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32nd Annual Santa Pod Raceway NSRA Hot Rod Drags 2020 IS ON

September 18 @ 8:00 am - September 20 @ 11:00 pm

Well, the countdown has begun and it’s a real pleasure to be able to say we are looking forward to seeing you all at Santa Pod Raceway from the 18th-20th September for the thirty second, annual Hot Rod Drags.

We’ve got three packed days of track action for you all to enjoy, featuring the massed ranks of the Outlaw Anglia, Gasser Circus, Supercharged Outlaw and Wild Bunch contingents, along with a very healthy dose of pre ’73 RWYB. We are also expecting to see Robin Read make an appearance with the new ‘Spirit of Le Patron’ Daimler powered dragster and John Webster is planning to debut his brand new Outlaw Anglia. If you’ve been missing the smell of nitro, Kevin Chapman is planning to put his ‘Thermoreg Racing’ Mustang fuel funny car through its paces too.

There will be the usual Show’n’Shine area for power parking, along with a whole load of NSRA trophies up for grabs.

Camping is available for those with weekend tickets and the showers are now operational Sadly, due to the ongoing restrictions on large gatherings, we have had to give the live entertainment a miss for this year, although there will be a firework display on Saturday evening. We are sure you’ll all be able to find something to pass the time in the evenings though and check on the website for details of the ‘pub garden’, which will be open for business.

For a full breakdown on what’s happening and an update on the current Covid precautions at the track, visit . Please take the time to read all the guidance, events like this can only take place if we all play by the rules. These guidelines must be adhered to and are in fact
‘The New Normal’.

Use that link to book your tickets and remember there will be no facility to purchase tickets on the gate, you MUST pre book. If you are planning to put the pedal to the metal and take part in the RWYB sessions, you MUST pre book those through the website too and you will need to show your Driving Licence at the track too.


We will have a limited number of event T shirts for sale at the track, the ‘shop’ will be opening at 12 noon on Friday, please make sure you know the size you require, there will be no facility to try them on and there can be no exchanges or refunds (except for faulty items). These are strange and trying times for sure but we hope you can join us, just don’t forget to order your tickets while they are still available.

Take care all! Martyn, Steve and Alan, The Hot Rod Drags Team.

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NSRA Hot Rod Drags

Fri 18th to Sun 20th September 2020

Now celebrating the 32nd annual Original Hot Rod Drags, supported by the NSRA. It’s a hot rod show at the race track! The usual, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ formula with Pre ’73 RWYB, invited race classes, Wild Bunch, fireworks, live music and much more. See you at the track.

Pre-Booked Tickets Only: Adult Tickets from £16 – Kids Under 16 FREE* Buy Tickets

What’s on:

Drag Racing

Nostalgia Drag Racing

  • Outlaw Anglia
    Ford Pops and Anglias.
  • Gasser Circus
    High riding gassers.
  • Supercharged Outlaws
    Supercharged dragsters, altereds and door slammers.
  • Wild Bunch
    Predominantly slingshots and altereds.

Additional trophies for the quickest ET & Quickest Flathead.

Race Entries:
Racers can enter and pay online at

Run What Ya Brung

Run What Ya Brung
Take your car out on the famous quarter-mile dragstrip and test it’s performance limits in a safe and legal environment. Open to pre-1973’s vehicles only, Retro, Classic, Hot Rod and American cars (sorry, no rear engined cars or bikes) Pre-Booking Only

New COVID-19 Signing On Procedure!
Please note there will be No Signing On, on the day. The sign on procedure is now built into the online ticket purchasing process BUT you will still need to present your driving licence at the signing on office. No Tickets or Race Vouchers will be available on the gate

Sign-on costs £35 per day (Fri, Sat or Sun) and you can put in as many runs as you want. More info at

Spaces are very limited and sold on a first come first served basis. RWYB slots will be timetabled throughout the day.

Please note that at this event, helmets are compulsory for all participants. Neck padding and arm restraints are recommended.

Show Car Parking

Show Car Parking
There are no trophies or judging but if you want to park your car up for like minded people to admire then head on over to the Show Car Parking area.

Show & Shine

Dirty Dozen
These are trophies awarded by the NSRA committee. The cars don’t have to be the shiniest or prettiest, they certainly don’t have to be the quickest but they are judged to have been representative of the ‘Spirit of the Event’. The only criteria is that they must have been put through their paces on the quarter mile at some point over the weekend.

Pub Garden

Santa ‘Pub’ Garden
New for this 2020 season we introduce the Santa ‘Pub’ Garden! A chill out area where you can enjoy your picnic, grab a beer and watch all the entertainment from the big screen at your leisure.

The Livestream will be on screen throughout the day meaning you won’t miss any of the track action.

The Santa ‘Pub’ Garden will be open through the evening on Friday and Saturday with additional entertainment on the big screen – the perfect way to relax with a few beers after a great days racing!

Fireworks Display

Fireworks Display
There will be a spectacular firework display on Saturday evening.

Trade Village

Nostalgia Trade Village
There will be a wide range of traders. (All Days)


On site camping is included with all multi-day admission tickets to Santa Pod Raceway. View details on the Camping Page where you can also find a link to Santa Pod’s partner American Motorhomes – Large High Spec Motorhomes Hire.

Please be Aware! Important Covid Camping Information: We are delighted to be able to offer you camping facilities HOWEVER, in order to safeguard the continuation of camping at Santa Pod, we ask you to read and adhere strictly to the New Camping Rules!

Fun Fair RidesFun Fair Rides
All the fun of the fair with Dodgems, Waltzers, Arcades, Candy Floss and Sideshows.

New for 2020, get more fun for less with the new Token Bundles available from the Dodgems counter, tokens can be redeemed anytime Fri, Sat & Sun.

Get 27 funfair tokens for £25 OR 55 tokens for £50 and really keep the kids busy for hours! Each token counts as £1 when redeemed. (tokens are non-refundable)

Ride prices: Dodgems – £4, Waltzer – £3, Sizzler – £3, Trampolines – £3, Kiddies Rides – £3

Fun Fair COVID-19 Measures – Risk assessments for each ride / Hand Sanitisers on signs at the entrance of each ride / Regular cleaning of rides.

Bars & Caterers

Bars & Caterers
There are multiple bars and a range of caterers to suit all tastes on site at Santa Pod Raceway. (All Days)

2019 Photo Gallery:

View photos from the Hot Rod Drags on the Facebook Photo Gallery.

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Hot Rod Drags Tickets

Buy Tickets Online at or phone the Box Office on 01234 782828
Kids Under 16 FREE*

Ticket Type Pre-Booked Gates Open Grandstand
Advance Standard
Friday NO Friday Day Tickets N/A FREE
Saturday £16 £20 Sat 8am FREE
Sunday £16 £20 Sun 8am FREE
Thursday Arrival Pass £5 £5 Thu 12 to 7pm N/A
Sat / Sun £25 £30 Sat 8am per day
Fri / Sat / Sun £30 £35 Fri 8am per day

NSRA Members get £5 off Pre-Booked standard priced Weekend Tickets (max 2 per member) with Discount Code.

  • All tickets are Pre-Booking Only – No tickets will be available on the gate.
  • Advance ticket orders are subject to a booking fee of £2 per ticket and postage fee of £3 per order (£6 recorded, no postage fee on “print at home” tickets).
  • Advanced ticket prices end on the Friday a week before the event weekend at 5pm. After this time tickets will be available at standard rate with no booking fee.
  • All tickets are non-refundable. All tickets are subject to availability and sold on a first come first served basis.
  • Ticket prices are per person.
  • * Three FREE kids per paying Adult, photo ID is required if kids look older than they are.
  • Day admission is 8am till racing finishes & does not include camping.
  • Camping is included within multi-day admission tickets, NOT single day tickets. Eg. Sat/Sun ticket = camping Sat night.
  • NO showers are available at this time for campers.
  • Any ticket upgrades made on the day will be charged the difference to full standard price.
  • Parking is free.
  • Certain activities including Drag Racing are subject to weather and track conditions.
  • No Glass! No Pets! No Fireworks! No Chinese Lanterns! No Drones! view full Essential Info.
  • Please see Essential Info page for Adverse Weather Ticket Policy and other Terms and Conditions.
  • For RWYB don’t forget your driving Licence.
  • Santa Pod Raceway offer various promotions and group discounts for 10 or more adult admission tickets to selected events. Details here.

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September 18 @ 8:00 am
September 20 @ 11:00 pm
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