The Maxxd team visited Santapod again this year and were graced with good weather, and lots of automotive PORN!
We’re pleased to present to you these pics (Thanks to Garage Awesome!) Enjoy!
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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
Now, many people chose not to go to USC this year as the ticket prices are extortionate – but there is always a few who will go, and Spener, alanman and posse visited and reported back with some pics and a lil report for us all.
Santa Pod Raceway may be the home of European Drag Racing, but come the 22nd of March it becomes a petrolhead’s hedonistic paradise in the form of the Marangoni Fast Show.
Once again, the respected tyre manufacturer is presenting an electric mix of automotive related japery in a party atmosphere that promises something for everyone. Whether you prefer modified metal, retro rides, ‘show’, ‘go’ or just like a good old party, this is the place for you.
With ‘Run What You Brung’ sessions running throughout the day, Would-be racers can test their mettle against their mates, wheel to wheel on the FIA approved strip, or if you prefer, sit back and watch the pros do it during the demo runs. Round 1 of the Euro Sports Compact race series is also running at the event to showcase some of the UK’s fastest pocket rockets.
The World-famous Jet car will be defying the laws of physics (and sanity) with a few 270mph passes, whilst those that prefer things a little more serene can enter – or peruse- the Autoglym Show Car paddock where the cream of the country’s most finely prepared cars battle for top honours.
Once you’ve had your fill on the quarter mile, why not try your hand at the FREE handling circuit? – or take in one of the breathtaking drift displays. With Club areas to check out too, there’s bound to something that takes your fancy. If you still have something to prove, head on over to the dyno area to see exactly what power your car is putting out.
Keeping you entertained are stunt legend, Terry Grant and Santa Pod’s own Monster Truck ‘Podzilla’. Or, If you’re feeling really brave, why not book a ride in the incredible 7 second 2 seater drag car. Guaranteed, you’ll be one of the fastest people down the strip all day! For a smoother, more relaxing experience, take to the skys with a helicopter pleasure flight for the perfect birds-eye view.
If you prefer your soundtrack to be of the musical variety, The Pod Palais, a fully heated nightclub hosting DJ Richie Don, should keep you amused and rocking through the Saturday night. This too is free for all weekend ticket holders and boasts pole dancers and a banging atmosphere. The Fuellers bar is also open all weekend, so get parked up and get the party started!
With the Nuts Girls, Miss Fast Car competition, a fun fair and full entertainment and camping making sure you never get bored, what are you waiting for? Click to www.thefastshow.com or call the ticket hotline on 01234 782828 to get yours booked now.
Thats right folks, another BHP packed show at Santa Pod. Everything for the modified and performance car enthusiasts in ONE show. Drifting, Drag Runs, Dance Tents and Delicious crazy udder milkshakes (they best give me a free one for that! 😛 )
All in all an amazing show, with a few crap bits of weather over the weekend, but it held out long enough to burn lots of rubber, and use lots of petrol! 🙂