Hot Rod Races
We are pleased to announce that the eleventh running of the Hot Rod Races will be happening on Pendine Sands over the weekend of 22nd & 23rd June 2024. Once again there will be two days of non-stop racing action on the historic beach in Carmarthenshire, South Wales. We will be starting around 10am each day and racing for around five to six hours, with high speed thrills 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 UK hot rod calendar, with participants coming from all over the globe to take part in the world’s fastest and most exciting beach racing competition available to traditional hot rods and customs. Racing is only open to members of the Vintage Hot Rod Association and their pre-1949 hot rods and customs, so it’s guaranteed 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. All vehicles run on a course with a 1/2 mile run up, followed by a time flying 1/16th of a mile, which is where these antique hot rods can hit speeds in excess of 130 mph.
Entry to the pits is for racers and their teams only, but you can spectate for free from outside. You’ll find more details on that down the page.
Race and Pit Passes - VHRA Members Only - Click HERE to apply. ***ALL PASSES SOLD OUT***
Race and Pit Passes can only be purchased by members of the VHRA, with priority going to those that had membership in place when the event was announced to members on 6th October 2023. All competing vehicles must be be VHRA eligible and meet the criteria defined in our Racing Rules & Regulations. Only pass holders will be allowed access to the pits. Ticket sales go live at 7pm 20th October.
V - Vintage - Pre 54 engines, inclusive of all Ford flathead V8’s
L - Late - 1954 and later engines, includes Burtz & Donovan Model A 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 non-factory bodies.
S - Streamliner - Closed car special & shortened bodies, including belly tanks and non-factory bodies.
K - Full Body - Factory cars post 1934. All body styles, roof chops allowed.
Free Spectating - No Pass Required
Outside of the pits it’s free to spectate. No pre-entry or ticket 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, but there is the opportunity to get up close to the cars either side of racing. Parking is available at a fee of £5 per car, payable to the council on the day, which will allow you to park on the beach in your car. Please be aware this is a tidal beach and access may be limited for some visitors. Dogs on leads are welcome. Strictly no drones, Pendine Sands is a no-fly zone.
Press applications must be made in writing by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. When getting in touch, let us have a link to your website and details of your media credentials. Space is limited in the pits and we put members needs ahead of all others, so may only be able to issue press passes to a few select applicants that we feel will best represent the VHRA. If a press pass is issued, it will not allow access to the racecourse. Any form of recording or photography for commercial purposes requires the formal consent of the VHRA for which there may be a fee payable. Press applications come to a close on 10th May 2024, earlier if all passes are allocated.
For those wishing to stay nearby there are a number of options. If you're quick then Parkdean Caravan Park across the road from the beach has become the place to stay for racers, with hot rods dotted around the campsite all weekend. There's also the Caban hotel which overlooks the the seven mile stretch of beach. There are also other hotels and B&B’s in the area, just search on Google for more details. Alternatively, contact Carmarthenshire visitor information on 01267 231557, or by email to email@example.com.
As well as the VHRA presenting a one-off racer’s jersey designed by Hometown Jersey to the King of the Beach, we have a number of other sponsors and contributors to thank for their support. Royal Kustoms for the King/Queen of the Beach trophy, garland and bottle of Champagne. Stromberg Carburetor are sponsoring the fastest Vintage engined car with a custom trophy. Down To Earth are joining us this year to sponsor a prize for the fastest flathead four banger. There will be books from Men’s File and 100mph Club T-Shirts sponsored by Juarez Fabrication. Our regular crew of the Sidewinders will be on hand all weekend, as well as presenting the Tony Candy Memorial Trophy to the driver of the fastest naturally aspirated flathead powered car. As always, Jacqueline Davies Art is responsible for the artwork including the T shirt design. In addition, the girls working at the event and on the start line will be kitted out by Freddies of Pinewood. We urge you to click on the logos below to find out a little more about our wonderful sponsors.
King of the Beach - Sponsored by the VHRA x Hometown Jersey and Royal Kustoms.
Winner: David Sollis - 393 L8/C - 130.12 mph
Runner Up: Marcus Bennett - 500 L8/R - 127.45 mph
Third Place: Will Ticehurst - 157 L8/R - 116.42 mph
Fastest Vintage Engined Vehicle - Sponsored by Stromberg Carburetor
109 V8BF/R - Jim Turnbull - 113.52 mph
Tony Cardy Memorial Trophy for Fastest Naturally Aspirated Flathead - Sponsored by the East Coast Sidewinders
563 V8F/R - Kevin Heffernan - 108.89 mph
New Class Record Holders - Sponsored by Men's File Magazine
6 L4F/C - Phil Wells - 62.85 mph
363 L8/C - David Sollis - 130.12 mph
271 V6/C - John Hayward - 73.62 mph
499 V6F/R - Hans Rikk - 76.31 mph
775 V8/R - Nic Rossano - 93.46 mph
299 V8BF/K - Roy Holmes - 108.99 mph
610 V8BF/S - Jamie Williams - 97.74 mph
New 100 MPH Club Inductees - Sponsored by Juarez Fabrication
129 L8/C - Melissa Gee - 102.53 mph
739 L8/R - Richard Rimmer - 100.28 mph
419 V8BF/R - Jake Hartley - 103.22 mph
529 L8/C - Aaron Thomas - 103.55 mph
626 L8/C - Robert Pritchard - 102.99 mph
743 L8/C - Ricky Dunn - 110.17 mph
Special Award - Sponsored by Jacqueline Davies Art
Scarlett Devey for ten years continuous service as Flag Starter