Fri 13th to Sun 15th July 2018
Santa Pod goes back to the way we were with Dragstalgia, a weekend dedicated to drag racing, hot rods and bikes from a bygone era with classic dragsters and funny cars, altereds, hot rods, American muscle and more.
There will be Championship Drag Racing and Run What Ya Brung sessions on the track along with the a Jet Dragster and 2 seater Dragster Rides. Off track there will be Show & Shine, Live Music, Traders, Cracklefest, Historic Car Display and more.
Dragstalgia 2017 Highlights Video
Dragstalgia Photo Gallery
View photos from the Dragstalgia 2017 on the Facebook Photo Gallery.
National classes racing at Dragstalgia include:
- Nostalgia Cannonball
Nitro and methanol nostalgia funny cars and Fuel Altereds including the NFAA and Nostalgia Funny Car, running a cannonball format.
- Slingshot Showdown
Shootout for quick Front Engined Dragsters only. Entrants must have ran quicker than 8.5 to be eligible.
- Gasser Circus
High riding gassers.
- Wild Bunch
Predominantly slingshots and altereds.
- Nostalgia Pro Stock Bike
Based on historic ACU pro stock rules. The class is for pre-1980 bikes with stock appearance, 7” tyres, carbs and stock main chassis.
- Outlaw Anglia
Ford Pops and Anglias.
- 5th Annual Willys Wars
Willys match racing.
- Supercharged Outlaws
Supercharged dragsters, altereds and door slammers.
- Nostalgia Superstock
Shootout for pre 72 American bodied cars with stock rear suspension, carbs only no power adders, slicks are allowed.
- Outlaw Flat Four
Heads up drag racing from flat four engined cars.
- NSA Bike Shootout
Some of the most historic Drag Bikes around will be taking part in a shootout.
Custom Car Invitational
As a staunch supporter of Dragstalgia since its inception in 2011, Custom Car magazine is excited to be taking a more active role in the event in 2018. Previously known as the RWYB on the Saturday and Sunday, the Custom Car Invitational will showcase some of the best vehicles from the UK and beyond to join the invited race classes in making some passes throughout the weekend. Apply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants will be notified if their application has been successful during the week commencing Monday 4th June 2018 and spaces will be available for them to purchase immediately after notification.
Run What Ya Brung
Take your car or motorcycle out on the famous quarter-mile dragstrip and test it's performance limits in a safe and legal environment. Open to pre-1980’s vehicles only, Retro, Classic, Hot Rod and American cars and bikes (sorry, no modern cars or bikes).
RWYB sessions are on Friday from 12pm-7pm with no race classes. Pre-entry is compulsory. Pre-enter by emailing email@example.com.
Please note that at this event, helmets are required for all vehicles travelling faster than 100mph at the finish line. Neck padding and arm restraints are recommended. Full RWYB details at www.RWYB.com.
Autoglym Show & Shine
In association with the NSRA (Sunday)
Put your pride and joy on display and you could be going home with a trophy. It's free to enter, just turn up and register on the day. Space is limited and the paddock fills up quickly so be sure to arrive early.
We have prizes from Autoglym and trophies judged by the NSRA for the Best of Show plus 4 runners up completing the Top 5. Open to pre 1980 vehicles only, Retro, Classic, Hot Rod and American cars and bikes.
Trophies will go to those racing in the spirit of the event in the following categories:
- Best Backup Girl/Guy
- Lowest ET
- Wheelstand of the Weekend
- Burnout of the Weekend
- Driving Job of the Weekend
- Best Appearing Team
- Moment of the Weekend
- Spirit of Dragstalgia
- Best Appearing Vehicle
After the track closes head to Fuelers Bar on Friday and Saturday for DJs and Live Bands. *As part of your Sporting Event entrance only.
Live Band - Vintage (Friday)
A young rock and roll band who amaze their audiences with their authentic sound and three-piece harmonies. The boys have become known for their tight sound and crazy antics, both on and off stage.
Live Band - The B-Sides (Saturday)
An authentic and high energy Rock n Roll band, they have appeared across the country and know how to get everyone involved and having a great time! Covering everyone from Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, Little Richard to Elvis and many more, get ready to dance the night away.
Club Displays / Camping
Club display areas and club camping areas are available for booking. You must have a minimum of 10 cars to book a club stand or camping area.
20% discount for members of American, Classic, Retro and Hot Rod car clubs including MMA, NSRA, NASC, AACI and UKSM. Offer applies to gate tickets only and you must provide your membership card.
Camping is included with weekend tickets. Gates opening at 8am Friday. Separate Hot Rod only camping field.
Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the event (and year) is the annual fire burnout display. Watch in amazement as man and machine strap in, set themselves on fire and then light up the tyres. Saturday Evening
Swap Meet & Cars 4 Sale
If you're looking to buy or sell vintage cars, bike or parts then head over to the Swap Meet and Cars 4 Sale areas. Both are free.
Dragstalgia Beer Festival
Running along side Dragstalgia will be the return of the Beer Festival with more ales from local breweries. So if you’re a real ale fan then head over to the Fuelers Bar which will be open from Friday.
British Drag Racing Hall of Fame
The BDRHF will be bringing along some of the biggest names from the past 40 years of drag racing. Don’t forget your autograph book for this fantastic opportunity to catch some of your childhood hero’s.
Oklahoma Willy - The Jet Bus
This 1958 VW pick up spent most of her life on a farm in Oklahoma. Over the last 4 years the truck has undergone a total nut and bolt restoration and has been re-engineered to introduce modern components. The Rolls Royce Viper 535 jet engine is from a fighter jet with an afterburner added to produce a maximum power output of 5000 lbs of thrust which can be roughly translated to 5000 BHP.
Traders,, Bars & Caterers
To keep you going during all the incredible motorsport action there will be a wide range of caterers, bars and traders! Santa Pod Raceway has several large toilet blocks with disabled facilities. (All Days)
Watch as the brave and the lucky get to ride down the strip in the 7 second Santa Pod 2Seater dragster. See the 2Seater page for how to book a ride.
Pete Crane Spirit of 76 Award
Over the Easter weekend in 1976, Pete Crane set the world alight at Santa Pod by taking out reigning NHRA Champion Don Garlits in the first round of Top Fuel Dragster, and running the first 5 second ¼ mile outside of North America on the very same pass, a stunning 5.97 at 213mph.
The “Spirit of 76” award will go to someone that has played a major part in creating and shaping the Nostalgia Drag Racing scene of today, faced a major challenge and succeeded against the odds as Pete did in 76, demonstrated extreme commitment to Drag Racing, or simply someone that goes that extra mile to achieve their goals or help others within the sport. The recipient of the award will be presented at Dragstalgia.
Dragstalgia 2018 Tickets
Fri 13th to Sun 15th July 2018 - Kids Under 16 FREE*
|Ticket Type||Early Bird**||Adv||Standard||Gates Open||Grandstand|
|Friday||NO Friday Day Tickets||N/A||FREE|
|All 3 Days||£36||£45||£55||Fri 8am||per day|
To Book Tickets please phone 01234 782828 or buy your tickets online.
- Advance ticket orders are subject to a booking fee of £2 per ticket and postage fee of £3 per order (£6 recorded, no postage fee on "print at home tickets").
- Maximum single online order of 9 admission tickets. To bulk book tickets for clubs or groups you will need to phone the Box Office to place your order.
- Advanced ticket prices end on the Friday a week before the event weekend at 5pm. After this time only "print at home tickets" will be available at standard rate.
- All tickets are non-refundable.
- Ticket prices are per person.
- * Three FREE kids per paying Adult, photo ID is required if kids look older than they are.
- **Early Bird discounts of 20% are available until 31st January (year of the event) on admission tickets for Santa Pod organised events excluding third party events, Stunt Fest, RWYBs, DWYBs and grandstand seats. These cannot to be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.
- Day admission is 8am till racing finishes, day tickets will be sold on the gate until 4pm.
- Camping is included within multi-day admission tickets, NOT single day tickets. e.g. Sat/Sun ticket = camping Sat night.
- Any ticket upgrades made on the day will be charged the difference to full gate price.
- Parking is free.
- Please see Essential Info page for Rain Off Policy and other terms and conditions.
- For RWYB don't forget your driving Licence.
- Caravan and Motorhome Club members get 20% discount on selected Santa Pod tickets. Details here.
- Santa Pod Raceway offer group discounts for 10 or more adult admission tickets to selected events. Details here.
For just £129 + VAT per person come along and enjoy the VIP experience including lunch and balcony viewing. Don't worry if you've already booked your tickets, you can still upgrade for a great day out or a gift. More information on the Hospitality pages.
Dragstalgia Videos & Galleries
Dragstalgia 2017 Highlights Video, Facebook Photo Gallery
Dragstalgia 2016 Highlights Video, Facebook Photo Gallery
Dragstalgia 2015 Highlights Video, Facebook Photo Gallery
Dragstalgia 2014 Highlights Video, Facebook Photo Gallery