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 www.ultimatestreetcar.co.uk

Autoglym Continues as ‘Pod Lane Sponsor Until 2014!

Santa Pod Raceway, home of European Drag Racing is delighted to announce its continued association with Royal warranted surface care manufacturers, Autoglym.

The highly respected British firm has been a part of ‘Pod culture for over five years now, being a lane sponsor of the venue’s hallowed quarter mile as well as the polish of choice for most discerning show goers and concourse d’elegance entrants.

The new deal sees the two names inextricably linked for the next five years, cementing one of the most enduring partnerships in the sport’s history.

Commenting on the renewed association, Autoglym  managing Director David Rogers said, ‘Autoglym has enjoyed a close association with Santa Pod for a number of years and we are extremely excited to have signed a new agreement to continue our branding and Lane Sponsorship deal for a further 5 years. Not only does Santa Pod afford Autoglym the opportunity to promote itself to thousands of devoted drag racing fans, but the sheer diversity of the events held there provides us with an unrivalled audience of committed car enthusiasts, all of whom represent  the perfect target audience for our award winning range of car care products.’

Santa Pod’s 2010 season starts with DWYB track days from the 13th of January and the event calendar begins with Stunt Night on the 19th February.

For more details and all 2009 dates, please click to www.santapod.com or call the team on 01234 782828.

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?