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.
What's On At Dragstalgia 2017
National classes racing at Dragstalgia include:
Nitro and methanol nostalgia funny cars and Fuel Altereds including the NFAA and Nostalgia Funny Car, running a cannonball format.
Shootout for quick Front Engined Dragsters only. Entrants must have ran quicker than 8.5 to be eligible.
High riding gassers.
Predominantly slingshots and altereds.
Nostalgia Pro Stock Bike
New for 2017 - Based on historic ACU pro stock rules. The class is for pre-1980 bikes with stock appearance, 7” tyres, carbs and stock main chassis.
Ford Pops and Anglias.
4th Annual Willys Wars
Willys match racing.
Supercharged dragsters, altereds and door slammers.
Shootout for pre 72 American bodied cars with stock rear suspension, carbs only no power adders, slicks are allowed.
Outlaw Flat Four
Heads up drag racing from flat four engined cars.
NSA Bike Shootout
Some of the most historic Drag Bikes around will be taking part in a shootout.
View photos of the Championship Racers and Invitational Cars & Bikes that have provisionally said they will be attending Dragstalgia on the Photo Entry List page.
What was previously known as the RWYB on the Saturday & Sunday has become the Dragstalgia Invitational which means anything goes! We’ve cherry picked the best vehicles from the UK and beyond to join the invited race classes in making some passes throughout the weekend. Entries for this year’s Invitational are now closed.
Run What Ya Brung
Take your car or motorcycle out on the famous quarter-mile dragstrip and test it's performance limits in a safe and legal environment.
Open to pre-1980’s vehicles only, Retro, Classic, Hot Rod and American cars and bikes (sorry, no modern cars or bikes).
RWYB sessions are on Friday from 12pm-7pm with no race classes. Pre-entry is compulsory. Pre-enter by emailing email@example.com.
Please note that at this event, helmets are required for all vehicles travelling faster than 100mph at the finish line. Neck padding and arm restraints are recommended. Full RWYB details at www.RWYB.com.
Autoglym Show & Shine In association with the NSRA (Sunday)
Put your pride and joy on display and you could be going home with a trophy. It's free to enter, just turn up and register on the day. Space is limited and the paddock fills up quickly so be sure to arrive early.
We have prizes from Autoglym and trophies judged by the NSRA for the Best of Show plus 4 runners up completing the Top 5. Open to pre 1980 vehicles only, Retro, Classic, Hot Rod and American cars and bikes.
Trophies will go to those racing in the spirit of the event in the following categories:
Best Backup Girl/Guy
Wheelstand of the Weekend
Burnout of the Weekend
Driving Job of the Weekend
Best Appearing Team
Moment of the Weekend
Spirit of Dragstalgia
Best Appearing Vehicle
Club display areas and club camping areas are available for booking now, to book call 01234 782828 or Download a Dragstalgia Club Booking Form. You must have a minimum of 10 cars to book a club stand or camping area.
20% discount for members of American, Classic, Retro and Hot Rod car clubs including MMA, NSRA, NASC, AACI and UKSM. Offer applies to gate tickets only and you must provide your membership card.
Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the event (and year) is the annual fire
burnout display. Watch in amazement as man and machine strap in, set
themselves on fire and then light up the tyres.
There will be a cacklefest on Saturday evening with cars lining up on the track in front of the grandstand. Keeping the nostalgia vibe going, suitable cars will be push started from the road in front of the grandstand before driving onto the track.
Ken Fox’s Wall of Death
Watch in amazement as Ken Fox’s famous daredevils ride vertically on the Wall of Death.
Live Evening Entertainment
After the track closes head to Fuelers Bar on Friday and Saturday for DJs and Live Bands.
Joe Jive & Wanderers - Fri Night
Playing the music of the 50's and 60's, they also dress in Rock N Roll clothing and use authentic 1950's instruments. Covering hits from all the legends of 50's and 60's including:- Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Ritchie Valens, Connie Francis, Bill Haley, The Shadows and more.
Si's Smokin Aces - Sat Night
Si's Smokin Aces have been rockin & rollin the South East for over 10 years with their unrivalled live energy. Get ready to jive, shake, swing & boogie to your favourite jukebox hits from the 50s.
Dragstalgia Beer Festival
Running along side Dragstalgia will be the return of the Beer Festival with more ales from local breweries. So if you’re a real ale fan then head over to the Fuelers Bar which will be open from Friday.
Historic Car Display
Some of the greatest cars and bikes from Drag Racing's past will be on display in a special marquee.
Swap Meet & Cars 4 Sale
If you're looking to buy or sell vintage cars, bike or parts then head over to the Swap Meet and Cars 4 Sale areas. Both are free.
Pin Striping Demos Pinstriping as an art-form is as old as the hills, commonly associated with coachlining, barge painting and Romany wagons, it's also a big part of the hotrod scene. Watch a master at work as Nefarious will be doing live pin-striping demos.
Fun Fair Rides
There's fun for all the family off track with side shows and Fun Fair Rides.
British Drag Racing Hall of Fame
The BDRHF will be bringing along some of the biggest names from the past 40 years of drag racing. Don’t forget your autograph book for this fantastic opportunity to catch some of your childhood hero’s.
The awesome Fireforce 5 Jet Dragster piloted by Martin Hill will be thundering down the strip.
Camping is included with weekend tickets. Gates opening at 8am Friday. Separate Hot Rod only camping field.
Watch as the brave and the lucky get to ride down the strip in the 7 second Santa Pod 2Seater dragster. See the 2Seater page for how to book a ride.
Catering & Traders
Full catering & bar facilities are available all weekend along with a range of traders.
Nitro FM 96.2 The Santa Pod radio station, Nitro FM will be broadcasting daily from early till late on 96.2FM with a selection of great music, interviews and chat to keep you informed and entertained.
Dragstalgia Pub Quiz
New for 2017, we’re going to be holding the first ever Dragstalgia pub quiz! If you think you know your European Drag Racing History, come along and see how you fare! There’s a trophy on offer for the winner.
Pete Crane Spirit of 76 Award
Over the Easter weekend in 1976, Pete Crane set the world alight at Santa Pod Raceway by not only taking out reigning NHRA Champion Don Garlits in the first round of Top Fuel Dragster, but also running the first 5 second ¼ mile outside of North America on the very same pass. Crane ran a stunning 5.97 at 213mph.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of that very pass (and of course Santa Pod’s 50th), Pete teamed up with Santa Pod Raceway to introduce an award dubbed the “Spirit of 76”. The award will go to someone that has played a major part in creating and shaping the Nostalgia Drag Racing scene of today, someone that has faced a major challenge and succeeded against the odds as Pete did in 76, someone who has demonstrated extreme commitment to Drag Racing in this country, or simply someone that goes that extra mile to achieve their goals or help others within the sport.
The recipient of the award each year will be announced and presented at Dragstalgia with the recipient being chosen by Pete himself.
FREE access to the pits! Get up close to the racers, crew and of course the Dragsters.
Camping included for multiple day ticket holders.
From just £119 + VAT per person come along and enjoy the VIP experience including lunch and balcony viewing. Don't worry if you've already booked your tickets, you can still upgrade for a great day out or a gift. Full information on the Hospitality page.
Dragstalgia - Fri 14th to Sun 16th July 2017 -
Kids Under 16 FREE*
Pre entry only
To Book Tickets please phone 01234 782828 or buy your tickets online.
Advance ticket orders are subject to a booking fee of £2 per ticket and postage fee of £3 per order (£6 recorded, no postage fee on "print at home tickets").
Maximum single online order of 9 admission tickets. To bulk book tickets for clubs or groups you will need to phone the Box Office to place your order.
Advanced ticket prices end on the Friday a week before the event weekend at 5pm. After this time only "print at home tickets" will be available at standard rate.
All tickets are non-refundable.
Ticket prices are per person.
* Three FREE kids per paying Adult, photo ID is required if kids look older than they are.
Day admission is 8am till racing finishes, day tickets will be sold on the gate until 4pm.
Camping is included within multi-day admission tickets, NOT single day tickets. e.g. Sat/Sun ticket = camping Sat night.
Any ticket upgrades made on the day will be charged the difference to full gate price.