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"Sylvia Hauser filled (and I mean completely filled)
The Barn with burnout smoke from her Dodge.
When the smoke had cleared, literally and figuratively,
all our clothes and hair were covered in thousands of tiny balls
of molten rubber"
(Quote taken from Eurodragster.com)
This first page is so big it will take you at least an hour to go through it all,
but there are several other pages on the site as well (not so big !) links above,
so maybe start off with an easy one !
I started driving at the age of 6, sitting on my dad's knee, by the time I was 10, I was zooming around fields on a little Bantam 125cc motorcycle. At 13, I used to sneak my mums little MG Midget out when she was out, and drive up and down the M4...... she was always complaining to my Dad that she must have a petrol leak as she could not understand where the gas was going...... under my right foot of course!
My Dad, bless him taught me so much from driving to laying bricks, he was a wonderful man, and I will always miss him, I just hope he can see how well his grandson is doing, following in his daughters footsteps with the need for speed.
I passed my motorcycle test first time when I was 16, my car test first time when I was 17.
I "rolled" my first car, which taught me respect for motor vehicle's.........
Subsequently had a little go at banger racing when I was around 18 - the boyfriends car of course.
The need for speed made me go into American Muscle, and I bought a '66 289 cubic inch Mustang (about 5500 cc), still not enough!
I was already "drag racing" with the local lads at a disused airfield off Yeading Lane in Hayes, but after nearly having a head on with a police car - I was of course in the right hand lane...... decided I had to do it properly before I either killed myself, someone else, or ended up in jail!
I was 23 when friends took me to Santa Pod Raceway, I saw a WOMAN, Motor Racing in those days was totally male dominated and women race car drivers were almost non-existant - yet here was Paula Murphy driving a Funny Car - hey if she can do it - well so could I!
Subsequently, several years later, I met Paula whilst I was in the US, doing promo and visiting sponsors out there, we became great friends in the short time we spent together, she was my mentor and the reason I started racing in the first place - I never looked back.
In October 1973, through a friend, I got my first drive - in a 9 second Pro-Stocker "Swartz Brothers", which had just been imported from the US - my first run in this beast was a 13.01 seconds over the standing 1/4 mile, it was awesome but totally amazing .
In the 13 years I raced, I won every National, Club and other Championships possible, many times over, I took the overall RAC MSA title three times, (should have been four, but the points got ....ed up - so ended up 2nd - booo) this has never achieved by anyone before or since!
I won Le Man's every year, Zandvoort every year, plus other gigs abroad, too many for me to remember, pulled only one red light.... that was in Sweden, qualified 2nd out of 160 cars, and put the cherry on in the first round of the finals...and I could have walked it through to the finals... can't always be perfect!
As the American term - I was the
"Winningest Drag Racer" in the sport!
- that was from 1978 to 1986........
Stop Press (July 2015) - Jay David, my eldest is back home with me
in Bearwood on the Sunny South Coast, great to have him home again.
Also Scott has finally got his own home, left the miserable old SOB at last :)
Scott with his Racing, and Jay with his Music...... yes, my boys can achieve anything they want, because they have MY GENES........ Scott of course being the first racer to achieve all National Titles in one year, I did this first in 1979, 1981 and 1983........ check out the link below
PLUS I was the first INDEPENDENT WOMAN RACER IN THE UK
Sadly, politics / ex-husband have prevented me in having my status acknowledged in the Hall of Fame in the UK - lifes a bitch - then you marry one lol
below is a copy of a email by kind friend Vince Sharp to "BritishDRHOF@aol.com"
know this would be a boost to her self-esteem if she were inducted into the hall of fame & would have a positive effect on what she is doing now & in the future.
Above at Santa Pod 1973, my mentor, and now a dear friend, it was because of her that I went for it...
Paula was the first independent race car driver in the USA,
a truly wonderful lady, I will always love and respect her, she like me loves her animals :)
Back in 1973 - The beginning of a long love affair with American muscle cars
Ealing Broadway ,outside my apartment sat on my "Old Lady" 1968 Mustang 289 Registration BPP 554K
my first American car, lots of fun, thrush mufflers, big carb- it was great fun :)
Below Paula Murphy at Santa Pod in 1973 - wonderful lady, I love her to bits - you rock hon :)
October 1973,through a friend ,i got my first drive- in a 9 second Pro-Stocker "Swartz Brothers the car had just been imported from the USA by Peter Bennett - and i was the "test driver " with no experiance ! I remember Pete saying if the car starts to weave , keep your foot in - hence i covered both lanes several times and finally managed to get the beast straight , just as i took out the mirrows at the top end...quite an exciting and interesting first time up the dragstrip lol
The Dodge and the Chevy 1973/1974..... The Chevy was my road car, and the Charger 440ci 6 pack was my race car - thats how i started racing - drive the Dodge to race meetings, with slicks on the back seat, jack & tools in the boot, drop the exhaust and put the collectors and slicks on and go racing - what a great time then, back in 73 - 76 - then I met him......
Posing on the trunk (boot) of my 440 6 pack Charger
Dodge Charger 440 " Mopar Miss"ile 1st race car
The Photo of me above was taken in a lay by on the A6 in February , about 7 am , freezing cold !
It was featured in the first issue of the News of the World "Sunday" Magazine .
Photo shoot for the Sunday Telegraph .
I turned down the offer of a lot of money to take my kit off for one of the major mens magazines ,
however i ended up with a nice spread in Penthouse - clothes on :) ,
plus the Sun news paper gave me a nice bit of coverage "Speedy Sylvia stays in gear"
all good for PR and my sponsors.
Above - magazine shoot for Custom Car mag 1981
Below - Dodge Challenger 440 6 pack "MOPAR MISS" early days, 1979 - before her race paint job
I set the record originally in my maiden name, Sylvia Read,
I continued to set stock/production records for many years - then moved up into Top Modified....
no looking back, only forward and going FASTER :)
well turned out car and crew .. as always, professional, clean, tidy and all up together
The above 2 photo,s kindly sent to me by Stevan Rehnsi ....thanks xoxo
Mopar Miss ..so glad she is finally getting restored by Andy Hagglund in Norway
In 1979 - I was the first driver, (against the guys,) to take all major Championships in the Sport,
British Drag Racing & Hot Rod Association Street Division Champion
RAC Overall Championship,
RAC Divison 3 Championship,
National Drag Racing Club Overall Championship
National Drag Racing Club Street Division Champion
also the Sperex Ladies Award
I repeated this in 1981 and 1983, but it became difficult to attend all the Championship rounds
as I had to work hard for my Sponsors, often taking the car abroad,
Plus of course racing in Europe, Holland, France, Sweden & Germany etc.
However, I continued to take the majority of National and Club Championships until I retired in 1986,
but do remember 1979 was my first year of seriously winning everying,
until 1986 when I retired to have my sons.......
Below: Derek Bell...awesome race car driver..
Derick Bell famous motor racing driver and 24hrs LeMans winner, in Mopar Miss ( near lane )
me in the Rossi Dodge ..we did a magazine article for "Cars and Car Conversions"
with him had to teach him how to drag race .. (how to "power shift")
had a job trying to stop him "granny shifting" :)..
My two Dodge Challengers
Coming into stage and Geof in the fire up lane in Mopar Miss....
thanks for the photos above and below Pascal Sarrazin
Below, my beloved Paul Rossi wheelie Dodge, I really loved this car, this was taken before Geof messed up the handling, the car became a nightmare to drive, and the more he adjusted it the worse it got ! Anyone who remembers will agree the wheelstands got lower and lower as I was fighting to control the beast, but most importantly was to WIN !
Rolling burn out across the line to hot tyres up and lay down some rubber for traction
Also Geof finally figured out he was adjusting the rear end the wrong way and my big baby went STRAIGHT AGAIN for the first time in 2 years,THEN i had to let go and let Joran take her to Swedenthe car was again a pleasure to drive - back to what she was capable of rather than me having to fight it off the start line when she was diving to the right seriously badly !!
Then a brief pink outing as Independent Express when the Sierra crashed on its first trip up the strip,
so my crew worked their nuts off putting EVERYTHING back into the Dodge, and I
mean EVERYTHING - it was one empty shell filling up another one,
plus Carlo Gandolfi sprayed it overnight in the Independent Express colours for that one meeting.
Geof finally figured
out he was adjusting the rear end the wrong way
and the Dodge went STRAIGHT AGAIN for the first time in 2 years,
THEN i had to let go and
let Joran take her to Sweden the car was again a pleasure to drive - back
to what she was capable of - rather than me having to fight it off the
it broke my heart to lose her then :(((((((((
1983 racing at famous motor racing circuit Zandvoort in Holland ,i won the final and was towed down the track and given flowers ! :)) ,had to be so careful sat on the front wing as they was so thin from acid dipping to save weight (hence no shoes lol ) ...loved this track ,you could walk across the road and go sunbathing on the beach :)) ...piccy from friend Steve Bingham who crewed for Mick Cheley in the Mr Shifter team ....
such good fun traveling with these fellow racers :) ...love this piccy thanks Steve x
(Mick and Steve were great guys and good friends)
Waving to the crowds after winning my class at Santa Pod :-)
Some of us Brit racers on the beach at Zandvoort
Zandvoort racing circuit
" Mr Shifter " with Mick Cheley at the wheel ...doing sprints on a closed down street at Steenwijk ,..
photo's by Steve Bingham ...
Me pulling pints behind the bar at the hotel in Steenwijk ...
the owners said they could not cope with a load of Brits drinking their pub dry ,
so they went to bed and told us to
carry on drinking !
but make sure we put the money in the till :)
I always loved this photo
I am proud to say every time we raced at LeMans in France I won :) I think it was for 3 years
Also in Holland, and I love Holland, at Zandvort again I won every year......
did love the gigs abroad.... so much fun racing in other countries, it was great to meet some lovely people.
getting towed down historic LeMans circuit after winning in 1982
Racing at the famous LeMans circuit was great fun !!
the crowds were huge 40-50,000 people
Queen of LeMans
LeMans 1983 getting pushed down the pit lane waving at the crowds having won my class
"Man" handling my car into the paddock at LeMans after my victory
Thomas Naehrig from Germany kindlysent me this,taken at Giebelstadt Army Airfield - thanks Tom
I love Germany - the beer and the sausages and the people :)
Above photos supplied by Pascal Sarrazine fellow racer and friend
WHEELS UP AS ALWAYS !!
In the pits at Santa Pod
Clive Mechelle's Acapulco Express Corvette. another good friend and fellow racer.
racing Des Taylor's Revell Rebel Ford Pop...getting the jump on him :-)
perfect wheels up launch
Keke Rosberg who was current F1 Champion gave me my trophy,
and a smacker of a big kiss
I stepped backwards and fell off the stage and dropped the lot
Never a dull moment when I'm around.......hehe
mmmm ..Keke Rosberg x..
Below: Autographed from book on Drag Racing ...
me smiling as always ...Geof looking serious and glum (as always lol )
Couple of the many news paper and magazine cuttings i have ..
so many, such a task to scan them all..... maybe later !
Santa Pod 2012, in a possible drive for 2012
The London Ace Cafe - Brighton "burn up" 2007 -
went on the back of "Grand Dads" trike ,
last time i managed to go as it always clashed with Scott's racing; that of course came first! .....
I went dressed like that- got so much sun and wind burn !
My "slicks" (back tyres) were actually bigger than me!
Squash racket in hand ....
used to play every day, except for weekends when I was racing,
kept me fit and fast!
getting off the line the way a race car should
brute force and horsepower........
miss it badly!
Front Cover Hot Rod & Custom; see the pool of water under the back wheels,
this photo was taken about 1/2 second before the wheels hit it and sent me flying off to the right hand lane....
she got too hot on the start line, lost a bit of water ...... and it cost me that final !
Custom Car magazine 1981 ......how small am i on my big beastie :) !!
racing in Germany
Santa Pod July 1986
Brilliant wheel stand by new owner Joakim Martenson
Above - My race cars in chronological order ...left to right
Joakim Martenson racer, good friend and current owner of the Paul Rossi Dodge
his web page is below ....
tell him Sylvia wants her car back !
Photo of the Paul Rossi Dodge, she is still going strong in Sweden, in the hands of Joakam Martinson,
one of the most favoured cars in the sport.
So many "tricks" in this car - great fun to drive and a total animal :)
We then had the backing of FORD Motorsport, and needed to run an English bodied car,
even so all the running gear was USA muscle :)
Bring in the"Think Pink" Sierra. backed by Ford and Independent Express
plus our many English and USA sponsors....
as i tell Scott nothing goes on the car unless its paid for !!
My boys as little ones
Jay-David was 17 months in his first race car and Scott was 9 months
whoops ! after too much falling down liquid at the Annual Trophy Awards Dinner & Dance, of course i was always the one to start the "bread roll throwing"....bet they don't do it now !!
fit,lotsa muscle and power-muscle to drive muscle cars
how super fit was i and PROUD of it
September 2011 with best friend Margaret check out the figure boys ..
retired 27 years and can still get in my old fire suit ;)
Check out ma guns haha
News of the World- first issue of Sunday Magazine., real famous piccy,love it but was cold at the time,Febuary sitting in lay by in just my firesuit with my race car-what we did for our sponsors.......
different kinda of horse power,my horse breeding days, my first Palomino filly foal.
above - I LOVE this photo...it was taken by Jay-David, my eldest son when he was only 4 years old !!
photo taken in my garden 2009
With my friend since we were about 4 yrs old - Sandra
her 60th fancy dress birthday bash
birthday girl in 2011
above ,one of my road rides,she is great fun,not much room for big people ! but have my Supra Turbo as well to get more bodies in ......
restored 3 ltr turbo beastie Supra
the veiw most people got of a 440 six pack Challenger :-)))
I do really look like butter would not melt in my mouth in this photo, I really like it and so glad I found it!
photos below are from 1973, just before I drove the Schwartz Bros Pro Stocker that came over from USA, what an animal that was, did a 13.1 on first pass, had to back off mid track or would have ended up back in the pits, never the less it was the beginning of forever love...... muscle cars, guns and being baddddddd......... well according to the Police - I was bad already ;-)
my modelling days -was only a baby at the time
Another photo of my "rear end" lol back in the good old days when I was helping out with Pete Crane, Top Fuel - the first man in Europe to hit the 5 second bracket, well done Pete, love ya babe, we did have some fun!
I remember when I drove you home in your Porsche you were too drunk
you just told me to drop it into 2nd and floor it, round tight u-bend,
twas your car so I did..... YUM !
that is when I fell in love with Porches .....
a truly wonderful lady,
and certainly a living legend
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I am so proud of him, watch him - he will surely take my title as the "Winningest Drag Racer in the UK" and will be worthy of it :-)
Great 1st Season Scott, love Mum xxx
my youngest son Scott in his new dragster ( chip off the old block )
Scott Hauser Does A Big Break Out In His New Built Dragster Made By HRC,
Runs 8.12 Seconds @ 160MPh On A 8.20 Dial-In Which Made This His 3Rd
Personal Best That Weekend At Santapod European Finals 2011 First
Competition Meeting In The New Dragster After Licensing, Well Done To
Driver: Scott & Crew Chief: Geof (DAD)
my face book pages come check me out
a real old one from '73, before the "paint job" by Slick Tricks Racing, but we made her beautiful between us and them, thanks Guys!
testing the "Pink Thing" Sierra at the Pod ,did a 360 hitting the guard rail ,
never happy with this car and always knew it was going to try and kill me :(
pic from good friend Steve Bingham
and i was right -
on my birthday 27th Juyly 1986 - the car did try to kill me
Summernationals at Santa Pod luckily the car was left hand drive as we took out 3 of the armco rails plus one upright and a huge lump of concrete weighing around 1/2 cwt, and took out the top of the carb, and ended up on the passenger seat - could have killed me :(
Oops... sorry boys !!!
Giving it some " Sylvia "...doing what i do best, wow the crowds, tiz what they wanted !
Always did the biggest burnouts
What people remember about my huge burnouts "doing a Sylvia" :)) page copied from "UK Drag Racing Nostalgia website" http://www.ukdrn.co.uk ... lots of great articles on the "golden years" of British drag racing ... valuable info and facts ! :)
me in my paintballing Ghillie Suit lol ( like to dig in and take them out )
limited edition Dye DM7 Ironemen Billywing, one of only 4! - am really pleased!
my other gun ..... Ego 6
Santa pod launch the book Crazy Horses ...
great day out, with my friend and drag racer Dave Lee Travis who was inducted into the British drag racers hall of fame..........
Dave lee Travis at the Pod ...great friend and fellow loonie :)
Mel McClain,s web page
Reminds me so much of Jim Morrison ...always will love Jim ...
My song ;-).....LOVE love love this ....FASTER ..yesss !!!
in the movie "HOT ROD"
Card drawn by Geof's mum who was brilliant artist.