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FIA European Drag Racing Championships

Wed, 13 Aug 2008
Top Fuel Showdown
FIA European Drag Racing Championships including
UEM Drag Bikes
FIA "European Finals" - Thu 4th to Sun 7th September 2008

Santa Pod’s flagship Championship event attracts over 300 of the top drag racing teams from all over Europe. With televised action including the sport’s Formula 1 class of Top Fuel Dragster and over 20 supporting classes of cars and bikes, plus Jet Car demos, Live Action Arena, Monster Trucks, trade village, side-shows and family entertainment there really is something for everyone.

The feature event is the climax to the FIA Top Fuel Drag Racing Championship with Andy ‘Bad Boy’ Carter in with a shout. Britain’s sole representative in a field dominated by Scandinavians, he will look to take advantage of his home track and anticipated 30,000 spectators urging him on.

There's more fun for all the family off track in the Live Action Arena with the Monster Trucks Podzilla and Red Dragon, Stunt Driver Terry Grant, the AWOL Freestyle Street Riders, the giant Backdraft Wheelie Firetruck, UKFM Freestyle Motocross, kids entertainment, side shows, traders, Fun Fair and full catering & bar facilities all weekend, Live Band and a Fireworks Display on Saturday evening, Disco on Friday evening.


FREE camping for multiple day ticket holders
FREE parking for all ticket holders
FREE access to the pits! Get up close to the racers, crew and of course the Dragsters

FIA European Finals - Thu 4th to Sun 7th September

Kids Under 16 FREE*

Ticket TypeGateAdvGrandstand (day/adv) Gates OpenTrack Fee
Friday OAP £15N/A£9/£88amN/A
Fri/Sat£55£49per day 8amN/A
Sat/Sun£55£49per day 8amN/A
All Days£65£55per day Wed 2pmN/A

*3 kids per adult. Advance ticket orders are subject to a booking fee. All tickets are non-refundable. Advanced tickets available until Friday 29th August at 5pm online and 5.30pm by phone. Weekend campers will be able to stay until midday on the Monday after the event.

To Book Tickets please phone 01234 782828 or buy online at

History - Seventies action

1971 saw the release of a cult movie that started many drag racing careers, Two Lane Blacktop. Starring James Taylor as The Driver and Dennis Wilson as The Mechanic, it depicts two men travelling across the US in search of cars to race for pink tickets (V5s).

It was 30 years ago (1978) in September that the American Sammy Miller wowed the Santa Pod spectators driving the rocket powered Vanishing Point. Blink and you missed it! Nothing like Vanishing Point and / or Sammy Miller had been seen before. Unsure of what to expect, 20,000 spectators fell silent through the tannoy count down, then Vanishing took off (thankfully not literally!). Sammy made a series of sub-5 second runs reaching 290mph. Top Fuel dragsters now eclipse these times and top speed with 4 second runs and speeds in excess of 300mph but, for those present, nothing will come close to the 5 second blur of Vanishing Point.

Run What Ya Brung Days at Santa Pod

The cheapest and most accessible track time in the UK is available at Santa Pod Raceway.

Don’t be a Doughnut – be a Drag King. Throw down the ultimate motoring gauntlet and challenge your friends to find out who is the king of the getaways with a Run What Ya Brung (RWYB) at Santa Pod Raceway. For as little as £10 admission and one-off £20 sign on, you can push your car and your mates to the limit on the famous quarter mile.

Santa Pod Raceway is the most famous drag racing strip in Europe – it is a quarter mile of sticky tarmac from the lights to the line. Reaction needs to be sharp and the driving fearless. The drag strip is fully prepared for maximum traction including a liberal dose of ‘track-bite’, a super glue for black top. With full performance print outs available after every run there will be no arguing over who is quickest on the strip!

Any Car Goes
Whatever your motor, you can push it to its limits. If your car is quite frankly ‘a bit of a heap’, who cares? We’re not here to judge – as long as you have a full UK driving licence, tax, insurance and MOT then you’re good to go!

The Street Challenge 2008
Enter the 2008 RWYB speed table and see where your best run stands in comparison to other street legal cars and drivers. If you’ve really got what it takes then prizes are available for the quickest driver in 2008.

Peak Performance Test & Tune Days
If performance testing is a way of life then come along to one of the Peak Performance Test and Tune Days for exclusive track time aside from the usual RWYB days. There is a strict limit on the number of track sign-on’s but you can guarantee maximum track time and pit space.

Saturday Night Special 9am – 9pm
Night racing at Santa Pod is in a league of its own. Ever notice how sound and smell is intensified in the dark? Why not experience the thrill of night racing at the Pod! There are dedicated evenings for this RWYB event and of course there is free camping for die hard racers wishing to stay.

Dates for the diary

Fri 15th - PEAK PERFORMANCE TEST & TUNE DAY "RWYB" with maximum track time for serious enthusiasts. Car clubs, performance specialists and individuals all welcome.
Sat 16th - "RWYB" Run What Ya Brung - Public Track Day
Sat 30th - PEAK PERFORMANCE TEST & TUNE DAY "RWYB" with maximum track time for serious enthusiasts. Car clubs, performance specialists and individuals all welcome.
Sun 31st - "RWYB" Run What Ya Brung - Public Track Day

Sat 20th - "RWYB" Run What Ya Brung - Public Track Day

Sat 4th – ‘’RWYB’’ Run What Ya Brung – Public Track Day – Public Track Day, JapShow Test Day - Japanese cars only
Sat 11th - Sat Night Special - "RWYB" Run What Ya Brung – 9am -9pm
Sun 12th - RWYB" Run What Ya Brung - Public Track Day
Sun 26th - "RWYB" Run What Ya Brung - Public Track Day

Sun 2nd - "RWYB" Run What Ya Brung - Public Track Day

Sun 12th
For any type of car or bike entry just visit or call 01234 782828 for all information and bookings.


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