to achieve success not only in Europe, but also in the Americans’ own back yard.
After such huge success, it was always going to be difficult to finally hang up the race suit but the time has some to announce the Dave Wilson Racing Farewell Tour 2011. This season will be Dave’s last chance to ass one more FIA European title to his impressive collection.
Dave Wilson commented “It has to happen sometime and I feel that this is the right time to retire from driving. I suppose as one door closes, another opens and I’m keen to see my dragster go on to fulfil its full potential and carry on winning races! This is a great opportunity for someone to come in and take on the car and have as much fun as I have. Let’s talk! I’m open to offers to buy the complete operation, hire a drive for races or the complete FIA tour. There are many options and I’m open to discussing them all”. The car will be available after the FIA European Finals at Santa Pod on 8th-11th September and gives a fantastic opportunity to be involved in one of the sports pinnacle classes, with a race-proven car.
To mark Grumpy’s Farewell Tour, a new website has been put together by 3t creative, which can be found at www.davewilsonracing.co.uk. The site includes some fantastic images from Grumpy’s archive as well as a full history of his hugely successful career.
Dave Wilson Racing will be contesting the complete FIA Top Methanol Dragster Championship Tour in 2011, with backing from key partners Silverline Tools and Sony Playstation. Be sure to visit the team pit and wish Dave well for one final year. As Dave says, “It’s the last chance!”.