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I got this first pic made one year ago and all because I did have a gentleman visiting my trailer at the Doorslammers 2019! 🙂

One year ago today Darryl Bradford came to my trailer in England, I’m not sure but I think it was before we even made a pass or if it was during some drizzling. Anyway it was the first time (what I can remember) that I had a chat with him and I assume he was a bit interested about who I was now when I finally got my car to England and Santa Pod Raceway for the first time and I think this makes him the awesome speaker / commentator that he is, he search around to get info and fun facts to talk about before, during and after the run so he can introduce the racers for the spectators on the grand stands! I really wish more speakers could do that, I mean do the home work! =D

Anyway we did talk some and he was about to leave the trailer and he stopped and gets back to me and asks me “But Andreas I must ask you, why a Big Block Chevy? It must make it all so much harder!? All the other guys and girls are running Hemis” and I did reply without thinking one second, “BECAUSE ITS FUN” 😉 And everyone are able to buy a Hemi and I don’t want one! Well maybe the day I put my Chevy in a million pieces and it will be a stupid amount to repair it then maybe… 😉 Darryl just looked at me laughed and mumbled “because it’s fun, haha! You are different for sure” 🙂

And to be honest I don’t think he believed me (together with many more) that I would succeed with my goal with the trip to England and become the worlds fastest conventional headed standard bore space Big Block Chevrolet in a door car! I mean I needed to take away almost a whole second from my earlier personal best on the 1/4 mile!

But after a couple of passes he named our Swedish Self-Built Bad Ass Doorslammer “The House brick on wheels from hell!!” Look forward to hear you describe my Chevelle again and how patience Sofi is and stands beside me! Sad for sure that this years Doorslammer and Main Event got suspended…

So last year we ended up with a 5.8813 @ 242.55mph or 390.35km/h on the 1/4 mile!!! funny thing is that I haven’t done anything to the motor since 2017, no need to update anything because I haven’t used it all yet! Next funny thing is that I still haven’t used it all yet! I have done better on 60ft, 330ft and on the 1/8 mile before England last year so I know I have more in the motor and better numbers are coming!! I have spent A LOT of time looking at graphs and I got ideas and stuff to try out, 3.7? and 5.7? Is what I’m looking for next year at the 2021 Doorslammers! =)

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Season 2020, the year to get more than way prepared for the season 2021! Maybe the trailer will be all done!?!?

For one year I have been looking forward to one thing, heading for the Doorslammers and Main Event at Santa Pod in 2020!..

This should have been a little bit of a celebration year for me because in September it will be 10 years since I made the first pass ever with the brand new and the one and only Chevrolet Chevelle 65 outlaw doorslammer! 10 years already, It’s kind of crazy how time flies! 🙂

I have been quiet for a while now, how are you out there? Hope you all are feeling good and are healthy in these shitty Corona times!… 🙁

I started to prepare stuff around the race car really early last year and we are missing pretty much just fuel and then we need to service the car and we are ready to race again, but it haven’t been easy! First of all we have lost a lot of partners and the reason is that some of them have sold the companies, some are getting older so they have closed down the business and one really important partner left the world last year…. RIP Uffe! So right now getting the funds needed to race is pretty hard!

But still going to England in 2020 have been on my mind since we left last year so in some way I would make it happen!

Next thing, then I never started to service the car because it was a rumor going around in the beginning of February that we would not be allowed to make 1/4 mile passes on Main Event this year at Santa Pod (only 1/8 mile passes instead) and that is because some people don’t want us there at all at The Main Event… And if course it was not Santa Pod or Keith Bartlett that didn’t want us, (Keith made it possible for us to be there but only make 1/8 mile passes) he loves our outlaw doorslammers and the spectators at Santa Pod still talks about Doorslammer and Main Event 2019 and the awesome show that we gave them! Just like many times before its some specific people around a track in Sweden, some organizers and a couple of racers that don’t like us and I really wonder why people that are working for and around dragracing are working against our class?!?

It’s just stupid but of course, they are just afraid of us, that’s the only reason I can find in this childish behavior, people at the events, the spectators, media and all other tracks love to have us at the events because we are putting on a really good show and the ones that don’t wants us there can’t compete with our grown up behavior and quality so all I can say about them is just fu.. you! And I hope that this will bite you in the ass in the future if you continue to destroy for us!…

This is how she looks right now, haven’t done anything since I shut off the motor after the last record setting pass in May last year at Santa Pod!

This pretty much sums it all up, behind the back some racers, track owners, organizers and on top of that the Corona Virus!….

Decisions decisions!….

This is all we have done to the car so far, got the parts we needed to put one more spare trans together.

Suspended is a really boring word!… Think this is so sad, have been looking forward to one thing since we left the track that Tuesday morning after Main Event at Santa Pod last year…. Yes going back for the Doorslammers and Main Event in 2020! 🙁

Fuck that China Virus is all I can say!….

Some driving school!

Practice driving.

And finally, no more practice driving! 🙂 I decided I the beginning of February that if we are going to England I need to get that truck and trailer driving license fixed, and so I did. Bought some stuff to start studying the first week of February, 2.5 week later I made the theoretical test for the truck license, 1 week later I made the practical driving test, 1 week after that it was time for the theoretical test for the trailer license and then it was a long wait for almost 4 weeks to find a time for the practical driving test for the trailer license, but at this time I already knew that we won’t go to England because of the Covid-19 so I wasn’t in a hurry anymore!… But finally I can drive my own rig all by myself and I must say a HUGE THANKS to Max for all his help with the private practical driving that made my both driving licenses as cheap as possible! =)

Next thing I wanted to achieve before this season started was to lose 10 kilos (22 pounds) or so and of course I did, started January 12 and reached it April 9! So now what? Gain it so I can lose it once again to next year? Hahaah! 😉

Right now I don’t think we will do any racing at all this year…. Maybe some testing if the dates will work out for us in the team! But stay tuned more to come about work we have done on the trailer during the quiet time!

 

I realized that I forgot to share our thanks for your support picture that I give to our partners, sponsors and the special people that helped us out in some way making it possible for Sjödin Motorsport / ÅBM Racing to achieve what we did plan to do during 2019, I said already in September 2018 that we will go to Santa Pod and set a world record with our Chevrolet Big Block powered conventional headed Swedish Self-Built Bad Ass Doorslammer and I kept saying that all the way until we came to England and made that world record setting pass (twice) and ended up with a 5.88@242.5mph or 390km/h, how about that!? 😉

A lot of people said that I won’t be able to do that with the Chevelle, instead it got a new name from the tower at Santa Pod Raceway “The Brick On Wheels From Hell” and I’m more than satisfied with that! 😀

Thanks to all of you that made our short but record setting 2019 season possible! 🙂 The picture sums up everything good from this year but also is a tribute to our friend and number 1 fan Ulf Schill that left us last year way too young… 🙁

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Time to finally get the lighting and electrical power in the trailer permanently installed!

Just because we haven’t done anything on the Chevelle it doesn’t mean that we forgot about the trailer! 😉

Finally we have pretty much all the electrical power and working lights in the whole trailer!

Me and Sofi have spent a couple of hours or maybe more from September to December pulling cords and mounting power outlets everywhere and I have tried to find out where and what I want when it comes to switches, lights and power outlets…

Well after all I think it turned out really good!

A huge thanks to John Björkman that helped me fix the mess I created and got everything hooked to the electrical power central, thanks for that because I really don’t like this high voltage stuff! 😀

Felt pretty good to remove all the extension cords and the temporary electrical central that we have been using for the last 3-4 years!… 😉

Now on to next thing in the trailer what ever that will be!… We are moving on slowly but right now at least in the right direction on everything we are doing! 🙂

 

One week ago me and Sofi got the Chevelle back on the pro jacks about 7 months after we made the last pass in England and now it’s back in the winter spot in the ÅBM shop! Kind of funny that it should take 4 months to get it out from the trailer and then 3 months to move it a couple of meters to the side… Time flies for sure! I really hope that 2020 will be a better year and I year when I can spend more time on the racing instead…. 🙂

Now it’s time to start think about and make a plan on what to do and not to do during this coming season!

 

Sjödin Motorsport / ÅBM Racing want to wish all our friends, fans and partners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Look forward to see what to come during 2020! =D

 

First time at PRI for me!

PRI was a cool deal, first time for me and it was way bigger that what I could imagine, to next time I need to be more prepared so I can make a plan for who to visit and talk to! 🙂

Manton Pushrods / Rockerarms.

Alan Johnson Performance Engineering.

CP Carrillo.

Neal Chance Racing Converters.

Noonan Race Engineering.

But I went by some companies and met some people I know plus a lot of new fun ones and on top of that some party of course! 😉

Thanks to Jonnie Lindberg for the hospitality and it was fun to catch up some time together and work of course, what else would gear heads do when they meet!? I will be back! =D

 

Saturday last week started early at 05:00 after a loong working week… But me and Max did have a mission to complete! =)

A huge thanks to Jörgen Berg at Lastvagnsverkstan in Smedjebacken for helping me and Max out on a Saturday to adjust the brakes on the trailer correctly, it’s a hell lot easier when you are able to test how the brakes are working after the adjustment when you got a stand up friend that got a brake tester for heavy vehicles and are willing to help you out on a Saturday!

Now the trailer is inspected and a proved and ready for what to come during the next season and we did also find time to change out a bad air damper to the truck cabin!

Lastvagnsverksta’n in Smedjebacken your one stop truck and and trailer repair shop! =D