Flame & Thunder is Santa Pod’s annual, end of season showcase filled with as much entertainment as you can possibly fit into one day and 2015 closed the track for another year with a supersonic bang!
The track opened for drag demo’s bright and early and it wasn’t long before we had our first stand out (or stand up) moment of the day. Andy Morgan in his VW Split Screen Camper Van turned the bus up to 11 re-set his, already very impressive, 11 second PB. Unfortunately for Andy, the van took off in a big way pulling an enormous wheelie but coming down with an enormous thud. The good news is, Andy is in good spirits and on the road to recovery.
As the day went on, we saw plenty of huge smoky burnouts and wheels up, wild rides right into the evening. Liam Jones put in a couple of Ground Shaking launches, the 2nd of which beneath the pyrotechnic aerial display from the Twister air display team and it was good to see a couple of good full passes from Robin Read too! Eric Teboul wow’ed the crowds on 2 wheels with a pair of astonishing 5 second runs and there were some pounding passes from the Jet cars of Julian Webb and Martin Hill.
The Live Action Arena was alive all day long from the pit party first thing right through until the night show with the monster trucks running in the dark and Maximum Lock adding some pyro’s to their already impressive drift show!
The day would have stood up alone as a static car show with a fantastic array of trucks, street legal monster trucks, show cars with something for everyone, steam engines and everything in between. One of the highlights was undoubtedly the transformers display which was opposite the main stage that played host to the superhero dance show featuring none other than bumblebee. The stage featured a selection of high calibre acts including Beat boxing from Bloxed Beats and the Little Mix Experience.
Of course no Flame & Thunder would be complete without the huge bonfire and fireworks display triggered by none other than Martin Hill and the FireForce 3 Jet Funny Car! Check out all the highlights in the video and photo gallery here.
Thanks for everyone who came along to help us celebrate the close of another successful year!