Clive Skilton

Clive Skilton

Member inducted 2006

Clive began his drag racing career in 1967, and won the Street Eliminator class at the Santa Pod Big Go driving an E Type Jag. In 1968 Clive took over the driving of the Famous Allard dragster setting a new speed record of 163 mph at the Easter meeting.

In 1969 Clive débuted a new look car with a top mounted blower in Sweden and also became the first European to run a seven second pass at an NDRC event at Elvington. The Santa Pod Easter meeting in 1971 saw another new car called Second Revolution and Clive became the first person in the UK to run 200 mph, 1972 was the year Clive ran the UK's first rear engined Top Fuel car Revolution 3 and the year also saw the first side by side race in the UK Clive was running alongside? Who else but his arch rival Dennis Priddle.

Along with Dennis Priddle, Clive entered the 1973 Winternationals at Pomona, qualified on the bump spot and returned to the UK with the ex-Kuhl and Olson Top Fuel car which was unfortunately badly damaged in a crash at Santa Pod. Like Dennis Priddle, Clive moved into Funny Cars and in 1975 he ran a Vauxhall-bodied car running his first Funny Car six later in the year at Snetterton and again, as in Top Fuel, he had many battles on the track with Dennis Priddle.

At the Easter meeting at Santa Pod in 1976 Clive was back in a Top Fuel car and won the event which featured the legendary Don Garlits amongst its entries.

Clive moved to the USA at the end 1976 season and raced on the US circuit with some success. He now runs one of the largest Chrysler dealerships in the US.

Clive was one of the top racers in the UK in the 1960s and 1970s. He also promoted events and raced in the USA and is one of the first people mentioned when you talk about drag racing from this era.