Sunday 10th October 2021
Over the years, from the very first GTI Festival events in the late 1980s, the shows have attracted hordes of Volkswagen enthusiasts to several different venues around the UK. The GTI Festival and GTI International were for a decade or more, just about the only specialist water cooled VW events of the year. The GTI Festival is now a Final Fling season finale, before the time comes to put cars away for the close season, or pull them apart for mods or winter rebuilds.
The GTI Festival is for enthusiasts of all VAG marques, SEAT, Skoda, Audi and of course Volkswagen. Now the Volkswagen Group includes Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti too, but the closest we will probably come to seeing any of those will be Bentley rims shoehorned under late Golf arches!
Buy Tickets Online at www.santapodtickets.com or phone Box Office on 01234 782828
Run What Ya Brung
VAG Vehicles Only, Pre-Booking Only
Awards on the track include quickest VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda, as well as a number of awards based on engine sizes. At Santa Pod, you are driving on a superb purpose built surface, and using world record standard calibrated timing. The Santa Pod marshalls and safety teams are the most practiced and efficient staff in Europe. Basically, you are getting the absolute best available when you sprint at the GTI Festival!
Get your VAG pride & joy out on the famous quarter mile and see what it can do with a full performance print-out available for each run. You will need to bring your driving licence to sign-on.
New COVID-19 Signing On Procedure!
Please note there will be No Signing On, on the day. The sign on procedure is now built into the online ticket purchasing process BUT you will still need to present your driving licence at the signing on office. No Tickets or Race Vouchers will be available on the gate
Sign-on costs £35 for the day and you can put in as many runs as you want. Full RWYB Info
Class A - 1400cc & Below Stock or Modified
Class B - 1401cc - 1600cc Stock or Modified
Class C - 1601cc - 1800cc Stock or Modified
Class D - 1801cc & Above Stock or Modified
Class E - Aircooled VW
Quickest VW (overall)
Quickest Van (overall)
Quickest Audi (overall)
Quickest Skoda (overall)
Quickest SEAT (overall)
Quickest Diesel (overall)
Quickest Lady (overall)
Visit www.rwyb.co.uk for more info.
Show & Shine
The GTI Festival Show & Shine has a massive number of awards including Best Engineering, Best Paint, Best Engine and many more. There are also 'top twenty' trophies open to all marques. Don’t forget, the GTI Festival is for all VAG vehicles equally. So if you are the proud owner of something special, bring it round to the Show Paddock and park up. Its free to enter and there’s need to pre-register, just sign up on the day.
Best Of Show (overall)
Top 20 (across all marques)
Top 5 Girlz N Dubz
Along with SPRINGfest, the GTI Festival is planned to be the very best one day show of its kind, and every effort is made to bring you a good selection of appropriate traders. Any companies using promotion staff / models are especially welcome, and we can arrange for multi show winning cars to visit your stand for public 'photoshoots'.
The GTI Festival Autojumble is - unlike many shows - absolutely free to show visitors wishing to sell their (private, not trade) VAG bits. All you need do is locate the huge autojumble area, and set out your wares. Spaces are on a first come, first served basis, until the entire area is full. And as it is now becoming difficult to locate certain parts for older watercooled models, it's well worth visiting to browse or buy, even if you are not planning to be selling at the show. Traders should book a trade plot.
Girlz N Dubz
Girlz N Dubz features the hottest cars and the coolest owners! Girlz N Dubs kicked off at the ‘VAGfest’ GTi Festival in July 2010, and was an immediate success. It’s worth noting straight away that all cars entered into the Girlz N Dubz competition are automatically included in the main Show & Shine, and will be judged alongside the regular Show & Shine, in addition to being considered for the many Girlz N Dubz trophies. We expect the Girlz N Dubz display to grow and grow, and after a good start last year, we are confident that the competition will be strong and the number of contestants will grow each year.
GTI Festival also features a special Girlz N Dubs 'Wildest Ride' award to the quickest female on the dragstrip during the event. The Girlz N Dubs 'Wildest Ride' trophy will be contested between all girlz, (whether or not they also have a show car in the Girlz N Dubz contest.) Normal signing on fees apply.
And they said drag racers don't do bends. Introduced in 2010, and free to take part, is the totally insane ‘Dizzy Rascals’ course. A course which is a combination of ‘double roundabouts, straights and chicanes, and which was such a runaway success last July. It was all a bit bonkers, a bit ‘anarchic’, but lots of fun for contestants and spectators alike. The course is very suited to short wheelbase front wheel cars, but 2010 saw everything from Lupos to Transporters having a go at driving the day’s fastest lap, for which a trophy was awarded. There was a constant line of participants, the squeal of tyres, and the crowded spectator area. One car on the track at a time, against the clock, with awards for the fastest boyz and girlz! It’s a completely untried combination of sprint and autotest, it’s free, and you just have to give it a go!
The GTI Festival is a show where all VAG vehicles are welcome with open arms. All clubs are invited to display during the day; the clubs area is now able to accommodate in excess of the 40 clubs who regularly attend the event. If you want your club to be part of the show, you need to act fast. The earliest club bookings get pride of place, and we expect to see a huge number of clubs and registers represented, so please get in early!
If you would like to book a club display area and you have a minimum of 10 cars, please Download a Club Booking form.
All clubs will need to submit a new 2021 form, no bookings will simply ‘roll over.’ Please bear in mind that our Box Office is not open full time yet and still operating with a significantly reduced workforce so your continued patience is appreciated at this time.
In line with the latest government legislation regarding the NHS Test & trace system, every customer (over the age of 16) must provide their name and contact details, not just the lead booker. Failure to provide these details may result in refusal of entry to Santa Pod Raceway.
Bars & Caterers
There are licensed bars and caterers on site selling food and drink. Cash machines are in the Shops but please be ready to pay for items on site from our catering units and Pod Shop with contactless card payment rather than cash. View details.
2020 Photo Gallery
View photos from GTI Festival on the Facebook Photo Gallery.
GTI Festival Tickets
No Tickets Or Race Vouchers Will Be Available On The Gate, Pre-Booking Only
Buy Tickets Online at www.santapodtickets.com or phone Box Office on 01234 782828
|Admission Ticket||Adults||Kids (5-15)||Gates Open|
- All tickets and sign-on procedures are Pre-Booking Only – No tickets or sign-on will be available on the gate.
- 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").
- 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 with no booking fee.
- All tickets are non-refundable. All tickets and RWYB track time are subject to availability and sold on a first come first served basis.
- The option of Ticket Insurance via TicketPlan is available when you purchase your tickets.
- Ticket prices are per person.
- Kids tickets - Photo ID is required if kids look older than they are. Kids under 5 are free.
- Day admission is 8am till racing finishes.
- Camping is not available.
- Any ticket upgrades made on the day will be charged the difference to full gate price.
- Parking is free.
- Certain activities including Drag Racing are subject to weather and track conditions.
- No Glass! No Pets! No Fireworks! No Chinese Lanterns! No Drones! view full Essential Info.
- Please see Essential Info page for Adverse Weather Ticket Policy and other Terms and Conditions.
- For RWYB don't forget your driving Licence.