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

Ultimate Street Car (USC) 2010

Now then, we don’t often get dictatorial here.. but for once, we’re going to.. so listen up! Whatever you did have planned for the three days between the 6th and 8th of August, cancel it!.. because you’re all hanging out with us, instead! Why? Because it’s only the bloomin’ weekend of USC, that’s why!

If you’ve never been before, let me enlighten you with the elevator pitch. The finest drag strip in Europe. 35,000 modifying disciples. (many of which are pert and female) The UK’s most superbly executed show cars. The best bands, DJs and tuners. Are you in yet? USC has justifiably achieved the status of ‘legend’ on the show calendar, and a single visit will soon tell you why. No other show packs as much into three days, with real heads-up quarter mile action playing out against a backdrop of high-octane antics that make Ferris Bueller’s Day Off look like the Teddy Bear’s Picnic. To top things of, those lovely Pod people have even frozen the tickets at last year’s prices, so you have no excuse!

Top level drag racing is the order of the day, with Euro Sports Compact drivers battling it out in the kind of times that make Ferrari owners weep into their leather. Or, if you prefer, why not wander over to the drifting area where sideways is the new forwards and tyre smoke is the new oxygen.

In addition to a head spinning line up of acts like Slinky, DJ Luck and MC Neat and the Artful Dodger, you can bank on a (literally) record breaking line-up of stunt performers, Monster Trucks, Jet cars and show cars.

Ever ones for a challenge, we’ve even added the Dotz Mod Pod live build area where our carefully assembled team of spanner wielding artistes will be standing by to rip apart and rebuild a stock hot hatch into a modified thing of beauty over the show weekend. Yep, as DJs spin some of the choicest vinyl in the background, our long-suffering team will be gutting a tuner-scene favourite back to a shell before commencing with a full-bore rebuild including chassis, interior, induction, exhaust, tints, wrap, lighting and audio.. and of course, a simply stunning set of Dotz rims. With only 3 days to do what takes most tuning houses at least a full week, plus of course, the added pressure of 35,000 petrolheads… and a TV crew. Oh yes! almost forgot to mention, the entire show is being shot for Eurosport and Motors, so if you, your car, your missus are camera friendly, who knows, you might end up on the telly! Actually, seeing as we are on drinking terms with the producers, we might even put in a good word for you!

Of course, elsewhere on site, there are simply acres of space for club camping, hardcore BBQ action and chance to kick back with a cold beer and recant your tales of quarter mile heroics. Stock up before you arrive, and you’re free to park up the motor and seriously over-indulge for the entire weekend as everything you need is on site, with several bars and even a lap-dancing club!

Sprinkle on a side order of live stage, Lowriders display, Burnout and Flameout comps and the Autoglym showcar paddock and pretty soon, it becomes the ultimate road trip weekend away. You’ll kick yourselves if you miss it, so don’t!

We’ll see you there guys! Check it all out at

Santa Pod’s Powerfest. Putting The ‘Rush’ In Rushden!

If you’re a motorsport fan – or just want to see something a little out of the ordinary, make sure that you make your way to Rushden town centre at 2pm on the 22nd of May – for the Rushden Powerfest!

This unique celebration of outrageous machinery parades through the town centre in order to promote the FIA Main Event which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway between the 28th and 31st of May. It’s a high-octane mix of powerful cars, motorbikes and dragsters pounding the tarmac in an unadulterated celebration of all things fast and loud!

David Lloyd Jones, Santa Pod’s General Manager commented ‘This is our little way of saying thanks to the local community and giving everybody the chance to see the simply incredible machines that race at Santa Pod Raceway. Last year’s Parade of Power event in Wellingborough was a great success as a real family event, so we thought it would be fun to hold something similar in Rushden. This year, being the events first, we’re hoping for good weather and to draw a good crowd so that we can do it again in future. It’s one not to miss!’

The event will feature dragsters, motorbikes and other machines parading through Rushden town centre. The route will be around the one way system in town from Duck Street, to Rectory Road, down Skinners Hill and back around again, avoiding all speed bumps. Any car enthusiasts with an unusual or interesting car are invited to send their details and car images to in order to take part.

Martin Hill’s Fireforce 3 Jet Car will be making a special guest appearance in the static display along with Santa Pod Raceways own Top Fuel Dragster and Merchandising trailer.

Before and after the display, you will be able to find a selection of these monstrous machines on display in the High Street as a section of this will be closed off for the duration of the day.

Drivers will start their engines at 2pm, so make sure you get into town early to get a spot right near the front. Some of these cars have literally 1,000’s of horsepower, so you do not want to miss the action!

Between the hours of 1.30pm and 3.30pm the following rounds will be closed:

Rectory Road

Duck Street

High Street from Newton Road Junction to Station Road Junction

Newton Road from Rectory Road Junction to High Street South/Skinners Hill Junction

Skinners Hill from High Street South Junction to the Duck Street/Wellingborough Road Roundabout

Wellingborough Road from Duck Street Junction to Newton Road Junction (Skinners Hill)

Station Road from Rectory Road to High Street

Coffee Tavern Lane
Alfred Street

College Street

Victoria Road between Rectory Road and High Street

Queen Street between Rectory Road and High Street

Beaconsfield Place

West Street

John Street

Church Street

Orchard Place Car Park will also be closed all day.

We are sorry for any inconvenience but please make alternative arrangements.

Immediately after the Powerfest, Santa Pod Raceway will be gearing up for Europe’s most exciting Drag Racing season opener; The FIA Main Event! This hugely popular, televised event is the first round of the prestigious European Drag Racing Championship and features the largest race entry and most packed Motorsport event anywhere in Europe! Over 250 teams, and 16 race classes make this event unrivalled for both the quality and quantity of racing. Make it a date in your diary now! Friday 28th to Monday 31st May.

The Santa Pod Fast Show. Start 2010 As You Mean To Go On!

The winter is still well and truly here, with rain, long dark nights and a complete lack of car shows and racing. But stay optimistic, because Santa Pod Raceway’s season-opener is actually not that far away! The Fast Show takes place on Sunday 21st March 2010, and the new website has just gone live.

With the all-new website now up and running, these boring winter months are an ideal time to get online and to plan for the 2010 season. The Fast Show is an ideal place to make your first club meet of the season, and you can turn up in pretty much any kind of car and still feel welcome. From hot hatches and retros to full-blown supercars, everyone is represented at The Fast Show, making it easily the most diverse of all Santa Pod events… probably because everyone is desperate to get out and play with their cars after a long winter!

With Run What Ya Brung, dyno and a handling track, you’ll have a chance to press the pedal to the metal and stock up on pub ammo to fire at your mates, along with all sorts of activities off track, including the hilarious Miss Fast Show, popular Show & Shine competition, traders, monster truck show and stunt shows.

Weekend ticket holders can enjoy an extra day of Run What Ya Brung, and all weekend tickets include free camping and entry to the new and improved Pod Palais – a heated nightclub with top DJs, plush furnishings and even exotic dancers on Saturday night.

Tickets start from just £15 for a Sunday ticket, and £25 for a weekend ticket.

For more information, please visit or call the team on 01234 782828.