King Racing are set to take on the best that Europe can offer with their strongest team ever in their quest for a fourth European Championship crown.
An exciting line up of team partners and associates are headed by South African company Portable Shade who have joined the team as primary sponsors. Portable Shade are world leaders in folding sunshade awnings, modular exhibition systems, `A’ frame advertising hoardings and advertising flag systems.
Brad Anassis, the owner and founder of Portable Shade, is no stranger to multidisciplinary motorsport as a former SA Road Racing champion, saloon car racer and now a nationally decorated rider in the burgeoning drag racing Pro Street Class and the first rider in SA in the 7 second bracket without wheelie bars.
King Racing have benefited from an extremely strong and loyal team of associates whilst winning their three previous European Championships. They are extremely proud to announce that these associates are to remain on the team in their quest for an unprecedented fourth European Championship title: –
Torco Oils – The only oil recommended by engine manufacturers Puma Engineering.
Goedhals – Precision specialist gear cutting and engineering.
Mickey Thompson Tyres – The best drag race tyres in the world bar none.
Goodridge UK – The original and the best in fluid transfer systems.
Gates – The world’s most trusted name in drive belts, hoses and hydraulics.
Vanson Leathers – 30 years producing the best quality track tested motorcycle apparel.
Performance Machine – The leader in after market custom wheels, brakes and components.
Kent Cams – Specialists in motor sport camshaft manufacture, short runs and one -off’s.
Pro Alloy – UK’s leader in fabrication of alloy racing tanks, intercoolers and radiators.
PsycleWorkz – The UK’s best custom and race fabricators and innovators.
House of Kolor – Manufacturers of the world’s most stunning specialist paints.
Cannon Engineering – Gear cutting and precision engineering services.
Zodiac – Europe’s largest supplier of performance and aftermarket HD parts.
Pixeleye – Innovative graphic and website design
MRE – Leaders in trackside support for drag race components and air shifting systems
Customize – Premier sign makers and vinyl sign and design services
Turboville – Your one stop dragracing resource
NitroShutter – The combined efforts of ace photojournalists Ivan Sansom and Rose Hughes
Wackyshack – Creators of stunning paintwork and murals.
In their quest for more reliability and power the team had various discussions with those performance component manufacturers who are at the very top of engineering design and development in the fields. They also had much valuable help and advice from individuals with much experience in relevant areas – Larry and Steve McBride of Cycle Specialists, Andy Bloyce at Oerlikon Balzers and Jan Roelofs at Roelofs Race Service to name but a few to whom thanks are due.
Subsequent to their discussions the team are very proud to announce the addition of five further blue chip companies as new associate partners for 2008:
With almost 60 years experience serving top professionals, JE Pistons is the world’s premier manufacturer of high performance forged pistons for the most demanding racing applications and it was clear that this company was to be the piston supplier of choice for the team if it were to realize their 2008 goals. Bespoke pistons to suit the demands of the team’s 1000HP + Top Fuel Bike engine have been designed and manufactured to replace the previous items.
Kibblewhite Precision Machining, Inc. has been manufacturing valve train components for the motor sport industry for over 60 years providing the highest quality valves and components. They have developed a reputation for quality and value and are a primary source for all valve train needs regardless of whether you need a single component or a complete system of valves, guides, seats, shims, springs, retainers and lower collars. The team are to use their titanium retainers, keepers and industry standard valve springs to after identifying deficiencies in components used in their previous campaigns.
Swecomposite are a leading supplier of carbon fiber parts to the automotive racing, performance and custom markets. Already the supplier of choice to US Top Fuel Bike rider Tom Perry and multiple European Supertwin Champion Anders Karling, the team turned to the Swedish company in their search for a light weight and innovative new nose cone to house their all new management and logging systems whilst providing superior aerodynamics at high speed.
Craft Safety Helmets produce the ultimate in safety and unique in design using only High Performance materials such as their TRI®-FLEX Superlayer Carbon-Dyneema-Fiberglass construction. Design Patented since 1984 and meeting the highest Standards such as ECE 22.05-DOT Snell and ACU Gold Label team rider Ian King has chosen Craft helmets to protect him in what is the fastest and quickest motor sport in the world.
Del West Engineering, Inc., was formed in 1973 as an aerospace structural materials R&D laboratory. With manufacturing sites in Switzerland and the US the company’s pioneering in metallurgy; coatings, manufacturing techniques and design have been highly instrumental in the technology which has seen the operating speed of engines nearly double since the first Del West lightweight valves were produced. Their clients are now virtually all of the engine manufacturers in Formula One, CART, the Indy Racing League and Indy Lights as well as for almost every manufacturer in touring car and GT/Prototype racing. Their customers also include countless private engine builders in NASCAR, drag racing and many other segments of the sport. After various issues with exhaust valves over the last years the design team at Del West have come up with designs to alleviate these issues for the future.
The Portable Shade Top Fuel Bike will to compete at the following events in 2008: –
14th – 15th June, Santa Pod, England
3rd – 6th July – Alastaro, Finland
24th – 27th July, Mantorp Park, Sweden
1st – 3rd August, Gardermoen, Norway
14th – 17th August, Hockenheim, Germany
4th – 7th September, Santa Pod, England