Santa Pod Raceway

VW Breakout

NOW 28th to 30th May 2021

VW Breakout replaces Big Bang!

A three-day relaxed weekend VW Festival. With all the elements of the shows we all know and love! Quarter mile track action features VW Drag Racing and RWYB, alongside Show & Shine, Traders, Fun Fair and Bar meaning you can enjoy the later evenings camping with friends!

Whilst we all spent most of 2020 quite literally locked down, many VW lovers managed at least one weekend getaway to the Pod for the first ever VW Breakout event in September. Even though it was a socially distanced affair and we had to make some compromises to the event line-up, it was a clear sign that the VW community will come out of the other side of Covid-19 as strong as ever and an enjoyable weekend was had by all.

In recent years, the Big Bang event has changed with the VW specific focus moving away from the track to pave the way for the coveted Doorslammers event, providing top class drag racing from a variety of door cars. With a natural break due to Covid and consequential birth of VW Breakout, we’ve decided that the time is now to say goodbye to Big Bang and hello to a permanent date for VW Breakout.

Buy Tickets Online at or phone Box Office on 01234 782828

We are pleased to announce this 2021 date. The exact line-up for this event will be announced in due course as we understand more about the COVID-19 restrictions that may be in place nearer the time. In 2020, Santa Pod Raceway was proud to have become a COVID secure venue and operated several events successfully throughout the changes in Government guidelines. Santa Pod was able to accommodate full drag racing track action together with a range of exhibition vehicles on and around the drag strip as well as the popular camping element to our shows. Grandstand viewing, show car displays, catering and trade stands, were all executed in an approved COVID secure manner so you can expect all those kind of activities again at the very least but we’re hoping to expand our offering of course!

Tickets and more information will be coming soon. Thank you for your patience.

COVID-19: At Santa Pod Raceway the safety and welfare of racegoers, participants and our staff is our highest priority. To ensure our site is Covid secure, visitors will find hygiene, social distancing and safety measures around site in line with Government guidance. View the latest information regarding how the situation is affecting events at Santa Pod Raceway on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.
What's On:
Drag Racing

There will be multiple Drag Racing classes competing on track. (Sat & Sun)

  • Nostalgia Superstock
  • Outlaw Anglia
  • Gasser Circus
  • Supercharged Outlaws
  • VWDRC Heads Up

Photo Entry List: View The current VW Breakout Entry List

View descriptions of the various Drag Racing Classes

Race Entries: Racers can enter and pay online at

VW RWYB - Run What Ya Brung

VAG/Hot Rod only RWYB. Pre-Booking Only

No matter what type of VAG vehicle or Hot Rod (inc. American muscle) you have, you can put it to the test down the world famous Santa Pod strip! (Fri, Sat & Sun)

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

Show n Shine
Autoglym Show 'n' Shine
Open to VAG Only, Pre-Booking Only

Restored, modified or original… if you've got a cool VW that you want to show off, get it out of the car park and into the Show 'n' Shine Paddock. (Sunday)

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 and remains Free to Enter. Your reg number/number plate will be your Show ‘n’ Shine entry number.

Please ensure you have your Show & Shine Vehicle Pass clearly visible on arrival. Show Paddock parking may be available on the day subject to availability, however you will not be able to sign on to compete - Priority goes to those who have signed on in advance.

Autoglym prizes and trophies for:

  • Top 10
  • Best of Show
  • Judges Choice

Santa Pub Garden
Santa Pub Garden

The Santa Pub Garden is a chill out area that allows you to sit back and enjoy some movies on Friday and the Livestream on screen on Saturday and Sunday, meaning you wont miss any of the action.

The relaxed vibes will continue into the evening on Friday and Saturday. Enjoy a few beers in the ‘Santa Pub Garden’ with music playing! (All days)

Fireforce 3
Fireforce 3

The awesome Fireforce 3 Jet Car will be thundering down the strip. The jet engine develops thrust equivalent to more than 10,000hp and can run the quarter-mile in 5 seconds with a terminal speed of 270mph! (Sat & Sun)

Fireforce 5
Fireforce 5

The Jet Dragster otherwise known as Fireforce 5 will be lighting up the quarter mile. Fitted with the same engine as Fireforce 3 but the lighter weight means speeds in excess of 300mph. (Sat & Sun)


On site camping is included with all multi-day admission tickets to Santa Pod Raceway. View details on the Camping Page where you can also find link to Santa Pod's partners for Campervan and Motorhome Hire.

Fun Fair Rides
Fun Fair Rides

All the fun of the fair with Dodgems, Waltzers, Arcades, Candy Floss and Sideshows. (All Days)

Token Bundles available from the Dodgems counter. Get 27 funfair tokens for £25 OR 55 tokens for £50 and really keep the kids busy for hours! Each token counts as £1 when redeemed. (tokens are non-refundable)

Ride prices: Dodgems - £4, Waltzer - £3, Sizzler - £3, Trampolines - £3, Kiddies Rides - £3.

Mini Monster Trucks
Mini Monster Trucks
Straight from the USA to the UK are Mini Monster truck rides for kids where you get to drive a real Miniature Version of Podzilla. (All Days)
There will be traders at the show selling anything from clothing and stickers to polish and collectables. (All Days)
Bars & Caterers
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 Caterer details. (All days)

VW Breakout - Tickets

No Tickets Or Race Vouchers Will Be Available On The Gate, Pre-Booking Only

Buy Tickets Online at or phone Box Office on 01234 782828

  Adults Kids (5-15)  
Ticket Type Adv Std Adv Std Gates Open
Friday NO Friday Day Tickets N/A
Saturday £18 £24 £5 £5 Sat 8am
Sunday £18 £24 £5 £5 Sun 8am
Weekend £46 £60 £5 £5 Fri 8am
Grandstand (per day) Free Free Free Free N/A

VW Breakout
VW Breakout
VW Breakout
VW Breakout

Videos & Galleries

View coverage from previous VW Breakout and Big Bangs.

VW Breakout 2020: Facebook Gallery
Big Bang 2019: Highlights Video
Big Bang 2018: Highlights Video
Big Bang 2017: Highlights Video
Big Bang 2016: Facebook Gallery, Highlights Video
Big Bang 2015: Facebook Gallery, Highlights Video
Big Bang 2014: Facebook Gallery, Highlights Video


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