Santa Pod Raceway
Drag Racing

FIA/FIM Main Event 2016
Fri 27th to Mon 30th May 2016

FIA European Drag Racing Championships Inc FIM Europe Drag Bikes

Round 1 of the FIA/FIM European Championships is one of Santa Pod's most prestigious Drag Race meetings. This hugely popular, televised extravaganza features over 200 teams and 17 classes of cars and bikes including the sports F1 class – 8000bhp Top Fuel Dragsters accelerating 0-100mph in less than 1 second, making this event unrivalled for both the quality and quantity of racing.

As well as the Drag Racing there's fun for all the family with a full line up of entertainment suitable for kids and adults alike including for 2016 The Red Arrows on Sunday - this is the ultimate family day out for the bank holiday weekend. kids under 16 go free!

What's on at Main Event:
Drag Racing
Top Fuel Dragster

Car Classes

  • FIA Top Fuel Dragster
  • European Funny Car Series
  • FIA Top Methanol Dragsters
  • FIA Top Methanol Funny Car
  • FIA Pro Stock Car
  • FIA / MSA Pro Modified Championship
  • Super Comp
  • Super Gas
  • Super Street
  • Super Pro ET
  • Pro ET
  • Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator
  • Comp Eliminator
  • Junior Dragster

FIA Classes Sat, Sun & Mon only
Top Fuel Bike

Bike Classes:

  • FIM Supertwin Bike
  • FIM Top Fuel Bike
  • FIM Pro Stock Bike
  • FIM European Super Street Bike Cup

Bike classes Sat, Sun & Mon only


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

Photo Entry List

  For photos of all the drivers and riders that have entered Main Event, view the 2016 Photo Entry List, including 8 Top Fuel Dragsters and 22 Pro Mods!

Running order


The provisional running order for the 2016 FIA/FIM European Championship - 'Main Event' is now available on the Main Event 2016 Running Order page.

Top Fuel
Live Web Broadcast
Live Web TV   There will be a Live Web Broadcast from the Main Event with multi-camera coverage including qualifying sessions and eliminations from Sunday morning through to the Finals on Monday. Watch live on the WebTV page.
Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery   View photos from the FIA/FIM Main Event 2016 on the Facebook Photo Gallery.
Air Displays inc Red Arrows
Red Arrows
Red Arrows Display - Sunday
The Red Arrows’ display is carefully choreographed by the Team Leader and is changed each year. There are three types of display – full, rolling or flat – and Red 1 decides which one to fly at an event depending on the weather. The full display is 21 minutes in duration, featuring a first half of synchronised formation aerobatics followed by a more dynamic second half.

The Red Arrows

For this season’s show, there are a number of new moves added to the show, including the Whirlwind – where all nine jets are seen rolling, before going into the Blackbird loop. Also, watch out for the revival of the Mirror Roll, which has not been flown by the team for five years. It involves Red 6 flying an inverted barrel roll at minus-2.5G.

And, in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the Royal Air Force’s continued role in 2015 in securing the skies, the Red Arrows are flying the shape of a Spitfire. In this manoeuvre, Reds 4 and 5 trail smoke to represent the wing tip vortexes seen in the intense battle over the United Kingdom. (Sunday Only - time tbc)

Breitling Wingwalkers
Bringing the Golden Era of aviation back to life, the Breitling Wingwalkers blend grace and style with absolute precision. Flying Boeing Stearman biplanes, the professional pilots and elegant wingwalkers create a visual delight for the crowds at airshows around the globe! (Sat only)
Demonstrations, Stunts & Exhibition Vehicles
As well as the Drag Racing there's fun for all the family with a full line up of entertainment suitable for kids and adults alike - this is the ultimate family day out for the bank holiday weekend. kids under 16 go free!
Jet Cars
Jet Cars
The awesome Fireforce 3 Jet Funny Car and Fireforce 5 Jet Dragster piloted by Martin Hill will be thundering down the strip. (All days)

Rocket Bike
Rocket Bike
The crazy Frenchman Eric Teboul will be hurtling down the strip at over 200mph on his world record breaking Rocket Bike. (Sat, Sun & Mon)
Monster Truck
Monster Trucks
The car crushing Monster Trucks Podzilla and Swamp Thing will be attempting to out jump each other. (Sat, Sun & Mon.

Podzilla Swampthing
Drift Show
Drift Display
Team Maximum Lock from Malta will be performing their synchronised, close formation driving, drift show. (Sat, Sun & Mon)
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)
lee bowers
The London Cheerleaders are a family friendly team of cheerleaders who will be providing world class entertainment. (Sat, Sun & Mon)
London Cheerleaders
Pop Bang Colour
Pop Bang Colour
Artist Ian Cook is known internationally for his unique form of painting where he creates his art solely using radio-controlled cars, car tyres and toy car wheels as his paintbrushes. Ian will be creating drag racing paintings each day at the Main Event. (Sat, Sun & Mon)
Pop Bang Colour
Nostalgia Display
Nostalgia Display
As part of our 50th anniversary, we’re displaying some very special vehicles this weekend with a mixture of both historic period vehicles and some nostalgic new builds! (Sat, Sun & Mon)

Autographs - Some of the greatest names from Drag Racing's past will be taking part in an autograph signing session in the Nostalgia Display Marquee on Monday including Barry Sheavills, Kevin Pilling, Peter Crane, John Hobbs, Ken Cooper, John and Brian Hazelton. (Mon, 12 noon)
Wheelie Car
Wheelie Car
The historic "High Risk" wheelie car is a Corvette stingray that runs the quarter mile quicker on two wheels than most production cars can on four. "High Risk" is a real piece of Santa Pod's history as it has been wheeling down the drag strip since the '60s.
FIA/FIM Main Event 2015 Highlights Video:
Rides, Exhibits & Kids Entertainment
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. £40 per person, adult or child)

2 Seater Rides

2 Seater Dragster
Watch as the brave and the lucky get to ride down the strip in the 7 second Santa Pod 2 Seater dragster. See the 2 Seater page for how to book a ride. (All days)

Monster Truck Rides

Monster Truck Rides
Rides in the back of the monster truck Red Dragon will be available throughout the day. (All days) (Passengers must be over 3ft tall)

Red Dragon
Fun Fair Rides

Funfair Rides
Enjoy all the fun of the fair with rides including dodgems and waltzers, arcades, sideshows and more. (All days)

Kids Entertainment

Kid's 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. (Sat, Sun & Mon)

Live Bands

Evening Entertainment
For those camping over with multi-day tickets there is evening entertainment in Fuelers Bar each night with live bands on Sat and Sun. (Sat & Sun)

Climbing Wall

Climbing Wall
If you're an experienced climber or a complete novice, there will be a mobile Climbing Wall with qualified staff on hand to show you what to do. £5 per person for up to 4 climbs. (All days)


Trade Village
There will be a wide range of traders selling everything from motorsport clothing to model dragsters. (All days)

Crazy Golf

Crazy Golf
There will be a 9 hole crazy golf course with all the classic obstacles including Windmills, Loop 'd' loop, and jumps. (Adults £2.50, Kids £2, Family of 4 £7)

Circus Whiz

Circus Whiz
An interactive circus skills workshop for all the family. Learn how to juggle, use diablos and devil sticks, spin a rope or plate, walk on pedal-gos, cups and fun stilts or just come and play. (All days)

Mini Monsters

Mini Monster Trucks
Straight from the USA to the UK are Mini Monster truck rides for kids and young adults where you get to drive a real Miniature Version of Podzilla.

Bounce n Box

Bars & Caterers
There multiple bars and a range of caterers to suit all tastes on site at Santa Pod Raceway. (All days)

VIP / Hospitality

From £109 + VAT per person, come along and enjoy the VIP experience including lunch. Don't worry if you've already booked your tickets, you can still upgrade for a great day out or a gift.

Packages include: Hospitality Suites, Pitside Balcony, Mid Track, Grandstand and Quarter Mile Club. More information on the VIP/Hospitality page or call 01234 78288.

FIA/FIM Main Event Tickets
  • FREE parking for all ticket holders.
  • FREE access to the pits! Get up close to the racers, crew and of course the Dragsters.
  • The FIA & UEM race classes along with the off track displays will be on Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Friday is sportsman race classes only, plus Fireforce.
  • Limited overnight camping on 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 Monday night unless you are self sufficient as there will be limited facilities on site.
FIA/FIM Main Event - Fri 27th to Mon 30th May 2016 - Kids Under 16 FREE*
Ticket Type Standard Advance Grandstand Gates Open Track Fee
Friday £15 £12 FREE Fri 8am N/A
Saturday £40 £32 £10(std)/£7(adv) Sat 8am N/A
Sunday £40 £32 £10(std)/£7(adv) Sun 8am N/A
Monday £40 £32 £10(std)/£7(adv) Mon 8am N/A
Sat/Sun £70 £62 per day Sat 8am N/A
Sun/Mon £70 £62 per day Sun 8am N/A
Sat/Sun/Mon £80 £67 per day Sat 8am N/A
All 4 Days £90 £75 per day Thu 2pm 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.
  • 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.
FIA/FIM Main Event Menu

The Main Event 2016: Preview / Facebook Photo Galley / Photo Entry List / Running Order
The Main Event 2015: Report / Facebook Photo Galley / Photo Entry List
The Main Event 2014: Winners / Facebook Photo Galley / Photo Entry List
The Main Event 2013: Winners / Photo Gallery / Photo Entry List
The Main Event 2012: Report / Photo Gallery / Photo Entry List / Photo Competition
The Main Event 2011: Report & Gallery / Photo Entry List / Photo Competition
The Main Event 2010: Report / Photo Entry List / Daily Gallery Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon
The Main Event 2009: Report / Photo Entry List / Daily Gallery Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon
The Main Event 2008: Report / Photo Entry List / Daily Gallery Thu | Fri | Sat
The Main Event 2007: Report / Photo Entry List / Daily Gallery Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon
The Main Event 2006: Report / Gallery
The Main Event 2005: Report / Gallery
The Main Event 2004: Report

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