Fri 12th to Sun 14th July 2019
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 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 Photo Gallery
View photos from Dragstalgia 2018 on the Facebook Photo Gallery.
Dragstalgia 2019 Report
The 9th ever Dragstalgia was one to remember for all the right reasons. The Nostalgia Drag Race come Hot Rod Show gained a real festival element in 2019 with the introduction of the Vintage Hub with Vintage Fair, improved Beer Festival and live stage and what a weekend we had.
The on-track action was fast and furious throughout, commencing with the RWYB on Friday before things got serious with qualifying on Friday night. We were even treated to a spot of nitro testing on the Friday night too. It was clear to see that the drivers and riders, teams and fans had pulled out all the stops for this year’s event with period dress and decor throughout the venue. The standard and variety of vehicles, was nothing short of exceptional either, in the pits, show paddock and campsites alike!
Best Dressed Competition
1st: Gloria Blake (Dragstalgia 2020 tickets)
2nd: Vikki Neighbour (Rosie’s Retro Photoshoot)
3rd: Ben Eve (Dragstalgia T-shirt)
We were pleased to host a couple of Swedish guests in the Cannonball this year but they were never supposed to go home with the top honors. It proved to be a difficult weekend for the Apache, Venom and Dirty Deeds UK NFC teams but it was great to see some of our newer teams and drivers making progress. Paul Harris put in a full pass putting him within reach of obtaining his NFC license and after years in the making, Andy Raw debuted his one off, VW Beetle funny car. Matt Wright made a good couple of runs too Despite not making a pass, it was great to see Wendy Baker back at the track with her own new build and Simon Hayward who’s been working away in the background on his new build. Robin Read suffered damage early on that sidelined the only RED entry for the weekend which left the door wide open for Robbie Grabham in the Freddy’s Revenge Altered to shine. Robbie was vastly outnumbered being the only altered in the field and proved that consistency is key, reaching the final with a best time of 7.31 where he met a charging Swedish Funny Car. Dennis Nilsson shared the driving of Tre Kroner with owner Erik Wallinder for the weekend but missing a run in Q3 put them out of contention despite some impressive 6 second runs. It was Tobba Jansson in the Nitrocalypse Corvette that qualified on top of the pile who met Robbie in the final. It was quite a dominant performance from the visitor in the end as Tobba was the only driver to light up the scoreboards with a 6 in every single session including the final which he won with a 6.44 at 195mph. We’re sure we speak on behalf of the fans when we say a massive thank you to the 2 Swedish teams for making the trip to Dragstalgia 2019 and we hope they’ll join us for the 10th anniversary next year!
The weekend was not without incident with Jim Usher in the Hemi Hunter Slingshot reaching for the sky and consequently picking up a showmanship trophy for his efforts.
Then we must mention the coming together of Sam Freeman and Bob Hawkins who were involved in a 2-car collision at the finish line during eliminations on Sunday. We’re very pleased to report that both drivers are OK with no serious injuries despite both cars suffering extensive damage. We’d like to send our best wishes to both drivers from everyone here at Santa Pod.
The showmanship trophies are what makes Dragstalgia special with the offer of some silverware not for winning, but for outstanding performance throughout the weekend, and we’re not just talking about times and speeds. Congratulations to our winners of the showmanship trophies and race classes:
Over in the Autoglym Show & Shine, the competition was just as fierce as on track and we’re pleased to see some incredible Hot Rods, Classics and Muscle cars on display. Huge congrats to the winners as selected by our good friends at the NSRA:
So that’s a wrap! 9 years of Dragstalgia and my word have we had some good times. Thank you everyone who takes part, who help to embrace and create the atmosphere and put on a damn good show. Watch this space for news on the 10th anniversary. There are already some ideas in place to make number 10 the biggest and best one yet!
View the current Dragstalgia 2019 Entry List
Dragstalgia Videos & Galleries
Dragstalgia 2019 Report, Highlight Video, Entry List, Facebook Photo Gallery
Dragstalgia 2018 Report, Highlight Video, Entry List, Facebook Photo Gallery
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