Santa Pod Raceway Presents Club RWYB Event – Sunday 6th March 2011

Santa Pod Raceway, the home of European Drag Racing, has just announced its latest innovation in truly competitive, cost effective motorsport; Club ‘Run What You Brung’.

The inaugural event, to be held on Sunday the 6th of March, offers car clubs the unique chance of experiencing an EXCLUSIVE track hire session, but without the cost!  This new initiative to a RWYB day will allocate attending car clubs exclusive sessions on track, so for the first time, they can run as a collective group and can race in dedicated sessions.  This will ensure  that friends and ‘bar-room rivals’ get the chance to race side by side and settle old scores on the FIA-approved track, under fully timed conditions.

The more cars that each club pre-books, the more track time will be allocated to them. Spilt into sessions 10 to 20 cars will get a total of 40 minutes of track time, 30-40 cars will get 80 minutes. And so on and so on – meaning that every car in each club can expect a minimum of 4 runs each, conditions permitting.

Then as an extra twist to the event the fastest runners in each club will be run wheel to wheel at the end of the day in a competition style elimination ladder, to reveal an overall champion for the day… ‘The King (or Queen) Of Clubs’!

When not on the hallowed quarter mile, guests can avail themselves of the handling circuit or drift course at no extra cost, making the day exceptional value for money. Clubs are also invited to have free stand space to socialise and recruit and of course, passengers and guests are all very welcome to join in the days activities. With full catering facilities and the ‘Pod Shop’ open all day, you don’t even need to bring any sandwiches!

Upon announcing the event, General Manager, David Lloyd-Jones said, ‘We’ve aimed this day squarely at the true enthusiasts that make the scene what it is – the Clubs. Many have wanted to hold their own exclusive event but in most cases, the cost of hiring the whole venue prohibits single clubs being able to.  With our new Club RWYB event we have been able to offer exclusivity while spreading the cost amongst a number of clubs.  Sunday 6th is our first but we have more planned and expect to make it a monthly fixture. We hope Club RWYB will make a dynamic change to static monthly club meets, and with the handling track and drift arena there to fill in any down time, it means there will be loads to do all day.’

The track opens at 9.30am and closes at 5.30pm, but in case of track down time can run under floodlights all the way through until 9pm, with a short lunch break. As the perfect way to blow out the cobwebs for the season opener at The Marangoni Fast Show, this is the ideal event to get you, your club and your cars ready for the 2011 race and show season!

The cost for a Club RWYB ticket is only £50 if brought in advance before Friday 18th February.  This includes general admission, track sign-on and drift and handling track admission.
For non drivers and spectators general admission £10 on the gate and passengers wishing to ride in a car on track is £10. For more information visit

Take a friend on your 1/4 Mile Run @ Santa Pod

Santa Pod, the home of European drag racing has just turned the track day market on its head, by being the first venue in the UK to allow guests to drive under fully timed race conditions – with a passenger!

In a dynamic change to their rules and regulations, the ‘Pod has made it possible for any enthusiast enjoying a day’s full-tilt driving (at £35 all in) to take a passenger alongside, under race conditions, for only a £10 sign-on fee!

Passengers will need to bring their full UK driving licence and sign on in the usual manner, but having done so – and once presented with their wristband, they are free to ride shotgun with anybody on the start line that would like them onboard. With events running every month and at every major Santa Pod show there are over 50 separate opportunities in 2010 for a bit of twos-up, heads-up racing! Any road legal car is eligible, but understandably, real race car drivers and bikers will have to travel solo!

Upon announcing the move, Santa Pod MD, David Lloyd Jones was quick to point out the many benefits. ‘We’re proud to have added this new dimension to our RWYB days,’ he said. ‘By allowing passengers, it not only makes it a far more enjoyable day for groups of friends attending, but also opens the door for any tuners or commercial organisations to come along and showcase their wares to prospective customers. This fundamental change in our running regulations also means we can offer ‘experience’ rides to allow newcomers to the sport to discover the thrill of the quarter mile, for the price of a round of drinks.’

Although each run is limited to one passenger per car, there is no limit to the amount of guests accompanying each car, so if you’re looking to sell, to impress, to entertain – or even for a first date with a difference, why not try the new RWYB for two?

Santa Pod – Run What You Brung / RWYB

In a Gatso-ridden World, Santa Pod Raceway in Northants are doing their bit to provide high-octane thrills at low-octane prices.

The internationally recognised drag-racing venue has just announced its 2009 ‘Run What You Brung’ (RWYB) programme, where mere mortals can turn up with their road car or bike, with a valid UK licence and enjoy a day’s racing under full competition conditions for a mere £35 for the entire day! No competition licence is required.

As the ultimate test of car and driver, or bike and rider, RWYB offers a real chance to settle the age-old pub debate over whose machine is quickest, or who has the greatest reaction times – and all in the total safety of an FIA approved venue. Compared to the average circuit track day at £150 – plus tyres, Santa Pod’s RWYB sessions offer petrol-heads the chance to enjoy their vehicle at the limit of its performance, without spending a fortune.

Santa Pod General Manager, David Lloyd-Jones helped to put things in perspective. ‘It’s a difficult financial climate for motorists at the moment.’ he said. ‘That’s why we will continue to drive down the cost for enthusiasts. For £35, you will get full computerised timing slips on each run, measuring your reactions, terminal speed and total quarter mile time. It’s the equivalent of having unlimited use of Silverstone, under race conditions – with all of the timing gear at your disposal, for less than the cost of half a tank of fuel, Come and enjoy yourselves in a totally safe – and legal environment’

In-keeping with the value for money theme, any additional spectators get in for just £10 and under 16s get in absolutely free. There’s even free grandstand seating for your fans to cheer you on and full shop and cafe facilities available all day. A fun, fast day out for the whole family.

Drivers with quick reactions – and an even quicker car, may want to pre-register for the RWYB Street Challenge. Here, street-legal cars battle the clock with the fastest recorded time all year taking home a cheque for £500 at the end of the season. All that fun – and they pay you too!

The first RWYB day is held on Sunday 18th January 2009. Visit for more details and the 2009 full diary.

Motorcycle helmet for the track

One of the best ways to enjoy owning and driving a performance car is to take it to a track and push it – and yourself – to the limit! Many people will own a fast car for years and never really use it to its full potential as its just not safe to do so on the roads.

During the summer months there are plenty of RWYB days at santa pod and track days at Silverstone and anyone with a driving licence and a road legal car can enter. The cost varies depending on the event but whatever the cost you definitely get your moneys worth.

You don’t have to prepare your car much – if at all – for track use, maybe just a fire extinguisher and a motorcycle helmets. Many people cover their car front and rear lights in tape so that if smashed they dont shatter. Some also cover their number plates with a X, but you’ll have to ask someone that does it why 😉

I will warn you in advance though, it has been known to be quite addictive! Friends of ours have ended up making their car so ‘track orientated’ that they have had to garage the cars for winter and buying daily runabouts to get to work in!

If you have a track story or would like us to publish your event information then head over to the contact page

Rotorstock 5 – 9th, 10th August 08 @ Santa Pod

Rotorstock is back at Santa Pod Raceway!

Slap-bang in the middle of summer, Rotorstock is a chilled-out yet packed weekend for anyone into Japanese cars. Popular with clubs, and featuring unique activities, Rotorstock has been tweaked for 2008 to include inter-club Run What Ya Brung competitions, Drift What Ya Brung, the amazing HKS Drag Series and of course the Run What Ya Brung competition.

Run What Ya Brung

Get your own car on the famous quarter mile, and get involved in the Run What Ya Brung competition! Featuring simple classes to find the fastest FWD, RWD and 4WD road cars in the UK. RWYB is suitable for anyone with a Japanese car and a driving licence. Also NEW for 2008: inter-club Run What Ya Brung competition with eliminations!

Drift What Ya Brung

Pro drift demo sessions for spectators and NEW for 2008: Santa Pod’s runaway success of Drift What Ya Brung comes to Rotorstock! Anyone with a driftable car can get out on the track and learn the basics burning rubber. Sessions cost from £30 and include tuition from expert drifters.

HKS Drag Series

The fastest Japanese cars in Europe converge on the Pod for the 3rd round of the HKS Drag Series. With wheelie-poppin’ RX7’s, speeds of over 170mph and low-8 second quarter miles, this is the fastest race action a Japanese car fan can witness!

Show Car Competition

Top show cars compete for ultimate style points in the Meguiars Show Car Paddock.


Live bands on Saturday night, specialist Jap car traders, mobile dyno, cars for sale area and 270mph jet car demos. Huge club display areas and NEW for 2008 bargain £15 weekend tickets for club members!

Rotorstock 5 takes place at Santa Pod Raceway on the 9th and 10th August 2008. Santa Pod is located near Wellingborough in Northants. It can be accessed from junctions 14 & 15 of the M1.

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