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If you yearn for the days when brave souls used to strap themselves into ridiculously overpowered and under tyred machinery to do battle head to head on the West Coast drag strips, then you’ll love the new Dragstalgia event at Santa Pod between Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th of July.

Billed as a weekend of unashamed nostalgia, the FIA approved venue has gathered some the finest drag racers, hot rods and bikes from the era when men were men and Health and Safety people weren’t invented. Mixed with a liberal sprinkling of classic dragsters, Funny Cars, Altereds, Hot Rods and American Muscle, Dragstalgia looks set to become the ‘Revival’ equivalent for quarter mile junkies.

The drag racing line-up already looks impressive with the finest exponents from the NFAA, Supercharged Outlaws, Wild Bunch, Outlaw Street, Outlaw Anglias and National Association of SuperTwins already signed up to pound the hallowed tarmac. Naturally, there will also be RWYB session’s throughout the weekend, so make sure you bring your licence, ‘race face’ and helmet (if you’re in something really quick) and enjoy running in the tyre tracks of the greats.

A ‘Cacklefest’ on the Saturday evening provides the V8 equivalent of an open-air symphony – definitely one to record for your ring-tone, that one, or for those wanting a more genteel experience, a leisurely walk amongst the Historic racecar displays, club areas or Show and Shine will provide the perfect riposte. The world famous Allard dragster will also be at the event and, fingers crossed, it is hoped that officials will be able to fire the car up for the first time at any race track since 1964, reminding us all how the sport in its current form truly began. Many other beautiful machines will also be in evidence in the Show and Shine arena - and with £500 in cold hard cash awaiting the 'Best Of Show' winner, quality is most definitely assured.

The epically powerful Fireforce Jet funny car of Martin Hill will also be plying its 300 mph trade all weekend, providing a true visual and aural thrill for true petrol heads (or should that be jetheads?). There’s also a swapmeet area, live evening entertainment and full catering and licensed bar facilities all weekend. And with free camping, you can even have a pint or three on the Saturday. Perfect! Especially as you can pack the family off to the funfair whilst several thousand horsepower clears your hangover…

The event will be started in truly classic style by Brian Taylor, drag scene stalwart and author of Crazy Horses – the history of British drag racing. Commenting on the event, he was clearly looking forward to looking back! ‘I spent most of my spare time at Santa Pod from 1966 through to 1980, in roles that included spectator, commentator, journalist, Chairman of the organising club (British Drag Racing & Hot Rod Association), promoter of the Annual Champions Trophy Night and developing European drag racing’s first contingency scheme with my company Taylor Startup International. So these nostalgia events are very special occasions for me. We had great fun when we launched Crazy Horses at Santa Pod by assembling drag racing personalities who have helped build the sport over the years, and the new Dragstalgia event gives us the opportunity of celebrating our roots again.’

Advance day tickets start at just £14 (£17 on the gate) and full weekend tickets are only £25 (£30 on the gate). See you there!

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