This one-off event allowed Volkswagen enthusiasts to breakout from their garages and enjoy one last show before the season's end. From far and wide, people brought their unique dubs and the communities signature 'no worries' attitude together. It was Santa Pod's biggest and busiest event since lockdown, with three-day camping, fun festival vibes and high speed racing.
A NEW & UNIQUE SANTA POD EVENT – PACKED FULL OF RACING, MUSIC AND NO WORRIES
This one-off event allowed Volkswagen enthusiasts to breakout from their garages and enjoy one last show before the season’s end. From far and wide, people brought their unique dubs and the communities signature ‘no worries’ attitude together. It was Santa Pod’s biggest and busiest event since lockdown, with three-day camping, fun festival vibes and high speed racing.
The strip was opened up to both the invited racers and members of the public for Run What Ya Brung (RWYB). The invited classes were VW Sportsman, VW Pro, Outlaw Flat Four and the Supercharged Outlaws which all put on a show that did not disappoint.
Safety was taken very seriously by the venue. Marshals worked hard all weekend to keep people safe and enforce the new COVID-19 rules. There were also extra social distancing signs, cleaners and security across the site.
"We have been working hard behind the scenes and with local authorities to get back up and running" - Santa Pod Raceway
Friday evening buzzed with excited campers as the fair ground rides were in full swing. The VDub Radio hosts, Tony Barnett and Simon Connelly, provided awesome tunes all weekend as well as a live stream of the track. With the opening of the Santa Pub Garden too, this gave the event a real chilled-out, relaxed feel.
RECORD RUNS & WALL CRASHES
Saturday brought spectacular action on the track from both the invited racers and RWYB cars.
Supercharged Outlaws member, Joel Kerr, had an unfortunate crash on Saturday afternoon. The engine in his 1957 Pontiac Star Chief exploded apart, causing it to leak vast amounts of oil onto the track. The leakage went under the back wheels and sent the dragster crashing into the wall at 180mph. Thankfully no one was hurt, apart from the drivers bank account!
After the Pontiac’s unlucky run, Nitro Bug lifted the crowds spirits with a new record PB time! The iconic beetle ran a 6.592 second quarter mile, reaching a staggering 198 mph. This triggered a huge celebration throughout the grandstands and from the crew on the start line. Owner/driver Andrew Raw and his team’s hard work had certainly paid off. Take a look at the in-car footage of the run below!
From golfs and beetles to campers and caddys, there was a wide range of interesting cars in the RWYB races. On the left you can see Becki Turnock’s massive smile as she pulls away from the start line in her Ruby Blue Beetle.
SHOW N' SHINE
Racing continued on Sunday whilst the Autoglym Show n’ Shine competition began. The show paddock was jam packed with stunning classics and originals. After speaking to judges Darren Claggett and Simon Tomlin, they expressed how difficult it was to make a final decision. Many of the dubs were well deserving of a top ten place. However, the winners were the ones that showed the most effort and dedication.
Despite the colder weather, there was a persistent positive atmosphere throughout the whole weekend. Santa Pod’s next big event will be ‘NOT The European Finals’. If it goes ahead, the event will be welcoming back nitro drag racing with an entry list of approximately 181 cars and motorcycles.