Evening Entertainment

For the first ever Vintage Nationals we’ve pulled out all the stops to bring you the best music we can, so as the sun sets, we’ll be in the Fuelers Bar having a bit of a party for those people holding weekend passes. We’ve got leading DJ’s from the vintage scene to play into the night, with a guest band to entertain you each evening. On Friday night, to welcome you to the event, we’ve got the big, bluesy talent that is Big Boy Bloater and the LiMiTs. On Saturday night, fronted by their Grammy nominated singer, it’s the soulful R&B sounds of The James Hunter Six. We could rattle on for hours about how great these bands are, telling you how Bloater has been described by Jools Holland as "One of the great blues men of our time", or when James Hunter went on tour and recorded with Van Morrison, but we figured the best way was to send you to their respective websites. Just click on the pictures below to be transported there.

As mentioned above, in addition to these fantastic bands, we’ll be bringing you two of the best DJs from the the rock ‘n’ roll scene. Both play across the spectrum of music from the mid-century era, from rhythm & blues, through rockabilly and rock & roll, onto surf and garage from the 1960s. Little Carl has spun his records for us before at Pendine, and is a familiar face at the Hot Rod Hayride, so you know your in safe hands there. We’ve also got Steve Stacks of Wax, a new name for VHRA events, but a more seasoned professional you won’t find. Steve plays at events around the world, as well as hosting his weekly radio show every Wednesday night at 8pm on Forest FM. You can find out more about what each of them are up to by clicking on their pictures below, which will take you to their respective Facebook pages.

Booking Conditions

Racing at the Vintage Nationals is open exclusively to VHRA members and their eligible vehicles. Weekend Spectator and Saturday Spectator tickets are available to all. Pre-entry is advised due to limited numbers and tickets are cheaper. Pre-entry closes midday 21st April. Bookings can be made by post or online below. Postal booking must be accompanied by a cheque payable to VHRA and be sent to the address on the booking form. No form is required if you book online, there is however a small fee for doing so. No pets allowed, this is a motor racing venue. No refunds on any tickets. If VHRA membership is allowed to lapse before the event, all racing tickets will become invalid. Full details of entry and rules & regulations are included on the booking form and also this page. To download a copy of the booking form click on the flyer above. If you have any questions please get in touch at info@vhra.co.uk.

Important Notice for those purchasing Weekend Tickets: Santa Pod are hosting a public RWYB meeting on Sunday. If you wish to remain on site for the day, you must pay the £10 entry fee to spectate at the event. You may take part, but a sign on fee must also be paid.

Tickets - Gates open midday Friday

Racing ticket: £45 pre-entry (£47 online, £50 on the day) per person which includes Saturday track time, camping and entertainment. Only one car per member. Members may add one additional driver, they do not have to be a VHRA member, but must pay the full price of £45. An additional driver may be added on the day, but there will be a signing on fee of £25 and they must hold a full weekend pass. Gates open from midday Friday.

Weekend Spectator ticket from midday Friday: £25 pre-entry (£27 online, £30 on the day) per person, includes camping and entertainment. Gates open from midday Friday.

Saturday Daytime Spectator ticket: £15 pre-entry (£16 online, £17.50 on the day) per person. Valid 8.30am to 6.00pm only.

Children 16 and under go free, but must be accompanied by an adult. ID may be required.

Use the drop down menu for multiple tickets and be sure to complete all sections if competing.



Competing Car Details

The strip will be open on Saturday from 9.30am till 5pm. Vehicles must be VHRA eligible and be owned by the member making the booking. If cars do not meet VHRA rules at the event, they will be excluded from racing. A safety helmet that is fit for purpose is compulsory for all competitors. Exceptions to this rule are street cars running under 110mph. Helmets are compulsory in all open top vehicles regardless of speed. Roll cages and harnesses are strongly recommended for all vehicles running quicker than 12 seconds over a quarter mile. Drivers legs and arms must be covered. Gloves are to be worn. Seat belt must be fitted and a fixed fire extinguisher carried. Arm Restraints are mandatory for all open top and windowless vehicles. Windows must be fully up when on the dragstrip. A catch can should be fitted to the radiator overflow. Vehicles cannot run if  they have  leak of any description. Full bonnet required for non-vintage appearing engines. Race cars are allowed. Battery must be secured. Race numbers must be applied and clearly visible.Cars may be subject to a safety inspection. Drivers must present a full driving licence and sign on for racing. No passengers are to be carried. Refer to race classes before completing form as race numbers are issued prior to event.

Racing Classes

A - Up to 205 cu in (3360cc)

B - 206 cu in to 360 cu in (5900cc)

C - 361 cu in to unlimited

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

B - Blown - Supercharger or Turbo

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

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

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

M - Modifieds & Streamliners - Open & closed top special & shortened bodies, including any non factory bodies.

D - Dragster - Any vehicle with a slingshot or open chassis, wheelbase exceeding 130", or no radiator.

Blown vehicles will run under as outlaws in either a single flathead or single OHV class, as there are currently not enough vehicles to make up a ladder for each body style. This may also apply to any classes with too few vehicles to make a ladder. Drag racing is no fun if you’re the only one in your class.


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The Vintage Hot Rod Association are proud to announce an all-new event for the 2017 season. The inaugural running of the Vintage Nationals is to be held at the home of UK drag racing since 1966, none other than Santa Pod Raceway. We’ve already got the best place in the country for flat out time trials at Pendine, we race at the best hillclimb available at GOW!, so why not take it to the top when it comes to drag racing?

This exciting event promises to be the best get-together of traditional hot rods and customs seen on these isles, and what's more, they'll be dragging the quarter mile all day Saturday. In amongst the Run What You Brung action, we intend to run a series of race ladders, with class divisions for flatheads, dragsters, and many more. Away from the race track, there will be a show & shine area for vehicles

manufactured up until 1963. Add to that a party on Friday and Saturday evenings, with the best music we can stir up from the middle of last century, and you're in for a corker of a weekend.

The Vintage Nationals is open to all for spectating. Racing however, is limited to members of the VHRA. With member numbers now hitting the 500’s, you can be certain that the pits, fire-up lane and quarter mile will be chock full with the best hot rods and customs from the UK and beyond.

We’re really thrilled to be teaming up with Santa Pod to bring you this event, and look forward to adding it to the annual hot rod calendar for years to come.

The Vintage Hot Rod Association presents:

The Vintage Nationals

A Great Season Opener - Read The Report HERE

Click flyer for booking form, or book online below. Posters are available in the Store.

Big Boy Bloater and the LiMiTs

The James Hunter Six

Little Carl

Steve Stack-O-Wax