DRAGSTALGIA: THE HIS­TORIC SCENE

Motor Sport News - - Santa Pod At 50 -

Santa Pod was a late ar­rival on the his­toric drag rac­ing scene, al­ready emerg­ing 25 years ago, but its Dragstalgia meet­ing – launched only in 2011 – has quickly be­come the an­nual high­light for the retro drag rac­ing and hot rod­ding com­mu­nity.

Nos­tal­gia-themed groups abound and Nos­tal­gia race­cars come in all shapes and sizes, from vin­tage Amer­i­can stock­ers through al­tereds (Com­pe­ti­tion Al­tered: a Sports­man elim­i­na­tor com­pris­ing mul­ti­ple classes of ve­hi­cles with pro­duc­tion­line ori­gins and al­tered for com­pe­ti­tion pur­poses) and road­sters to full-tilt drag­sters and ni­tro Funny Cars, and there’s a sim­i­lar ar­ray of mo­tor­cy­cles too.

In 2014, the pro­gramme stepped up a gear with a pair of Amer­i­can Fuel Al­tereds – his­tor­i­cally the hairi­esthandling ma­chines ever to grace a dragstrip. Rat Trap and Pure Hell had al­ready made an im­pres­sion at the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed, and now ran here for the first time on a Euro­pean dragstrip, their proper en­vi­ron­ment. Ron Hope brings Rat Trap ( above) back to Dragstalgia this year, ac­com­pa­nied this time by Randy Brad­ford’s ‘Fiat Topolino’.

SANTA POD TO­DAY

Santa Pod Race­way is a busy place, stag­ing events ev­ery week­end from Fe­bru­ary to Novem­ber (ex­cept Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day) and some­times mid­week too, in a range of forms – en­thu­si­ast events, life­style events, cel­e­bra­tions of in­di­vid­ual car mar­ques, fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment shows, and fre­quent pub­lic track days (known as Run What Ya Brungs). The lead­ing drag rac­ing events in­cor­po­rate rounds of the MSA Bri­tish Drag Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship, which is run for Pro Mod ma­chines and which runs all its rounds at Santa Pod.

TRACK

Fes­ti­val of Power The Main Event (FIA Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship Round 1) Sum­mer Na­tion­als Mopar Euro Na­tion­als Euro­pean Fi­nals (FIA Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship Round 6) Na­tional Fi­nals

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