I loved going to the race track, set deep in the Northamptonshire countryside through winding country lanes you eventually reach Santa Pod. As you drive in you travel into an anarchic timezone into the 1970 Americana dream. I think the abuse Andy got from the American race fans caused disappointment in all the team's fans. As these drag racers are a breed. Seen in Britain as an irrelevant, drag racing is invisible in Britain. It is the underground counter culture. Motorsports in Britain has always been the domain of the elite. It felt like the American fans turned their back on their own kin, their own roots of what is a dying a seed of true British libertarianism.
In 2015 I helped Channel 4 report on a Housing estate owned by one of Guy Hands companies Annington Homes. The report was 6 minutes, which in today's standards is a big feature. But into today's fast turnaround for stories, the team did not have the time or remit to report in any depth about what was really going on behind the scenes.
Andy Frost is a gearbox specialist in Wolverhampton, he’s also built the world fastest street-legal drag racing car. I filmed the team over three years and multiple world records. For years Andy was the only contender to the title of the world fastest street legal car. It was a story of British pride and engineering until his world title was retaken by American racer Larry Larson. For me, this is where the story begins. On a backdrop of austerity Britain, Andy could no longer afford to compete. Along with a barrage of abuse from Larson fans via social media, that had become a personal attack against Andy. There was a moment when Andy faced an unceremonious retirement. A life's passion and work over.
The economic and geographical differences in the two teams give Larson an unfair advantage. It highlights the fundamental differences between a country liberated from the British empire. Both drivers are the same breed of human, but one enjoys the economic and governmental freedoms as a result of liberation in 1776.
Meanwhile, across Britain, there is a growing sense of unease, no sense of burning destiny, just a husk of a culture that once was. Nearly all life and wealth have been drained offshore ever since the fall of the empire. Now any sense of social contract for many British people has been lost. The average British person is in a fight for survival, in our nature, we will never give up and they use that strength against us. But somewhere along the line, they bred us not to look up and question our enslavement.