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Dragstalgia 2017
Fri 14th to Sun 16th July 2017

Santa Pod goes back to the way we were with Dragstalgia, a weekend dedicated to drag racing, hot rods and bikes from a bygone era with classic dragsters and funny cars, altereds, hot rods, American muscle and more.

There will be Championship Drag Racing and Run What Ya Brung sessions on the track along with the a Jet Dragster and 2 seater Dragster Rides. Off track there will be Show & Shine, Live Music, Traders, Cracklefest, Historic Car Display and more.

Dragstalgia 2017 Highlights Video
Dragstalgia 2017 Report & Winners

Dragstalgia is the weekend of choice for Nostalgia enthusiasts around the globe and that statement was truer than ever this year! The event featured cars from around Europe and beyond with the long distance award going to Valdo Westphal who travelled from New Caledonia to run his altered with the Wild Bunch and we had a small Scandinavian invasion too.

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Fridays RWYB session was well supported with all manner of muscle cars, hot rods and race machines making the most of the track time but the day wasn’t without incident. Charlie Seward in the E type Jaguar was the victim of not 1, but 2 talking points. The first of which occurred in the burnout where the car got out of shape in the burnout and hit one of the advertising boards in the centre of the track. Undeterred, Charlie came back out with no front end on the car and managed to shear the studs off one of the rear wheels on launch resulting in him only having 3 wheels on his wagon. Needless to say, Charlie didn’t complete the run! It was great to see him back out and running on Saturday and Sunday too – thankfully it all went a little smoother then.

Unfortunately Saturday began wet which set everything back but thanks to the hard work of the track crew and patience of racers and fans alike. By early afternoon the track was up and running and we had an excellent afternoon and evenings racing.

The eagerly anticipated Slingshot Showdown was the first class out and Joe Bond immediately laid the gauntlet down to the International entries with a 6.7 second pass to open proceedings. Joe met Bob Hawkins in the final who had been improving all weekend after the 2 defeated the last remaining Swedish competitors in the semi-finals. The Slingshot Showdown title this year went to Bob Hawkins after Joe red lit. This completed a successful weekend for Bob after re-setting his PB a number of times throughout the weekend too – well done Bob!

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The Cannonball was one of the standout classes of the weekend with no less than 5 of the entrants running in the second zone with Tim Garlick even running an excellent 5.97. Unfortunately for Tim, a missed run and subsequent penalty ruled him out of contention for the Cannonball win which left Tony Betts and Ramon Van Der Weurf to tussle over the trophy. Tony was clearly keen to get the jump on Ramon and red lit leaving Ramon to race on to his 3rd Cannonball victory which is an achievement to be proud of. Ramon had an excellent weekend setting a fresh PB on his way to the win too!  Robin Read also had a blinding weekend, resetting his own record for a British Engined car to an impressive 6.69 at 199.89mph – narrowly missing out on the 200mph he seeks!

The Showmanship trophies were up for grabs to anyone on track across the 3 days so congratulations to the winners who were as follows:

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Best Back Up Girl(s)
Jemma & Nicole for Jedd Guy & Colin Millar

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Arne Kallevik – Slingshot Showdown
Unfortunately this was the only time we saw Arne on track after he lifted a head gasket on this awesome 1000ft burnout.

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Phil Colliver – Radio controlled car hits the wall!
Following the fire burnouts on Saturday night Phil took his Pure Hell replica to the track and unfortunately ended up hitting the wall head on at speed!

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Low ET of the Weekend
Tim Garlick – 5.97 – Nostalgia Cannonball

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Driving Job of the Weekend
Henri Lubke – Supercharged Outlaws

It appeared to most that Henri simply glanced the wall going through the finish line but once he came to a stop, we were surprised to find out that Henri’s steering wheel had come off during the run, hence the visit to the wall – we’ll never know how Henri managed to prevent the incident being an awful lot worse!

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Giedrius Jurevicius
Gidedrius brought his awesome little altered all the way from Lithuania and was running hard all weekend. His best time was 7.29 at 186mph

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Wheelstand of the Weekend
Vito Versluys – Outlaw Flat Four

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Team Ballbreaker – Wild Bunch

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Best Appearing Vehicle
Jamie Faulkner – Wild Bunch

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Heads Up Gasser Shootout
Winner - England

Saturday night is always showtime at Dragstalgia and this weekend we were treated to a heads up UK vs. Rest of Europe Gasser race, a jet car pass from the FireForce 5 jet car. Then it was time for the Cracklefest with an abundance of slingshots and altereds roaring in unison. Then the spotlights were onto the pyromaniacs of the ever present Bob Hawkins and Dave Nelson, both of which are known for setting themselves alight on many occasions. The engines were started and the petrol was poured before they quite literally lit up the rear tyres and the night.

Once again, we were pleased to have the NSRA host the Autoglym Show & Shine competition on Sunday. The Show Paddock was full to bursting point with some of the country’s most outstanding pre-1980s vehicles; showcasing all manner of rods, rats, choppers and muscle cars we were transported back to a time where these American beauties and retro rods ruled the road. A walk round the paddock revealed a diverse and visionary congregation, resulting in very tough decisions for the judges! I’m sure you’ll agree the winners were as follows:

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Best of Show
Lee Moses – 1955 Red Chevy Pick Up – Back to metal restoration, air ride, Corvette engine – immaculate!

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Top 5
Gary Cork – 1955 Black Chevy 2dr Post Sedan – American graffiti replica.

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Top 5
Martin Aldridge – 1955 Silver Ford Popular – Switchgear on roll cage, hand turned.

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Top 5
Steve Barnam – 1933 Green Ford Tudor Sedan – Roof chop, scanted posts, all steel.

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Top 5
Gary Jones – 1929 Blue Modal ‘A’

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Top 5
Clive Hardy – 1947 Red Chevy Stepside Pick Up

When the rain came, we headed over to Fuelers Bar to pass the time with the ‘Dragstalgia Pub Quiz’! There was some tricky questions and pictures to decipher that even you hard core drag racing fanatics stumbled on, however, the top spot went to team Michael Dowdy Racing with a very impressive 41/56 score! Well done Michael!

For those of you who made a weekend of it, Fuelers Bar was rockin’ & rollin’ both Friday and Saturday night with the perfect musical accompaniment to your blast from the past! Joe Jive and The Wonderers were first up Friday taking us back to the 50s and 60s; looking the part and strumming authentic 1950s instruments, we all had a boogie to the classics from Elvis to Ritchie Valens. Jivin’, shakin’ and swingin’ onto the stage Saturday night, Si’s Smokin Aces played our favourite jukebox hits from way back when whilst DJ Discos Revenge brought us the best rock and soul from the great and the good. 

It was ‘eyes to the skies’ Saturday afternoon as we were lucky enough to have a flypast from the British army aircraft, Lysander.

The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame is always a key attraction at Dragstalgia; we hope you all had your autograph books at the ready for these ‘Racing Legends’ to sign! The show marquee laid down the red carpet for the static displays paying homage to cars and bikes from drag racing’s past; a true blast from the past was showcased by Bill Sherratt and Ian Turburville as they rolled out their slingshots to fire up for the eagerly awaiting crowds to see and hear!

Former Santa Pod Raceway Chief Starter and BDRHoF Honorary Chairman, Stu Bradbury, was inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend in a special ceremony that took place on the startline Saturday afternoon.

Eligible by having been involved in British drag racing for the past twenty years or having made a significant and recognizable contribution to the sport, the 2017 inductees were also announced and are as follows:

Lawrie Gatehouse
Pip Higham
Steve Woollatt
John and Lesley Wright
Karsten Andersen and Per Andersen

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We would like to say a huge congratulations to Mike and April on their engagement here at Dragstalgia! Mike proposed to April on the startline Friday evening just after racing finished – well done Mike! From all at Santa Pod Raceway, we wish you luck and happiness for the future!

With two runs each day, we hope you all managed to catch a glimpse of fire-breathing, ground-shaking FireForce 5, the Jet Dragster; tearing down the strip in the blink of an eye, this jet-fuelled master ran a mind-blowing 5.40 seconds @ 288mph!

When a break from straight line, ¼ mile action was needed, Ken Fox’s Wall of Death (Indian Scout motorbikes riding a 20ft vertical wall!!!) provided the perfect entertainment with the original and best thrill show; the noise, the smell, the adrenaline rush from this stunt show legend was an experience not to be forgotten!

Fulfilling all your hair styling dreams, Aurora Loves Vintage Hair & Beauty were here keeping the nostalgia vibe alive with up dos, quiffs and curls galore!

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The Pete Crane Spirit of 76 award was presented for the second year as this time went to Wild Bunch chairwoman and co-ordinator Claire Meaddows. The trophy is awarded for outstanding contribution to Nostalgia drag racing in the UK and no one can argue with Claires commitment and work for the class which has resulted in the largest class at Dragstalgia! Congratulations Claire and thank you for everything you do! Unfortunately, Claire couldn’t be at this years event so the trophy was collected by the Wild Bunch on her behalf.

And that just about wraps up another incredible Dragstalgia event. We must say a special thanks to all of the racers, spectators, custom & American car owners that attend the event each year to make it one of the highlights on everyone’s calendar. We look forward to seeing you all back for more of the same next year!

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