18th-20th September 2020, SANTA POD RACEWAY
Organised by the NSRA in conjunction with Santa Pod Raceway, another hot rod meet rolled up into a weekend of nostalgia style drag racing. Run what ya brung for pre-1973 cars. Hot rods, customs, Outlaw Anglias, dragsters, altereds, and the Gasser Circus!
NSRA ‘Dirty Dozen’ trophy winners
Geoff Cousins – Ford Anglia
Bill Murfin – Anglia 105e
Kevin Bingham – Belly Tank
Chris Tyhurst – 1955 Chevy
Tom Atkinson – 1965 Chevy Nova
Bill Macdermid – 1969 Camaro
Brian Watson – 0% Interest dragster
Clive Bishop – MKI Ford Escort
Ben Barnett – Model A Sedan
Grahame & Kieron Smith – Mustang
Peter Butler – Gold Pop
Adrian Claighen – Vauxhall Victor
Other trophy winners
Most Friday Runs : David Dinwoody, Morris Minor, 17 runs (several of which were with a passenger!)
Quickest Friday Run : Robin Read, blown Daimler Dragster, 6.84 seconds @ 195.44 mph
Quickest Wild Bunch : Alan Lloyd, ‘Gonzo the Great’, Fiat Topolino Competition Altered, 7.773 seconds @ 169.17 mph
Quickest Flathead : Bradley Cooper, ‘Back From the Past’ Slingshot Dragster, 11.759 seconds @ 114.79 mph
Quickest Gasser : Sean Milsom, ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ Morris 8 van, 9.89 seconds @ 131 mph
Quickest Supercharged Outlaw, Neil Townson, ‘Northern Spirit’ 32 Ford Competition Altered, 7.364 seconds @ 194.72 mph.
Quickest Outlaw Anglia : Simon Barlow, Fordson Van, 7.223seconds @ 185.12 mph
Quickest Tot Rod : Ford Skipp, 13.05 seconds @ 45.6 mph (timed in the eighth mile)
View more pictures on the Hot Rod Drags Gallery page
Following a comprehensive risk assessment and, mindful of Santa Pod’s experience of young drivers piloting Junior Dragsters, it will be possible to run Tot Rods at the NSRA Hot Rod Drags and the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals events, as long as a basic set of build standards and driver details are adhered to.
Important: please click here to view the Tot Rod Regulations.
It hardly seems possible. Three decades on and still going strong. That’s getting on for nearly half a lifetime and I don’t think that, even in our wildest dreams, we ever imagined back in 1989, looking out across the pits and realising that people did actually want to come and share our dream of a Rod Run that happened to take place at a race track, that we would still be in the driving seat thirty years later. We certainly never expected to be welcoming you all to Santa Pod Raceway, that’s for sure.
With the twenty-fifth Nostalgia Nationals under our belt, the Hot Rod Drags, for the first time at The Pod, is shaping up to be pretty special. It’s a milestone event in more ways than one, most certainly the start of a whole new era.
Other than the location, everything will be pretty familiar to ‘the regulars’. The same emphasis on Pre ’73 Run What You Brung action, the track will be open for all eligible vehicles (silenced or not) ALL DAY on Friday. The gates will open at 12 noon on Thursday for early arrivals (£5.00 pp extra). There will be live music from Eastwood and Skabucks, with resident DJ Grant Pinney on both Friday and Saturday night and the courtesy bus, which was very popular at the Nostalgia Nationals, will again be travelling to and from Rushden Lakes all day Saturday.
Saturday and Sunday again see plenty of Run What You Brung action and it wouldn’t be the Hot Rod Drags if we didn’t have the massed ranks of the Gasser Circus, Wild Bunch, Outlaw Anglia and Supercharged Outlaws adding their own brand of entertainment to the proceedings and somewhere in the mix will be Chevrolet’s finest strutting their stuff in the Tri-Chevy Shootout. Not to be outdone, Roger Goring will also be putting the Firestorm jet funny car through its paces too.
Just for good measure, Saturday evening will feature the, now traditional, Hot Rod Drags rolling Cracklefest followed by a tremendous firework display.
As always, the NSRA will be on hand to provide the passes to allow you to sign on if your car meets the criteria and point you in the right direction if you need any help. The criteria is pretty basic, pre 1973, no rear engined race cars and no bikes. Other than that you are good to go. The NSRA crew will also be keeping an eye on the track action, to select the recipients of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ trophies. They will also be ‘setting up shop’ to sell their range official goodies.
We’d like to welcome you to the Hot Rod Drags merchandise stand, situated near the front of the staging lanes, where, as in the past, you will be able to come and have a chat, trade insults with Steve, tell us what you think and hopefully buy a t shirt or hoodie or two. In another return to tradition, they are all strictly limited edition, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.
Most of all we’d like you to help us celebrate thirty years of the Hot Rod Drags and raise a glass to the next thirty years.
For more information, visit www.hotroddrags.com
Martyn, Steve and Alan. The Hot Rod Drags team.
NSRA Hot Rod Drags 2018
Dirty Dozen Winners:
1. 1955 Chevy Nomad owned by Ben Smith
2. Rover 110, owned by Fraggle – who also ran a PB of 11.02 at 124mph
3. 1941 Willys, owned by Phil Moules
4. 1960 Ford F100 Pick Up, owned by Paul Woolf “Active Sons”
5. Ford Model Y, owned by Andy Park
6. 1927 Model T Roadster RPU, owned by Aaron Percy
7. 1957 Mk1 Vauxhall Victor, owned by George Merry
8. 1957 Morris Minor, owned by Trudy Slater
9. 1958 Chevy, owned by David Caruso “Heavy Chevy”
10. 1940 Willys, owned by Pace Firth
11. Model A, owned by Scott Collin
12. OA154 Ford Pop, owned by Adrian Witcombe
Other Trophy Winners:
1. Quickest Wild Bunch, Bob Hawkins, Time Traveller II slingshot 6.624 seconds @ 210.90 mph
2. Quickest Supercharged Outlaw, Joe Bond, Bond, Osborne and Hannis slingshot 6.6652 seconds @ 217.20 mph
3. Quickest Outlaw Anglia, Colin Miller time and speed to come.
4. Quickest Flathead,Bradley and Ken Cooper, time and speed to come
5. Quickest Tot Rod, Ford Skip, 13.5 seconds @ 47 mph
6. Quickest Friday ET, Alan Lloyd, Gonzo the Great Topolino 8.334 seconds @ 133.24 mph
7. Most Friday Runs, Aaron James Denning, 31 Model A 20 runs
8. Brandon Vining also took the quickest reaction time of the whole weekend with his Tot Rod, an incredible 0.0085 seconds.
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