The fourth running of the Hot Rod Races will be happening on Pendine Sands over the weekend of 4th and 5th June 2016. Once again there will be two days of racing action on the historic beach in South Wales. We will be starting around 11am each day and racing for around five to six hours, with non-stop action from start to finish. Everything is determined by the tide so times can’t be set in stone.

This incredible award winning event has fast become the most important date on the hot rod calendar, with participants coming from all over the world to take part in the most exciting competition available to traditional hot rods and customs. 2015 saw a brace of class records fall, as well as a huge induction into the 100mph Club. As always, racing is only open to members of the Vintage Hot Rod Association and their pre-1949 hot rods and customs, so it’s old time action all the way. Passes are sold in the first instance to members, however spectating is free from outside the pits, more details below.

There are classes for all types of vehicles and engines, with cars being built just to break class records. There is full list of classes and record holders below, as well as a roll call of those drivers that have broken the 100 mph barrier. The fastest speed run at the Hot Rod Races so far goes to Matt Farrant and his L8/R Model A roadster pickup. Powered by a small block Chevy, the car stormed its way to an incredible 116.03mph at last year’s races. Hopes are that the record will be bettered in 2016, so be sure you are on the beach to see history made in front of your eyes.

The Vintage Hot Rod Association presents:

Pendine Sands Hot Rod Races

Click here to see how well it all went.

Our thanks go to the sponsors of the event, We’ve got an incredible leather jacket from E.L.M.C. for the fastest car of the meet, along with a trophy from the wonderful people at Royal Kustoms. There will be books from Men’s File, 100mph Club T-Shirts sponsored by Revolver Surf Club, a trophy and credit note from Limeworks Speed Shop for the fastest vintage engined car, plus our regular crew of the Sidewinders, Juarez, Jacqueline Davies Art, and Bob Froch on hand all weekend. In addition, the girls working at the event and on the startline will be kitted out by Freddies of Pinewood. Again, thanks to all involved, and we urge you to click on the logos below to find out a little more about them.

Member’s booking forms will be available from 7pm on 8th November 2015 and will be able to be downloaded by clicking the flyer above. Please do not send payment ahead of the booking form being released. Currently booking is only open to members of the VHRA, with preference given initially to those that were members at the time of the event going to press at 7pm on 26th October 2015. In the unlikely event of all pit passes not be taken, a second booking form will be made available to non-members in April 2016. Please be aware that only postal applications containing original, completed and signed booking forms and full payment will be accepted. If you do not have a cheque book we will accept a PayPal payment to ahead of the form being sent in, but it is the receipt of the booking form in the post that will determine your place in the queue. Please be sure to quote your membership number in all correspondence. Please read all the information carefully before completing the form.

Booking Conditions

Lead name must be a VHRA member. Racing is £45 and limited to one vehicle per member. You can add one additional driver for £25 but runs are limited to the vehicle not drivers. Additional driver does not need to be a member. Please note; any records, prizes or timing tags are awarded to the owner, not driver. All racers must hold a full driving licence. Race bookings must be made by 1st May 2016, subject to availability. Pit Passes are £15 per person. Children under 5 go free, age 5 to 15 is £5 each. Passes are restricted to a maximum of 4 adults per booking, inclusive of member, no limit on children. All those with pit passes agree be on site prior to racing in order to assist with setting up. Camping is £15 per pitch for the weekend and only available to those purchasing race or pit passes. Camping is basic, there is no hook up or showers. Cheques payable to VHRA. If you do not have a cheque book we will accept PayPal to ahead of the form being sent in, but it is the receipt of the original, signed, completed booking form in the post that determines the place in the queue. Equally, payment needs to be made for your application to be processed. There is a £4 surcharge for PayPal payments. Incomplete applications, applications that have not been paid for, or applications not on the correct form will not be accepted.

Competing Car Details

Vehicles must be VHRA eligible and be owned by the member making the booking. Drivers must wear a safety helmet and open car drivers must cover their arms and hands. Shorts may not be worn. Seat belts must be fitted and a fire extinguisher carried. Cars capable of 120mph must have rollover protection. All cars must be fitted with a hood/bonnet top. Race cars are allowed. All cars will be subject to a safety inspection. Drivers must hold a full driving licence and attend pre-race briefing. Refer to race classes before completing form as race numbers are issued prior to event. Race bookings can not be transferred to another racer or vehicle unless by prior arrangement, not less one month in advance. Passes will transfer to the person at the head of the reserve list.

Free Spectating

Outside of the pits it’s free to come and spectate. The view of the race cars is fantastic and you you can wander down the beach to see the cars at speed. There is a fee of £3 per car payable on the day which will allow you to park on the hallowed beach in your car. No pre-booking is required, you do not need to be a member and there is no limit on numbers. This will not permit you to enter the pit or race areas, nor will you have access to the after race party.


For those wishing to stay nearby there are a number of options. If you are quick then the Parkdean Caravan Park across the road is the place to stay. Call 0344 335 3580 and be sure to quote reference hotrod16 to receive a 5% discount. This offer is available for one month from 26th October or until they run out of caravans. Bookings are done on a short break basis and start from just £269, less the discount, for a 6 berth caravan. Check out their website for details of the accommodation available. There’s also Morfa Bay Adventure a little way up the hill. You can visit their website, get them via email at, or telephone 01994 453 588. For ticket holders, there is camping available on site, bookable via the VHRA, at £15 per pitch for Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights. This option is only available to those that have booked race or pit passes. There are also hotels and B&B’s in the area, just search on Google for more information. Alternatively, contact Carmarthenshire visitor information on 01267 231557, or by email to

Racing Classes

V - Vintage - Pre 54 engines, inclusive of all Ford flathead V8’s

L - Late - 1954 and later engines

4 - 4 Cylinder

6 - 6 Cylinder

8 - 8 Cylinder

U - Unlimited Cylinders

B - Blown - Supercharger or Turbo

F - Flathead - ALL valves in block, no OHV conversions

R - Roadster - Open top factory cars. Roof chops allowed, top must be down.

C - Closed Car - Fixed roof factory cars. Roof chops allowed.

M - Modified - Open top special & shortened bodies, including any non factory bodies.

S - Streamliner - Closed car special & shortened bodies, including any non factory bodies.

K - Full Body - Factory cars post 1934. All  body styles, roof chops allowed. Full fenders must be fitted.


Posters are available in the Store