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Rolling back the years…
With a new season under way, our thoughts turn to the year’s first major nostalgia event at Santa Pod Raceway.
Hosted in association with the National Street Rod Association, the Nostalgia Nationals promises to be three full days of RWYB track action, the focus, as always, being on pre 1973 Hot Rods and Street Machines, with a generous helping of period race cars adding to the mix.
Following on from their successful first season in 2019, the modified Ford 100E challenge looks set to reach new heights, with huge interest from the owners of Dagenham’s finest, all eager to put the pedal to the metal this year. Not to be out done, the ‘Bow Tie Brigade’ will be back to put their cars to the test and settle old scores in the Tri-Chevy Shootout. Making sure the staging lanes are never empty will be the ever popular Wild Bunch contingent, proving that nostalgia never really goes out of style.
Of course it wouldn’t be The Nostalgia Nationals without a generous helping of extra race classes, getting their annual championships under way.
If one class captures the spirit of the Nostalgia Nationals, it has to be Outlaw Anglia. They will have had a presence at each and every one of the 27 years of the Nostalgia Nationals, not to mention the Hot Rod Drags before that. This quintessentially British Hot Rod, the Ford Pop and all its variants, has become an integral part of the nostalgia drag racing scene, and rightly so. What will 2020 bring? Who can guess? One thing’s for sure it’ll be a show not to miss.
The Nostalgia Superstock racers will be joining us for the second year and the Gasser Circus will also be coming to town. Another class that seems to be growing year on year is the Supercharged Outlaws and you can expect some blistering runs from them over the weekend. Just for good measure there will be some Jet Funny Car action to round things off.
Of course if you feel the need for some retail therapy, You can visit the Pod Shop, take a wander around the trade village and don’t forget to drop by and say hello at the Nostalgia Nationals merchandise stall and pick up a t-shirt or two. The free courtesy bus will be running to Rushden Lakes all day on Saturday as well!
Come evening, it will be time to make for the Fuellers Bar, where DJ Grant Pinney will keep you entertained – but that’s not all. It goes without saying that there will be live entertainment on both Friday and Saturday nights.
What are you waiting for? We’ll see you at the track.
NSRA Nostalgia Nationals, 8th-10th May, Santa Pod Raceway.
for tickets and updated information visit nostalgianationals.com
The 2019 Event:
The NSRA Quick Six for 2019 were::
Luke Hersey, 1954 Chevy 3100
Steve Gotz & Mark Bull, Frogeye Sprite
Lizanne Doyle, Popular 100E
Lee Denham, Ford Capri
John Byng, 1956 Morris Minor
Kirsten Van Croonenborgh, ’Suzy Q’ Supercharged Outlaw
Other awards for 2019:
Quickest Wild Bunch: Mark Coulsell, Ballbreaker 8.143 seconds
Quickest Flathead: Bradley Cooper, Back to the past slingshot.
Gasser Circus, Fastest Reaction time: Brian Gibson, 0.01 seconds
Quickest Supercharged Outlaw: Andy Hadfield, 7.56 seconds @ 180.6mph.
Quickest Outlaw Anglia: Simon Barlow. 7.334 seconds @ 190.600 mph
Quickest Friday ET: Robin Reed. Daimler Dragster 6.8492seconds @ 192.93 mph
Most Friday Runs: Adam Kryczynski. Chevy pickup – 8 runs.
NSRA SHOW ‘N’ SHINE
Put your pride and joy on display! It’s free to enter, just turn up and register on the day. Space is limited and the paddock fills up quickly so be sure to arrive early.
RUN WHAT YA BRUNG
Take your car or motorcycle out on the famous quarter-mile dragstrip and test it’s performance limits in a safe and legal environment. Open to pre-1973’s vehicles only, Retro, Classic, Hot Rod and American cars (sorry, no modern cars or bikes).
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.
The 2018 event
Most Friday Runs: Scott Collin, 1928 Model A pickup, 24 runs.
Quickest Friday ET: Joel Kerr, Pontiac Starchief, 8.1663 seconds @ 171.08 mph.
Quickest Flathead: Ken and Bradley Cooper, Flathead Slingshot, 11.39 seconds @ 116 mph.
Quickest Wild Bunch: Bob Hawkins, ‘Time Traveller ll’ slingshot, 7.861 seconds @ 211mph.
Quickest Outlaw Anglia: Jedd Guy, 8.01 seconds @ 166mph
Quickest Supercharged Outlaw: Joel Kerr, Buick Sedan, 7.866 seconds @ 177 mph.
Gasser Circus ‘Quickest Reaction Time’ trophy: Martyn Hallam in his Whiplash 33 Willys – .0192 seconds
The 2018 NSRA ‘Quick Six’ – pictured below
Joel Kerr, Stiff Shifter Pontiac Starchief Sedan
Jim Tucker, 32 Coupe
Hayley Curl, Mk 1 Consul
Ricky Stapleton, 32 Roadster
Aidy Pennicott, 105E Anglia Estate
Hexatech Team, Ford Escort (all the way from Malta!)
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2017 NOSTALGIA NATIONALS
23rd – 25th June 2017 saw the 24th and final NSRA Nostalgia Nationals to be held at Shakespeare County Raceway in Warwickshire.
The ever popular Outlaw Anglia racers celebrated their twenty fifth anniversary over the weekend, including a ’street shoot out’ on Friday, open to all sit up and beg Anglias, Populars, Prefects and Fordsons.
Along with the usual array of Wild Bunch and Supercharged Outlaw competition cars and Gasser Circus competitors, the event hosted the Tri-Chevy shoot out featuring Chevrolet’s finest from 1955, 1956 and 1957. Two further action packed days of run what you brung racing, live entertainment on both Friday and Saturday nights and a free courtesy bus available for all visitors, between the track and Stratford Upon Avon (Saturday only).