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Drag Racing

Drag Racing Classes

Like all forms of motorsports, Drag Racing is split into assorted categories to equalize performance. There are two major groups - the Professional and Sportsman racers. In professional racing two competitors race for the fastest time over a straight quarter mile run (1000 foot for Top Fuel) reaching breathtaking speeds of 300mph in under 4 seconds! In Sportsman racing a handicap system is used to provide close racing between cars in a timed bracket.

Pro Car Classes
Top Fuel
Top Fuel Dragsters - These cars run on Nitro Methane and can reach speeds of up to 300mph accelerating from 0 - 100mph in under one second!
Funny Cars
Fuel Funny Cars - Also run on Nitro Methane with fibre glass replica bodies on a smaller chassis.

Top Methanol
Top Methanol Dragsters - Running on less expensive fuel but almost as fast as their nitro cousins and highly competitive.
Funny Cars
Top Methanol Funny Cars - Like the methanol dragsters these cars are almost as fast as nitro funny cars.
Pro Mod
Pro Modified Cars - Are the 200mph petrol (or methanol) burning 'fastest cars with doors!" showing the first signs of similarity to a street cars using bodies from the 40s to the present day.
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Pro Stock
Pro Stock Cars - Petrol-burning doorslammers with very tight sets of rules governing appearance and specifications. Cars closely resemble production models, but are capable of hitting 6-second passes on the track!
Sportsman Car Classes
Pro Mod

Street Eliminator - These cars must be completely road legal with treaded tyres and MOT, part of qualification requires a drive on the road to prove this. The top cars can run 7 seconds!
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Nostalgia Funny Car

Nostalgia Funny Car - Funny Cars with classic body styles replicating the golden age of drag racing.
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Fuel Altereds

Nostalgia Fuel Altered Association (NFAA) - Methanol or Nitro Methane burning altereds.

Pro Mod

Comp Eliminator - A heads up (No Breakout) class where different types of cars run to different indexes. Classes for all body styles, chassis options and induction types.

Outlaw Anglia

Outlaw Anglia - Heads up racing from Ford Anglias that maintain the integrity of the original 1940s vehicles, but with the addition of modern drag racing technology.

Wild Bunch

Wild Bunch - Nostalgia slingshots, altereds and dragsters.


Super Comp - allows full bodied cars and dragsters running in the 8.90 sec index.


Super Gas - comprises mostly full bodied cars running in the 9.90 index. A well established class with high entries producing competitive and tactical racing.


Super Street - are full-bodied cars running to the 10.90 second index.

Super Pro ET

Super Pro ET - Cars and dragsters running to indexes between 6.00 and 8.99 seconds.

Pro ET

Pro ET - Cars and dragsters with a bracket of 9-11.99 seconds.

Sportsman ET

Sportsman ET - Includes a mixture of vehicles running 12 seconds or slower. This is the entry level class for car racing.

Junior Dragster

Junior Dragsters - Offering 8-17 year olds the chance to race with the grown-ups!

Jap Drag Series Street

Jap Drag Series Street - Street-legal cars that retain their full monocoque chassis, all the hard work is done by the monster-power engines. The top cars run 8’s at 150mph.
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FWD Drag Series - Heads up front wheel drive drag racing with most cars running 9s or 10s.
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Outlaw Flat Four

Outlaw Flat Four - Heads up drag racing. Cars do not have to be VW but must have a flat four engine.

VW Pro

VW Pro - Top-level VW only drag racing with dial-your-own-ET of 12.99 seconds or under.
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VW Sportsman

VW Sportsman - Entry-level VW only drag racing with dial-your-own-ET of over 12.99 seconds.
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RWYB - The grass roots of the sport and training ground for all drag racers. Most start by taking part in public Run What Ya Brung (RWYB) track days in their own vehicle. Santa Pod holds RWYB days throughout the season.
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Drag Racing Bike Classes

Drag Bikes are now hugely popular, bringing ever increasing fields to Santa Pod. The full range of classes stretch from Street Bikes all the way to the unique 200mph Top Fuel Bikes. The prestigious FIM Europe Championship is campaigned across Europe with two rounds at Santa Pod.

Pro Bike Classes
Top Fuel Bike
Top Fuel Bike - A combination of Top Fuel Bikes and Funny Bikes. The Top Fuel Bikes are mostly 4 cylinder motors producing 1000 bhp and are capable of running low 6 seconds at 220 mph plus. Funny Bikes are lighter, more nimble and can be built with a turbo, nitrous oxide or run on alcohol fuels.
Super Twin Bike
Super Twin - This hugely popular category is also an "anything goes" class, with the sole restriction being that the machine has a maximum of two cylinders. That means nitromethane, fuel injection and supercharging are in, as are thundering, awe-inspiring high six second 200mph performances.

Pro Stock Bike
Pro Stock Bike - These bikes are built to very tightly controlled regs helping to ensure that the emphasis is on rider skill and tuning expertise - the key to their lightning reactions, mid to high seven second ETs and ultra competitive racing.
Sportsman Bike Classes

Super Street Bike

Super Street Bike - Stretched out bikes with no wheelie bars and treaded tyres. These bikes sport big turbo or nitrous conversions.

Funny Bike

Funny Bike - Must resemble a road going bike but have in force no engine or fuel restrictions. Can run high 6s at around 200mph.

Competition Bike

Competition Bike - Almost anything goes in this class, generally running 7s and 8s.

8.50 Bike

8.50 Bike - Highly modified street bikes running to the 8.50 index.

9.50 Bike

9.50 Bike - These bikes are ridden to a 9.50 second index. A sniff of nitrous and some chassis mods help many competitors.

Junior Bike

Junior Bike - Junior bike class.

Supertwin Top Gas

SuperTwins Top Gas - Heads up class for twin cylinder motorcycles.

Super Twin ET

Super Twin ET - A dial-in ET class for twin cylinder motorcycles.

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