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The National Street Rod Association was back at the track for the 35th annual NSRA Hot Rod Drags from the 15th – 17th September 2023. With an exciting mix of pre-1973 hotrod ‘Run What Ya Brung’, class racing, and a show and shine display, the Hot Rod Drags is a firm favourite on Santa Pod Raceways calendar.

On the track, Colin Millar was in touching distance of becoming the first UK Outlaw Anglia to surpass 200MPH running a 6.90 at 199MPH and Wayne Allman hit a long-term goal of 200MPH in the Mental Breakdown VW dragster. Bob Hawkins achieved the quickest and fastest Wild Bunch car of the weekend and Scott Collin set a new PB in the Modified 100e challenge. Throughout the weekend, there were excellent ‘Run What Ya Brung’ sessions with 120 cars making runs on the Friday alone.

The TV crews were out in force on Friday, with Fuzz Townsend and Tim Shaw filming an episode of Car S.O.S and unveiling a Ford Popular to one very special couple. We’re not sure when this episode will be aired but it will be well worth looking out for.

On Saturday, the racing continued until after dark as the track was lit up by the floodlights and flames with the cracklefest and fireworks rounding off the day.

Although the summer hotrodding season is drawing to a close, there is still one more NSRA event on the calendar – the NSRA Northern Swap Meet. Taking place on the 29th October 2023 at Melbourne Raceway, this is a chance to pick up vintage auto parts for your winter rodding or restoration project. If you are planning a winter project, be sure to read our essential guide to laid up insurance.

If you attended the 2023 NSRA Hot Rod Drags, we’d love to hear from you and enjoy the photos!