The third running of the Hot Rod Races will be happening on Pendine Sands over the weekend of 4th and 5th July 2015. Once again there will be two days of racing action on the historic beach in South Wales. We will be starting around midday 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 Europe, and spectators from even farther afield. Last year saw seventeen class records broken and ten people muscle there way into the elusive 100 mph club. 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.

There are classes for all types of vehicles and engines with cars being built just to break class records. 2015 will see cars running in both the Unlimited and Streamliner classes, as long as they make it to the end of the course under their own steam we will see at least another two names added to the growing list of record holders. 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 Neil Bennett and his Batten Special, a blown flathead powered racer, that peaked at 114.56 mph in 2013. Hopes are that the record will be bettered in 2015, 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

Read about the record breaking exploits here.

Member’s booking forms are now available and can be downloaded by clicking the flyer above. Currently booking is only open to members of the VHRA, with preference given in the first week to those that were members at the time of the event going to press on 20th October 2014. Should all pit passes not be taken, a second booking form will be made available to non-members in April 2015. Please be aware that only postal applications containing completed 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.

Our thanks go to the sponsors of the event, We’ve got a fantastic 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, Retrophoto, Juarez, Jacqueline Davies Art, and Bob Froch on hand all weekend. In addition, the girls working at the event will be kitted out by Freddies of Pinewood. Again, thanks to all involved, please click on their logo’s below to find out a little more about them.

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. Please note their name below yours on the form. Additional driver does not need to be a member of the VHRA. All racers must hold a full driving license. Race bookings must be made by 1st June 2015, subject to availability. Crew members can sign on at £15 per person which gives access to pits. Children under 5 go free, age 5 to 15 is £5 each. All prices include entry to the Racer's Party on Saturday night. There are limited number of passes and these will go to VHRA members first. Passes are restricted to a maximum of 4 adults per booking, inclusive of member. All those purchasing tickets agree be on site prior to racing in order to assist with setting up the pits and course. Camping is £15 per pitch for the weekend and only available to those purchasing race or pit passes. If you do not have a cheque book we will accept a PayPal payment to, but it is the receipt of the completed booking form in the post that will determine your place in the queue. There is a £3 surcharge for PayPal payments and be sure to quote your membership number. Applications not on this form will not be accepted. We are not accepting bookings from non-members until 1st May 2015, when a new booking form will be made available, only if there are any pit passes left. Only pre-booked competing cars will be allowed in the pits. No refunds on any tickets if you do not attend. if your VHRA membership is allowed to lapse before the event, all tickets will become invalid.

Competing Car Details

Vehicles must be VHRA eligible and be owned by the member making the booking. No stockers or other types of ineligible vehicles. 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 check, drivers must hold a full driving license and attend the pre-race briefing. Please refer to race classes before completing form as race numbers will be issued prior to event. Only one car per member, please use separate form for each member if booking more than one racer and car. Race bookings can not be transferred to another racer or vehicle unless by prior arrangement, not less one month in advance. If there is a reserve list operating, the place will go to the person at the head of that 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 hotrod15 to receive a 5% discount. This offer is available from until January 2015 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. Alternatively there will be camping available on site, bookable via the VHRA, at £15 per pitch for Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights, although this option is only available to those booking 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