The NSRA Fun Run…by the sea – Great Yarmouth 2-4 JUNE 2017
As we have secured additional camping within walking distance to the Fun Run event, we can now offer a pay on arrival option for this additional camping field only. Weekend camping pitches are £25.00, per unit, from Friday-Sunday ONLY which includes one car. Additional cars will be charged at £5.00, per vehicle. Event admission fees are £20.00, per adult (17’s & under are free).
The NSRA Committee are pleased to announce that a new destination has now been confirmed for the annual NSRA Fun Run!
We have spent the past few months searching and visiting potential venues. The reality is that there are very few suitable venues around that still offer all the same facilities as Billing Aquadrome and that will welcome car shows of our size. The NSRA Hot Rod Supernationals is our main event of the year for which we have to bring the entire infrastructure on to the site to run the show. As you can imagine, this comes at a great expense and one that we can’t afford to repeat for the Fun Run event on a similar scale. So, therefore we looked elsewhere to see what other opportunities were available with the view of trying to do something a bit different to the static show that we are all familiar with. Something that is memorable, includes the whole family and that gives Members and participants the chance to get out there and drive their cars!
Off the back of a successful Hot Rod display last September on Great Yarmouth seafront, the NSRA were approached by the Great Yarmouth council about hosting the 2017 Fun Run in Great Yarmouth with some financial backing and support from the council. After a few meetings to find out what was on offer and to view the proposed sites, we decided to take the leap and give it a go…
We now have the entire weekend planned out and we can honestly say that we are really excited about this new venture! Whether Great Yarmouth is the Fun Run’s new permanent home, or whether it is a stop gap, we don’t know? In this anniversary year, your Committee are not afraid to try something different and the NSRA wouldn’t be celebrating their 45th anniversary by standing still.
The main show and camping site will be based at Great Yarmouth Racecourse, which will be a completely secure site for Fun Run participants only. There are great hospitality facilities onsite, with a range of bars. There is a campsite on the racecourse grounds by the main show field, however this area is not huge. We have now secured an overflow camping field next door to the Racecourse. This is a school playing field with its own toilets and we will be putting in showers etc. This area is a very short walk from the main Racecourse site and would be best suited to those of you who want a quiet family camping area, or who want to spread out and rope off areas to reserve space for friends. When you arrive, please come to the main registration area at the Racecourse first to check-in and we will then direct you.
Next to the Racecourse site is Haven Seashore Holiday Park for those of you wishing to hire a static caravan for the duration of the event (please let Haven know you are with the NSRA and they will group all Fun Run participants together). There is also a Caravan Club site in the centre of the Racecourse for those of you with touring caravans. As the event is based in and around a town, those not wanting to camp, can choose from hundreds of different accommodation options from B&B’s to hotels.
The main event will be from Friday 2nd —Sunday 4th June, however we have taken the increased journey time into consideration and arrival for camping on Thursday 1st June will be for NSRA Members only.
Friday night we have the HOUNDOGS to get the weekend started in the ‘Victory Bar’. Saturday night we have a fantastic set lined up from FRANKIES GUYS in the ‘Victory Bar’.
We are also delighted that ACOUSTIC AMY will be joining us all weekend and will be playing a more laid back set in the art deco ‘GP1 Bar’ each evening.
There will be a road train service running between the Racecourse, Haven Holiday Park and the Joyland Diner all weekend. Fun Run participants with wristbands will be able to hop on for free – great for those of you staying in town, wanting to leave your show car at the Racecourse overnight.
For the Tot Rods, we will be arranging an agility course at the Racecourse (this will NOT be speed related). As per usual, all Tot Rods needs to be registered at NSRA Hospitality. Scrutineering will be late Friday afternoon and the Tot Rod Fun Trials will take place early Friday evening before the entertainment kicks off.
Every year at the Fun Run we have a special car display category. This year, the category is “Topless in the Sun” (no jokes please!) There will be a specific parking area for roadsters, convertibles etc… and a trophy up for grabs!
Over recent years, Great Yarmouth has had millions of pounds worth of investment to regenerate the town and it is now one of the nicest costal resorts in the country. The Norfolk coast line has some outstanding beaches, some of which we will be taking you to on the cruise! Of course, the Norfolk Broads are close by, as is Center Parcs, so there are lots of opportunities to start off your half term getaway early finishing up at the Fun Run.
Thursday 1st June
Arrival for NSRA Members only camping on site
Friday 2nd June
Main arrival day
Details of local scenic places to visit will be given out or visit the seafront attractions
Bar open and entertainment in the evening at the show site
Saturday 3rd June
Sightseeing Poker Run taking in the beautiful Norfolk beaches, ending up along Great Yarmouth Marine Parade for a show ‘n’ shine outside the Joyland American Diner. The long stretch of seafront will be closed off and will be ours for the afternoon! There will be live music at the Joyland American Diner finishing late afternoon. Then it is back to the Racecourse for more live entertainment!
Sunday 4th June
Show ‘n’ Shine day at the Racecourse and open to the public finishing in the traditional NSRA prize giving presented in front of the Racecourse grandstand.
Our trader village will also be open at the Racecourse on Saturday & Sunday
Admission Prices & Accommodation Details
Weekend camping (to include Thursday 1st June for NSRA Members only) – £25.00, per unit, to include ONE car.
Additional cars will be charged at £5.00, per vehicle.
Camping price does NOT include event admission fee — this is payable upon arrival at the site
Arrival from midday on Thursday 1st June for NSRA Members only
Strictly no camping before Thursday 1st June or overnight on Sunday 4th June
There is limited space for camping on the Racecourse site — pitches will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.
Event Admission Prices – to be paid on gate on arrival
Weekend event entry prices: £20.00 per adult. 17 & under – free of charge
(Please note that weekend event entry does NOT need to be pre-booked)
Saturday public show entry – £5.00 per adult. 17 & under – free of charge
Sunday show cars – £5.00 per person in vehicle including the driver. Car and 17 & unders – free of charge
Sunday public entry – £10.00 per adult. 17 & under – free of charge
Gate Opening Times:
– Thursday 1st June: midday – 7pm (NSRA Members only)
– Friday 2nd June: 9am – 10pm
– Saturday 3rd June: 9am – 5pm (if you arrive after this time, please park up and come directly to NSRA Hospitality where we will check you in)
– Sunday 4th June: Showcars onsite from 8am; Public gate open from 9am
For any late arrivals, there will be an overnight holding area. So if you don’t make it in time, don’t worry there will be somewhere you can pitch up for the night. If you know you are going to be later than the times stated above, please phone Bob Sheppard on 01636 605316 asap to arrange a time in advance.
Whether you are camping onsite, or staying nearby, all weekend participants will need register for the event, pay your weekend entry fee and collect your wristband and mug. Remember the wristband will allow you to enter freely on and off the racecourse site over the weekend, so that you can enjoy all the entertainment. Everyone that completes a weekend registration form will be entered into a prize draw for a chance of winning a £400 North Hants Tyres Voucher! Winners will be announced at prize giving on Sunday.
Alternative Accommodation Options
Haven Seashore Holiday Park – 0333 202 5250 or www.haven.com/parks/norfolk/seashore/
Great Yarmouth Racecourse Caravan Club Site –
For further details on local hotel, guests houses and B&B, please visit: www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/where-to-stay/
Great Yarmouth Racecourse, Jellicoe Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 4AU.
The Racecourse is situated to the north of Great Yarmouth towards Caister. From the North and Midlands the Racecourse can be reached via the A47, the main Southern approach roads are the A11 (joining the A47 South of Norwich) and the A12 via Colchester, Ipswich and Lowestoft. On arrival at Great Yarmouth follow Yellow AA signs to the Racecourse.
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NSRA 44th Billing Fun Run Winners
Participants Choice: 1941 Willys Coupe, owned by Andy Crockett
Top Five (in no particular order)
1941 Willys Coupe, owned by Andy Crockett
1933 Ford 3 Window Coupe, owned by Brian Watson
1934 Ford Pickup, owned by Tony Nash
1931 Ford Model A Victoria, owned by Kevin Miller
1934 Chevy Standard Coupe, owned by Steve Fletcher
Traders Pick: 1952 Ford Pop, owned by Martin Bishop
Committee Pick: 1939 Ford Convertible Sedan, owned by John Hall
Trick Truck: 1946 Chevy Pickup, owned by John Lowe
Slick Brit: 1951 Austin Devon, owned by Jim McGarry
American Muscle: 1966 Pontiac Ventura, owned by Tim Allen
Special Category ‘Flames: 1932 Ford Model B, owned by Jimmy Stubbs
Under 29: 1953 Ford Pop, owned by Gary Sims
Pop Festival: 1953 Ford Pop, owned by Mick Hewitt
Ian Armstrong with his Ford Pop (36th year of bringing his Pop to Billing!)
Dave Ward with his 1951 Ford F1 Pickup
Rogan McGilp and his Attitude Adjustment Hot Rod
1st Prize – Sam Fairhurst, 9 years old from Northants (also winner of the under 11 time trials)
2nd Prize – Kodi White, 11 years old from Norfolk
3rd Prize – Brandon Vining, 14 years old from Gloucester (also winner of the under 17 time trials)
A selection of Fun Run Winners for 2016, courtesy of Laura Ayres:
Some photos from a recent Fun Run, courtesy of Gerry Shields.
See more of Gerry’s photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/39163366@N02
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