It was great to be back at Santa Pod Raceway for our fix of nostalgia drag racing. Wet weather put paid to much of Friday’s class action, although those signed on for Run What You Brung still got a few good runs in. Saturday really was the main day of action, and Sunday was notably quiet as many headed home early to watch England in the Euro2020 final.
International travel restrictions are still in place which meant that the race classes had a record number of UK entries. It was great to see some of our favourite classes including the Willys Wars, Gasser Circus, and Nostalgia Superstock. Things are getting serious in the Outlaw Anglia camp too with one car now just one hundredth off that desired 6-second pass! But my highlight had to be seeing the return of the Venom Nostalgia Funny Car and their very impressive and quick pass.
Other highlights from the weekend include the grudge match between Santa Pod Raceway owner, Keith Bartlett in the Roarin’ Rat ’57 Chevy against track commentator Colin Theobald in the Camaro. With the Camaro just pipping the Chevy over the line, a rerun is rumored for the NSRA Hot Rod Drags in September.
The NSRA team ran the show and shine area and picked some very worthy winners. Best In Show went to Phil Oldfield with his 1954 Fordson Van “Devils Brew”. This is only the car’s second appearance this year, after being debuted at American Speedfest earlier in July, and Phil was honoured to be representing the NSRA in the Blast from the Past Tent. An original 70’s hot rod, this 1954 Fordson E494C Thames 5cwt van has been given a refreshed gasser style look with a 5.8ltr small block Chevy, and signwriting, and pearlescent flame graphics. We love it!
We’d also like to say well done to Matthew Dodds with the 1949 Ford F1 Panel Van, Jim Roberts with his 1953 Ford Pop 103E, Tim Bate with the 1932 Ford Coupe, Kevin Bridges in the 1933 Chevy, and Craig House with his 1936 Ford Coupe for taking home the Top 5 trophies.
Enjoy the photos!