Santa Pod Raceway
Drag Racing
Festival of Power

Festival of Power 2017
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th April 2017

An action packed Easter weekend of family Drag Racing entertainment including Top Fuel Dragsters, Nitro Funny Cars, Jet Cars and National Drag Racing. Plus all things powerful off track including Monster Trucks, Stunt Displays and more.

Photo Entry List   For photos of all the drivers and riders that have entered Festival of Power, view the 2017 Photo Entry List.
Festival of Power 2016 Highlights Video
What's on at Festival of Power:
Drag Racing
Top Fuel Dragster
Top Fuel Dragster
These cars run on Nitro Methane and can reach speeds of up to 300mph accelerating from 0 - 100mph in under one second! (All days)

Nostalgia Funny Car
Nostalgia Funny Car
Nitro Funny Cars with classic body styles replicating the golden age of drag racing. (All days)
Pro Mod
MSA Pro Mod
0-240 mph in under 6 seconds! Full-bodied cars with massive engines and monster attitude. Pro Mod is the MSA National Drag Racing Championship class. Info at (All days)
Pit Access
Pit Access
Unlike other motorsport venues the public are able to walk around the pits and watch the crews work on their cars and bikes.
(All days)
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Top Fuel Bike
National Drag Racing Championships

A huge variety of race cars and bikes will be competing in the first round of National Drag Racing championships. (All days)

Car Classes:

  • MSA Pro Mod
  • Nostalgia Funny Car
  • NFAA
  • Super Comp
  • Super Gas
  • Super Street
  • Super Pro ET
  • Pro ET
  • Sportsman ET
  • Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator
  • Comp Eliminator
  • VWDRC Pro
  • VWDRC Sportsman
  • Wildbunch
  • Junior Dragster

Bike Classes:

  • Top Fuel Bike
  • Funny Bike
  • Pro Stock Bike
  • Super Street Bike
  • Competition Bike
  • 8.50 Bike
  • 9.50 Bike
  • Junior Drag Bike

View descriptions of the various Drag Racing classes on the Classes page, in the Drag Racing section of this site.

Jet Cars
Multiple Jet cars will be running side by side over the 1/8th mile as well as 1/4 mile solo runs each day. These car can develop up to 5,000 lbs of thrust or 10,000 horsepower.
Jet Funny Car
Fireforce 3
Martin Hill's World Record Breaking Chevrolet Lumina bodied Jet Funny Car with a Pratt & Whitney J60 engine from a Sikorsky Skycrane helicopter. (All days)
Fireforce 4
Fireforce 4
Martin Hill's Chevrolet Camaro bodied Jet Funny Car. (All days)
Fireforce 5
Fireforce 5
The latest addition to the FireForce stable, Martin Hill's Jet Dragster uses 28 gallons of aviation fuel per run. (All days)
Dragon Hunter
Dragon Hunter
Gerd Habermann will be bringing his Pontiac Jet Funny Car from Germany. (All days)
Roger Goring's state of the art Jet car is one of only 3 centre drive Jet Funny Cars in the world and the only one outside of the USA. Ford Mustang bodied and powered by a General Electric J85-5 Turbo-jet. (All days)

Jet Dragster
Split Second
The Split Second Jet Dragster driven by Julian Webb. (All days)
Jet School Bus
Jet School Bus
Gerd Habermann will also be bringing his Jet School Bus from Germany. (All days)
Mini Jet Car
Mini Jet Car
‘Reign of Fire’ is a GBC Mini Pro Funny Car and is powered by a Rolls Royce Gnome jet engine. This mini jet car is piloted by Lee Dennick. (All days)

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Demonstrations, Stunts & Exhibition Vehicles
Alongside the drag racing there will be demonstration vehicles galore! Promising high-octane excitement both on and off the track for a true "motorsport extravaganza" including Monster Trucks, Stunt Shows and Air Displays!
Monster Truck
Monster Trucks
The car crushing Monster Trucks Podzilla and Swamp Thing will be attempting to out jump each other. (All days)
Podzilla Swampthing

Drift Show
Drift Display
Team Maximum Lock from Malta will be performing their synchronised, close formation driving, drift show. (All days)
Maximum Lock
Lee Bowers
Lee Bowers
Top freestyle motorcycle stunt rider Lee Bowers will be wowing the crowds with his jaw-dropping motorbike stunts. (All days)
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Jason Smyth
The Adrenaline Tour
Ex world championship motocross rider Jason Smyth brings an awesome Quad and Motorcycle Stunt show. (Fri only)
Car Football
Car Football
Watch as the mayhem unfolds with live car football, two teams of three cars each and a great big ball. (Sat only)
European Burnout Championship
The EDC has been working with the Ozzies to bring the sport they’ve developed and owned to the shores of the UK. Festival of Power will be the host to a round of this unique sport.
Broke FMX
Broke FMX
Top Freestyle Motocross riders will be performing gravity defying tricks as they jump between ramps. (Sun only)
Broke FMX
Jet Car
Jet Peugeot Car
Herve Franquin's will be bringing his Peugeot 205 Jet Car all the way from France to warm up the crowds at the Live Action Arena. (All days)
Savage Skills
Savage Skills
There will be Trials Bike displays from the Savage Skills team.
Savage Skills
The Pinders Circus will be bringing a dazzling family circus show to Festival of Power with performers ready to astound young and old alike. (All days)
Pinders Circus
Rides, Exhibits & Kids Entertainment
As well as watching the Drag Racing and Stunt Displays and Circus there will be plenty more going on at Festival of Power where you can have a go yourself.
Fun Fair Rides
Fun Fair Rides
Enjoy all the fun of the fair with rides including dodgems and waltzers, arcades, sideshows and more. (All days)
Fuelers Bar
Evening Entertainment
For those camping over with multi-day tickets there is evening entertainment in Fuelers Bar each night with live bands Never The Agreed on Fri and Slim 47 Sat. (Fri & Sat)
Kids Entertainment
Kids Entertainment
There will be plenty going on for youngsters, including a kids area with Arts & Crafts, Face Painting and Ceramic Workshops plus kids entertainers roaming around site. (Fri, Sat & Sun)
2 Seater
2Seater Dragster
For the ultimate thrill ride, the 7 second Santa Pod 2 Seater Dragster will be running, with passenger rides available. Full details on the 2 Seater page. (All days)
Lamborghini Club
Lamborghini Club UK
Open to all who share an indefinable passion for the Lamborghini marque and its rich history. The club will
be putting on a display to celebrate and appreciate the most outrageous, exciting and exotic cars in the world. (Fri only)
Ferrari Club
Ferrari Club
This year is the 70th anniversary of Ferrari and also the 50th anniversary of the Ferrari Owners’ Club UK. The Ferraris on display are from the Three Shires Area Group (Northants, Beds and Bucks), one of many area groups across the UK that provide extra events in addition to those generated by the main club. (Sat only)
It’s A Sharnbrook Thing! A display presented by the Sharnbrook Hotel featuring a variety of supercars. Since 2007, they have welcomed petrolheads to the hotel from far and wide with classic jalopies to hypercars. Throughout the car season they host a variety of events with the hotel as backdrop serving up from their famous Pizza’s to Sunday Roasts. (Sun only)
Army Air Corps
The Army Air Corps will be bringing a Lynx Helicopter and a Osh-kosh, giving the public the opportunity to get up close to these powerful machines.
Monster Truck Rides
Rides in the back of the monster truck Red Dragon will be available throughout the day. (Passengers must be over 3ft tall)
Red Dragon
Mini Monster Trucks
Mini Monster Trucks
Straight from the USA to the UK are adrenaline rushing Mini Monster truck rides for kids and young adults where you get to drive. Experience driving a real Miniature Version of Podzilla. (All days)
Bars & Caterers
There multiple bars and a range of caterers to suit all tastes on site at Santa Pod Raceway. (All days)
There will be a wide range of traders selling everything from motorsport clothing to model dragsters. (All days)
Nitro FM
Nitro FM - 96.2
The Santa Pod radio station Nitro FM will be broadcasting daily, early till late on 96.2FM with great music, interviews and chat to keep you informed and entertained. (All days)
Kiddie Karts
Kiddie Karts
A go kart driving experience for young children aged between 3-11. Lots of fun in a safe environment. Kids will find them very easy to drive with light, accurate steering and smooth controls. Electric operated so noise free.
Helicopter Flights
Helicopter Pleasure Flights
If you have always wanted to fly in a helicopter then this is your chance with Pleasure Flights around the raceway site available. (Weather permitting. £45 per person, adult or child)
Hospitality From just £99 + 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.
Festival of Power Tickets
  • FREE parking for all ticket holders.
  • FREE access to the pits! Get up close to the racers, crew and of course the Dragsters.
  • Camping included for multiple day ticket holders.
  • Limited overnight camping on Sunday until midday Monday - Sorry, but due to the increasingly heavy demand placed on our site services over such a long weekend, we will no longer be able to accommodate spectator camping over Sunday night unless you are self sufficient as there will be limited facilities on site.
Festival of Power - Fri 14th to Sun 16th April 2017 - Kids Under 16 FREE*
Ticket Type Standard Advance Grandstand Gates Open Track Fee
Friday £25 £19 £6(std)/£3(adv) Fri 8am N/A
Saturday £25 £19 £6(std)/£3(adv) Sat 8am N/A
Sunday £25 £19 £6(std)/£3(adv) Sun 8am N/A
Fri/Sat £55 £45 per day Fri 8am N/A
Sat/Sun £55 £45 per day Sat 8am N/A
Fri/Sat/Sun £60 £52 per day Fri 8am N/A
Thu Arrival £65 £58 per day Thu 8am N/A

Buy Tickets Online   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.
  • Parking is free.
  • Please see Essential Info page for Rain Off Policy and other terms and conditions.
  • For RWYB don't forget your driving Licence.
  • Caravan Club members get 20% discount on selected Santa Pod tickets. View details and exclusions here.
Festival of Power Menu

Festival of Power 2017: Preview / Photo Entry List
Festival of Power 2016: Report / Photo Entry List / Facebook Photo Gallery
Festival of Power 2015: Report / Video / Photo Entry List / Facebook Photo Gallery
Festival of Power 2014: Report / Video / Photo Entry List / Facebook Photo Gallery
Festival of Power 2013: Report / Photo Entry List / Photo Gallery
Prior to 2013 the Easter event was known as Easter Thunderball
Easter Thunderball 2012: Report / Photo Entry List / Photo Gallery / Photo Competition
Easter Thunderball 2011: Report / Photo Entry List / Galleries: Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon / Photo Comp
Easter Thunderball 2010: Report / Photo Entry List / Galleries: Frid | Sat | Sun | Mon
Easter Thunderball 2009: Report / Photo Entry List / Galleries: Frid | Sat | Sun | Mon
Easter Thunderball 2008: Report / Photo Entry List / Galleries: Frid | Sat | Sun | Mon
Easter Thunderball 2007: Report / Photo Entry List / Galleries: Thur | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon
Easter Thunderball 2006: Report / Gallery
Easter Thunderball 2005: Report / Gallery
Easter Thunderball 2004: Report

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