Santa Pod Season Review 2010
2010 kicked off in mid-January with DWYB and RWYB days for those eager to get back to the Pod in the New Year.
February saw some RWYB and DWYB days despite the weather and the first Saturday night special of the year too, but unfortunately we had so much snow and ice on the scheduled date for Stunt Night that it had to be postponed a week. A big thanks to all of those performers and spectators that were able to make it along for the revised date.
The highlight of March was undoubtedly the Fast Show which kicked off the modified show season in style with a weekend of all things modified and a record attendance, the sun even made an appearance on the Sunday. Fast Show was the eventful opening rounds for both the European Drag Racing Series and the HKS Japanese Drag Racing series.
Things began to get serious in April with the Auto Trader Easter Thunderball giving fans their first whiff of nitro for the year. Janne Ahonen won the prestigious Pro Fuel Shootout in a dramatic final against Gordon Smith. Big Bang followed later in the month and was yet again a superb family weekend for VW enthusiats.
The All American Show took place at the beginning of May but it was all eyes on the American Star Melanie Troxel at the end of the month as she competed in the Pro Modified class at the FIA Main Event. Although she didn’t win, Melanie still managed to wow the crowds with a stunning 5 second pass. Top Fuel honours went to the returning King of Nitro, Urs Erbacher who set a new speed record of 314.87mph.
There were other records smashed too including John Bradshaw who took the feat of Worlds Quickest Skyline and Eric Teboul who set the Worlds quickest ET on a bike with a mind numbing 5.2321 seconds.
June was a month populated by enthusiast events with Classic Ford Show, Performance Vauxhall Show and Truck Show but did also feature the SPRC Summer Nationals which will be remembered for Kev Slyfield’s first win in Pro Modified after 3 years of campaigning in the class.
JapShow, GTI Festival and the Retro Show all took place in July before getting into festival mode with the invasion of VW’s for Bug Jam, a weekend of racing and partying with all sorts of fun and frolics had by all. Then it was onto the American Muscle for the Mopar Euro Nationals where iconic legends from the 60s Mungo Jerry performed on the Main Stage.
Modified car lovers saw USC on the first weekend in August and as ever the show saw some great action both on and off the track. There was plenty of party people making the most of the entertainment and enjoying the weekend. Mini in the Park took place the following weekend with Rotorstock after that.
It was back to business in September with the European Finals. It was Urs Erbacher that won the event and the championship but it was Andy Carter who set the world alight with a jaw-dropping run of 4.57 seconds at 320mph! Eric Teboul also reset his own world record with a run of 5.19 seconds. Leon Green took the European Record for the fastest Japanese car with an astonishing 7.26 seconds, getting ever closer to a 6! BMW Show took place the following weekend and then it was the conclusion of the National Championships at the National Finals, which unfortunately came to be a bit of an anti-climax as the Sunday was rained out.
Unfortunately October started relatively wet at JapShow Finale and although the main day was a complete washout many racers and RWYBers alike made the most of the Test Day. Extreme Performance Bike weekend followed and then Flame and Thunder rounded the month off. We had great weather all day and into the evening and there really was something for all the family to see. The newly crowned UK’s fastest woman, Shelley Pearson and Gordon Smith put on a great Top Fuel display and Andy Speck took the record of the UK’s fastest FWD Car with an awesome 9.86 second run.
Fireworks Frenzy took place in November and although it rained for the majority of the evening, a great time was had by all with Monster Trucks, Stunt Drivers and riders and Fireworks. Only Drift What Ya Brung’s continued after that right up until the end of December.
Thanks to everyone that came along to Santa Pod and supported our events in 2010 and we hope to see you all back in 2011. A full list of 2011 dates is now available on the Calendar page.
2011 Season Review here
2010 Season Review here
2009 Season Review here
2008 Season Review here
2007 Season Review here
2006 Season Review here
2005 Season Review here
2004 Season Review here