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Junior Drag Racing Fun Day 2014

Wednesday 20th August 2014

The 2nd annual Junior Drag Racing Fun Day was certainly a day the kids will talk about when they go back to school in September. Building on the success of the 1st Junior Drag Day last year, 2014 saw just over 4,000 spectators arrive through the gates. Admission for the day was totally free of charge and clearly many families took the opportunity to have an inexpensive fun-filled day out.

The day was presented in association with Santa Pod Raceway sponsor, Alamo Rent A Car and although admission to the event was free, any voluntary donations went towards Wellingborough based charity, Niamh’s Next Step.

Junior Funny Car   Junior Dragster   Junior Drag Bike   Junior Dragster

Over 40 Junior Drag Racing entrants competed in their own classes on the drag strip with racers as young as 8 years old competing with both junior bikes and junior dragsters under the eyes of a 4,000 strong audience.

Aside from the junior racers, the drag strip also had a special ‘Lightning McQueen v Chick Hicks’ drag race and much to the children’s delight, Lightning McQueen won!
Certainly the biggest and loudest track action came from world recording breaking FireForce3 jet funny car who thundered down the ¼ mile in 5.9 seconds much to the cheers of the audience in the grandstand and on the bank.

Lightning McQueen   Lightning McQueen   Jet Car   Jet Car

Off-track, there was more entertainment than you could shake a stick at. Niamh’s Next Step offered face-painting and glitter tattoos from their purple awareness marquee and proved extremely popular with never ending queues for most of the day.
Lightning McQueen and Chick Hicks also proved a hit with the children who could have their photo taken inside the cars for a small donation.

There was a variety of static motor displays featuring dragsters, sports cars, karting & rally cars plus a welcome addition of 3 JASCARS which are the junior class of NASCARS.

Face Painting   Lightning McQueen   Race Karts   JASCAR

The Paddock Arena was constantly busy with Go Motorsport offering free passenger rides in cars competing in an AutoSolo organised especially for the show. Lee Bowers worked his magic and impressed the crowds with his array of tricks and acrobatic skills on his range of Kawasaki bikes.
The Monster Truck Arena housed two 5 tonne beasts in the form of Santa Pod’s resident monster Truck ‘Podzilla’ who put on a dazzling car crushing show at lunchtime. Those with a head for heights could climb aboard the back of ‘Red Dragon’, the UK’s only 10 seater passenger monster truck, and feel the cars crumple beneath them.

Go Motorsport   Lee Bowers   Podzilla   Red Dragon

Kids and big kids alike had a whole host of attractions and rides provided for their pleasure including the funfair, inflatable slide, bouncy castle, bucking broncho, crazy golf and a racing simulator ride. Or for those who wanted to chill out for a while, they could make playdough models or loom band bracelets in the craft area whilst watching the movie on the big screen.

Inflatables   Bucking Broncho   Crazy Golf   Race Simulator

The total amount raised for Niamh’s Next Step during the Junior Drag Racing Fun Day 2014 was an amazing £3348.50

Every penny of the donations will go into funding vital research into the rare childhood cancer, Neuroblastoma.

In memory of Niamh Curry and on behalf of Niamh's Next Step we thank you all.

  JDR 2014 Gallery
See the full Facebook Photo Gallery of the Junior Drag Racing Fun Day 2014 on the Santa Pod Raceway facebook page!   JDR 2014 Gallery

Drag Racing Results:

Junior Dragster - Winner Lucas Dubourget and Runner-up Tyler Ashdown
Junior Dragster   Junior Dragster Winner   Junior Dragster   Junior Dragster Runner-up

Junior Advanced - Winner Joe Kellett and Runner-up Paige Wheeler
Junior Dragster   Junior Advanced Winner   Junior Dragster   Junior Advanced Runner-up

Junior Modified - Winner Thomas Cook-Abbott and Runner-up Belle Wheeler
Junior Dragster   Junior Modified Winner   Junior Dragster   Junior Modified Runner-up

Junior Stock - Winner Skye Collier and Runner-up Katie Ellis
Junior Dragster   Juinior Stock Winner   Junior Dragster   Juinior Stock Runner-up

Junior Bike 1 - Winner Louis Davies and Runner-up Blade Dummer
Junior Drag Bike   Junior Bike 1 Winner   Junior Drag Bike   Junior Bike 1 Runner-up

Junior Bike 2 - Winner Louis Davies and Runner-up Alfie Udall
Junior Drag Bike   Junior Bike 2 Winner   Junior Drag Bike   Junior Bike 2 Runner-up


Niamh's Next Step  

Niamh's Next Step supports children and families with Neuroblastoma, a devastating childhood cancer. Set up in memory of Niamh Curry who captured the world’s hearts and sadly lost her battle in May 2012. Support us to raise awareness. www.niamhsnextstep.org

In memory of Niamh.



Junior Drag Racing Fun Day Menu:

Junior Drag Racing Fun Day 2016: Preview
Junior Drag Racing Fun Day 2015: Report / Photo Gallery
Junior Drag Racing Fun Day 2014: Report / Photo Gallery
Junior Drag Racing Fun Day 2013: Report / Photo Gallery

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