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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)
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........
below is a copy of a email by kind friend Vince Sharp to "BritishDRHOF@aol.com" ....Mwah xoxo
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.
email address for British Drag Racing Hall of Fame ...Nominate me before i pop ma clogs ;) BritishDRHOF@aol.com
would like to be a living legend babes :)
The begining of a life long love affair with American muscle cars and all things fast !!!!...in Ealing Broadway ,outside my apartment ,sat on my "Old Lady" -68 Mustang 289 ,my first American car ,lots of fun, thrush mufflers ,big carb- it flew ...i was just a baby :) ...check out the platform shoes and flared jeans haha :))
Paula Murphy at Santa Pod 1973 ...a woman race car driver !!! ... i want some of this !!! :-)
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
The Dodge and the Chevy _around 1973....thats how i started racing - the Dodge was to big for the garage :((( - slicks on the back seat ,used to drive it to meetings and drop the exhaust ,and put the headers and slicks on and lets go racing - back in 73 - 76when i met hubby Geof Hauser
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 fetured 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.
magazine shoot for Custom Car mag 1981
Dodge Challenger 440 6 pack "MOPAR MISS" early days, 1979 - before her race paint job
The above 2 photo,s kindly sent to me by Stevan Rehnsi ....thanks xoxo
set a new B/Production record at 12.80 which stood for many years I set the record originally in my maiden name, Sylvia Read, before Imet my ex, then of course continued to set stock/production records for many years - then moved up into Top Modified.... no looking back, only forward!
"SMOKE EM IF YOU GOT EM" well turned out car and crew ..me in my TOP GUN shades !!.... :-)
love this car ...so pretty...my first real claim to fame was driving Mopar Miss ..so glad she,s getting restored by Andy Hagglund in Norway xxx
me so happy so happy sat in my pretty lady ..still got my original "skid lid" :)
took the final when Richard Eaton, running a much slower race car, but we were running on ET's so pushed him to the limit and yes he broke out BLACKBUSHE AUGUST '79
Derick Bell (famous motor racing driver and 24hrs LeMans winner ) in Mopar Miss ( near lane ) and me in the Rossi Dodge ..did a TV program with him had to teach him how to drag race ..had a job trying to stop him "granny shifting" :)..but he,s a great guy ...never did get to drive his race car ..BOO !! lol
The man him self ...Derek Bell...awesome race car driver..love the art work ..might have one done of myself and offer autographed LTD editions of the print ..what do you think peeps ? lol
Geof ( my ex ) racing me in Miss Mopar ( near lane ) ..with me in the Rossi Dodge
My two Dodge Challengers
1981- In the Custom Car colours with the boot of Miss Mopar in the foreground ...one day i'll grow into that hat lol
Coming into stage and Geof in the fire up lane in Mopar Miss....thanks for the photos above and below Pascal Sarrazin x
Fire up road at Santa Pod
UP SHE GOES !!
Rolling burn out across the line to hot tyres up and lay down some rubber for traction
Air Freight sponsors colours ...didn't like this paint job but they paid the running costs
Also Geof finally figured out he was adjusting the front end the wrong way and my big baby went STRAIGHT AGAIN for the first time in a long time,THEN i had to let go and let Joran take her to Sweden :(,i was gutted,the car was again a pleasure to drive,easier ,faster,less hastle......such a great loss....= :(( !!
Bringing home the silverware - loved winning ..as did my sponsors
Waving to the crowds after winning my class at Santa Pod :-)
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 my big beastie,s 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 Cheley and I, getting ready to run at Zandvoort
Zandvoort racing circuit
All us Brit racers on the beach at Zandvoort
My Beastie in the background on trailer
In 1983 with the " Mr Shifter " racing team at a place called Steenwick again in Holland . They close down a road for us to race on !! there were no crash barriers ,just a ditch on the left side and a canal on the right haha ! ..we just did demo runs all day for them ( great fun ) and (they) got drunk on the night in the hotel bar on the night ( better fun ) see below :)
" Mr Shifter " with Mick Cheley at the wheel ...doing demo runs on a closed down street at Steenwick ,..piccys by Steve Bingham ...you can just see the corner of my car in the back ground ready to come to the line next ...we fried the tarmac :))
I always loved this photo :)
getting towed down historic LeMans circuit after winning in 1982
Queen of LeMans lol
I am proud to say every time we raced at LeMans in France-I won !!
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 and racers ......
Racing at the famous LeMans circuit was great fun ( always won ) !! the corner at the end of the drag strip was fun for some of the faster class of racers ..but the crowds were huge !!
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
Above photos supplied by Pascal Sarrazine ,fellow racer and friend
Thomas Naehrig from Germany kindlysent me this,taken at Giebelstadt Army Airfield - thanks Tom xx ,I love Germany
Going for the win at Santa Pod....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
mmmm ..Keke Rosberg x..
Autographed race program... me smiling as always ...Geof looking serious and glum (as always lol )
Couple of the many news paper and magazine cuttings i have ..will have to get up in the loft one day
Santa Pod 2012, in a possible drive for 2012
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! .....
Iwent dressed like that- got so much sun and wind burn,but was great- love trikes i can heckle people at the traffic lights and tell em jokes ...lol xx
Above , at the ACE CAFE London (2009) , with "All the Way Jay" and "Dave Blaze" a couple of male stripper friends , at the " Ladies Day " ;-)))
My "slicks" - back tyres were actually bigger than me!
Squash racket in hand ....I used to play every day, except for weekends when I was racing, kept me fit and fast!
one of my famous wheels up starts -
just loved that car ! - look at the back slicks wrinkling, now thats GRIP - no messing,
getting off the line the way a race car should!
brute force and horsepower........ miss it badly!
.In my next life i want to be "The Transporter" cool ,laid back,can drive the wheels off anything,
PLUS earn lots cash doing it, lol, :) move over Jason Statham gimme that Steering wheel ...Sylvia's here ...
Front Cover Hot Rod & Custom; see the pool of water under the back wheels, well 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
crowd pleasing on the way UP - "wheel stand" launch
Santa Pod July 1986
My race cars in chronological order ...left to right
HUGE wheel stand by new owner Joakim Martensons
Joakim Martensons ,racer, good friend, restorer and current owner of the Paul Rossi Dodge ..his web page is below ..go check him out and my big baby ..tell him Sylv sent you x
Photo of the infamous Paul Rossi Dodge,just after we imported it , she is still going strong in Sweden,in the hands of Joak Martinson, (above) and is one of the most favoured cars in the sport.So many"tricks"in this car......and a total animal........ I LOVED IT !!! ,i only sold it as 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 !!
Below my boys as little ones,Scott was 9 months and Jay-David was 17 months in his first car :)
giving it large 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
this year September 2011 ,with best friend Margret ,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
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 last year,looking "snooty" :)
my friend Sandra,s fancy dress birthday bash
birthday girl this year 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
Above...In Race Control at RC Racing Club , checking qualifying positions for my youngest son , Scott,who i might add is the ONLY RC racer to take both Championships in the SLCC in 2010 - never before achieved !! well done my baby boy !!
Scott far left and Jay-David far right ....both national Jr Drag Racing Champions ..proud of both my boys
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 ;-)
piccys from the same "shoot" in my modelling days -was only a baby at the time lol + one of my big hair shots when I was 19, again from a modelling shoot, wish I could find some more!
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!
Pete, I remember when I drove you home in your Porsche,cos you were too pissed!
you just told me to drop it into 2nd and floor it, round tight u-bend, twas your car so I did..... that is when I fell in love with Porches!!
We had a few laughs in those days..........
Paula Murphy at Santa Pod back in 1973 ....if she could do it so could i !!!
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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 beutiful between us and them, thanks Guys!
earning her keep...... advertising for sponsors, Custom Car Magazine, Bars Leaks and SUNOCO oil
testing the "Pink Thing" Sierra at the Pod ,did a 360 hitting the guard rail ,Geof was not pleased !!!!...never happy with this car and always knew it was going to try and do me wrong !! ....pic from good friend and racer Steve Bingham http://sb-vintageservices.co.uk/drag-racing/...please call in and say Sylvia sent you :)
and i was right on my birthday the car tried to kill me !!! ( Summernationals Santa Pod July 1986) thankfully Geof built the car as a left hand drive as a huge lump of concrete took out the top of the carb off luckily cutting the engine, but 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" ...hey give them a visit ! ...tell em Sylvia sent you ... http://www.ukdrn.co.uk ... lots of great articles on the "golden years" of British drag racing ... a mine of valuable info and facts ! :)
Winning cash ! and trophy for the best burn out at Santa Pod
Burn out area at the Pod
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
above ....day out at Santa pod to launch the book Crazy Horses ...great day out ,with my fellow drag racer Dave Lee Travis who was inducted into the British drag racers hall of fame..........please go onto there web site and vote for me as i was and is the winning-est British drag racer of all time http://www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk/ ...use the contact form and vote for me ..please :) ...you have to be nominated :))
Dave lee Travis at the Pod ...great friend and fellow loonie haha
my big beasty and fav car at the hands of Paul Rossi the states side owner i bought it from
STOP PRESS !!!
Mopar Madames will be hitting the track in 2012-Mel McClaine and me in her trusty "prozac" Plymouth Duster.......look out boys here we come lol ,just for FUN this time ......( may well kick some ass too ) the womans mad letting me loose in her car haha
Mel McClain,s web page
My song ;-).....LOVE love love this ....FASTER ..yesss !!!
Reminds me so much of Jim Morrison ...always will love Jim ...we WILL meet up babes xoxox
in the movie "HOT ROD"
One for the boys .... Guns , Rock Music , Mopar Muscle and Hot Girls " WINK " are made for each other ...giving it a big dose of "SYLVIA" :)
Card drawn by Geof's mum who was brilliant artist.