Dragstalgia 2018

Fri 13th to Sun 15th July 2018

Santa Pod goes back to the way we were with Dragstalgia, a weekend dedicated to drag racing, hot rods and bikes from a bygone era with classic dragsters and funny cars, altereds, hot rods, American muscle and more.

There will be Championship Drag Racing and Run What Ya Brung sessions on the track along with the Jet Dragster and 2 seater Dragster Rides. Off track, there will be Show & Shine, Live Music, Traders, Cracklefest, Historic Car Display and more.

TICKETS: Adult Day Tickets from £22 – Kids Under 16 FREE* Buy Tickets

Dragstalgia 2018 Photo Entry List
View photos of the cars and bikes entered for Dragstalgia on the Entry List.

Dragstalgia 2017 Highlights Video

Dragstalgia Photo Gallery

View photos from the Dragstalgia 2017 on the Facebook Photo Gallery.


What’s on:

Drag Racing
National classes racing at Dragstalgia include:

Drag Racing


  • Nostalgia Cannonball
    Nitro and methanol nostalgia funny cars and Fuel Altereds including the NFAA and Nostalgia Funny Car, running a cannonball format. Cars inc Chi-Town Hustler fresh from the USA.
  • Slingshot Showdown 
    Shootout for quick Front Engined Dragsters only. Entrants must have ran quicker than 8.5 to be eligible.
  • Gasser Circus
    High riding gassers.
  • Wild Bunch
    Predominantly slingshots and altereds.
  • Nostalgia Pro Stock Bike
    Based on historic ACU pro stock rules. The class is for pre-1980 bikes with stock appearance, 7” tyres, carbs and stock main chassis.

Drag Racing


  • Outlaw Anglia
    Ford Pops and Anglias.
  • 5th Annual Willys Wars
    Willys match racing.
  • Supercharged Outlaws
    Supercharged dragsters, altereds and door slammers.
  • Nostalgia Superstock
    Shootout for pre 72 American bodied cars with stock rear suspension, carbs only no power adders, slicks are allowed.
  • NSA Bike Shootout
    Some of the most historic Drag Bikes around will be taking part in a shootout.

Dragstalgia Invitational

Custom Car Invitational
As a staunch supporter of Dragstalgia since its inception in 2011, Custom Car magazine is excited to be taking a more active role in the event in 2018. Previously known as the RWYB on the Saturday and Sunday, the Custom Car Invitational will showcase some of the best vehicles from the UK and beyond to join the invited race classes in making some passes throughout the weekend. Entries have now closed.

Custom Car

Run What Ya Brung

Run What Ya Brung
Take your car or motorcycle out on the famous quarter-mile dragstrip and test it’s performance limits in a safe and legal environment. Open to pre-1980’s vehicles only, Retro, Classic, Hot Rod and American cars and bikes (sorry, no modern cars or bikes).

RWYB sessions are on Friday from 10am-4.30pm with no race classes. Pre-entry is compulsory. Pre-enter by emailing 2018@dragstalgia.co.uk. Unlimited runs for £25 Sign-on.

Please note that at this event, helmets are required for all vehicles travelling faster than 100mph at the finish line. Neck padding and arm restraints are recommended. Full RWYB details at www.RWYB.com.

Show & Shine

Autoglym Show & Shine
In association with the NSRA (Sunday)
Put your pride and joy on display and you could be going home with a trophy. It’s free to enter, just turn up and register on the day. Space is limited and the paddock fills up quickly so be sure to arrive early.

We have prizes from Autoglym and trophies judged by the NSRA for the Best of Show plus 4 runners up completing the Top 5. Open to pre 1980 vehicles only, Retro, Classic, Hot Rod and American cars and bikes.

Run What Ya Brung

Showmanship Trophies
Trophies will go to those racing in the spirit of the event in the following categories:

  • Best Backup Girl/Guy
  • Lowest ET
  • Wheelstand of the Weekend
  • Burnout of the Weekend
  • Driving Job of the Weekend
  • Best Appearing Team
  • Moment of the Weekend
  • Spirit of Dragstalgia
  • Best Appearing Vehicle

After the track closes head to Fuelers Bar on Friday and Saturday for DJs and Live Bands. Discos Revenge’s Grant Pinney will be spinning the tunes, bringing you the best rocking beats and some kicking soul to shake your tail feathers to and taking requests.

*As part of your Sporting Event entrance only.

Rock n Roll

Live Band – Vintage (Friday Night)
A young rock and roll band who amaze their audiences with their authentic sound and three-piece harmonies.  The boys have become known for their tight sound and crazy antics, both on and off stage. 


Live Music

Live Band – The B-Sides (Saturday Night)
An authentic and high energy Rock n Roll band, they have appeared across the country and know how to get everyone involved and having a great time! Covering everyone from Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, Little Richard to Elvis and many more, get ready to dance the night away.


The Femmes

Live Band – The Femmes (Saturday Night)
Oozing with golden age Hollywood glamour, this trio of starlets whisk the glory of the 1940s to today. The Femmes infuse classic vintage numbers with your favourite current hits, so expect everything from Frank Sinatra to Britney Spears! With more fizz than a glass of Champagne, these gals will ensure you jump and jive the night away!

The Femmes

The Fabulous Miss Jones (Saturday Day)

Local Jazz musician “The Fabulous Miss Jones” will be setting up around site on the Saturday playing some soothing tunes in contrast to the usual Santa Pod tune of roaring V8s.


Live Band – Moonshiners (Sunday Day)
Giving up their day jobs of over 18 years and hitting the streets in the day and pubs / Clubs by Night to become full time Street entertainers has proved to be a great success, making them very popular in the towns and cities up and down the country. The pair mainly play music from the 1950’s era and sing well known harmonies from great performers such as The Everly Brothers, The Beatles, Elvis Presley and many others. Chris the bassist also writes a lot of his own material which adds a great bonus for the Duo.

Historic Car Display

Historic Car Display

Swedish Treasure

Janne Johansson from Sweden will be bringing some of his stunning Nostalgia collection to display at this year’s Dragstalgia. Janne has a whole workshop full of cars, parts and historic drag racing memorabilia from all over the world and we’re delighted to welcome Janne and some of his display to Santa Pod for the first time.

Janne will be filling his show worthy, Peterbilt towed, transporter with no less than 4 historic Funny Cars and a fuel altered plus he’ll be bringing a 69 Chevy C20 Ramp Truck towing yet another Funny Car, just like they used to in the good old days. The restored treats are:

  • Opel Manta B 1976 Funny Car, ex Björn Andersson & Tage Hammerman
  • “Flygvapnet”  Datsun 280 ZX 1980 Funny Car, ex Lee Anders Hasselström
  • Volvo 343 1979 Funny car, ex body from DEX Volvo, (Björn Ardin)
  • “Bubble Up”  Pontiac Trans Am 1977 Funny Car, ex Gordie Bonin & Jerry Verhuel
  • Plymouth Arrow 1979 Funny Car, ex Lil´John Lombardo (restoration ongoing)
  • T-23 Fuel Altered 1975

Photo Recreation

Janne’s vehicles won’t be running on track, but instead populating the show marquee with the Björn Andersson Manta and Lee Anders Hasselström Datsun being fired up to cackle throughout the weekend, including participation in the Cracklefest.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get up close and personal with some meticulously restored Funny Cars from yesteryear.

Photo Recreation

Whilst Janne’s cars are here, we’re also going to take the opportunity to combine his cars with the current crop of European Nostalgia Funny Cars in a bid to recreate the iconic photo (above) of the line-up on the Friday evening. Who knows, we may even be able to line up even more floppers than we did in the original photo.

Fire Burnouts

Fire Burnouts
Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the event (and year) is the annual fire burnout display. Watch in amazement as man and machine strap in, set themselves on fire and then light up the tyres. Saturday Evening


There will be a cacklefest on Saturday evening with cars lining up on the track in front of the grandstand. Keeping the nostalgia vibe going, suitable cars will be push started from the road in front of the grandstand before driving onto the track.

Wall of Death

Wall of Death
The Fox family have been touring and entertaining since the 1920’s. With their vintage Indian Scouts and 20ft high vertical wall it is a show that needs to be seen to be believed! The noise, the speed, the smell, the proximity of the bikes ridden to the top of the wall, barely 6 inches from the audience – an experience never to be forgotten!


Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be making a fly past with a WWII Spitfire on Saturday and a Hurricane on Sunday.

Jet Bus

Oklahoma Willy – The Jet Bus
This 1958 VW pick up spent most of her life on a farm in Oklahoma. Over the last 4 years the truck has undergone a total nut and bolt restoration and has been re-engineered to introduce modern components. The Rolls Royce Viper 535 jet engine is from a fighter jet with an afterburner added to produce a maximum power output of 5000 lbs of thrust which can be roughly translated to 5000 BHP.

Split Second

Split Second
The Split Second Jet Dragster driven by Julian Webb will be hurtling down the strip.

Vintage Fair

The ‘Dragstalgia’ Vintage Fair
New for 2018, Dragstalgia will be hosting a Vintage Fair! 
As out on the track and in the pits, The ‘Dragstalgia’ Vintage Fair will showcase an eclectic and vibrant mix of stalls from true purveyors of Nostalgia. Expect stall upon stall of affordable shopping, with vintage and retro clothing, homeware, jewellery, crafts and collectables. So, make sure you pop into the Vintage Fair marquee this Dragstalgia to have a good browse and a rummage; from the 1920s to the 1990s, we will have every era covered for all you vintage and retro enthusiasts to enjoy!

If you are interested in exhibiting at The ‘Dragstalgia’ Vintage Fair, click here to download the Vintage Fair 2018 Exhibitor Info & Booking Form or email vintagefair@dragstalgia.co.uk for further information.

Club Displays

Club Displays / Camping
Club display areas and club camping areas are available for booking now, to book call 01234 782828 or Download a Dragstalgia Club Booking Form. You must have a minimum of 10 cars to book a club stand or camping area.

20% discount for members of American, Classic, Retro and Hot Rod car clubs including MMA, NSRA, NASC, AACI and UKSM. Offer applies to gate tickets only and you must provide your membership card.

Camping is included with weekend tickets. Gates opening at 8am Friday. Separate Hot Rod only camping field.

Swap Meet

Swap Meet & Cars 4 Sale 
If you’re looking to buy or sell vintage cars, bike or parts then head over to the Swap Meet and Cars 4 Sale areas. Both are free.

Pin Striping

Live Pin Striping Demo
Pinstriping as an art-form is as old as the hills, more commonly associated with coachlining, barge painting and Romany wagons but it’s also a big part of the hotrod scene. Watch a master at work as Nefarious will be doing LIVE pin-striping demos at the show. www.pinstriping.co.uk

Dragstalgia Beer Festival

Dragstalgia Beer Festival
Running along side Dragstalgia will be the return of the Beer Festival with more ales from local breweries. So if you’re a real ale fan then head over to the Fuelers Bar which will be open from Friday.

Fun Fair Rides

Fun Fair Rides
There’s fun for all the family off track with side shows and Fun Fair Rides.

Hall of Fame

British Drag Racing Hall of Fame
The BDRHF will be bringing along some of the biggest names from the past 40 years of drag racing. Don’t forget your autograph book for this fantastic opportunity to catch some of your childhood hero’s.

2 Seater

2Seater Dragster 
Watch as the brave and the lucky get to ride down the strip in the 7 second Santa Pod 2Seater dragster. See the 2Seater pagefor how to book a ride.

World Cup

World Cup Final
The world cup final will be shown live in Fuelers Bar at 4pm on the Sunday of Dragstalgia with Fueler’s staying open till it’s all over.

Event Facilities:


There will be a range of traders selling everything from clothing to collectables. (All Days)

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)


Camping at Santa Pod is included with all multi day tickets, view full Camping Info here. Santa Pod has also partnered with Camplify offer Caravan & RV hire.

Camplify – Caravans & RVs
Peer-to-peer caravan hire and RV-sharing community, Camplify provide a wide selection of RV accommodation that can be booked at the event. Visit www.camplify.co.uk


For just £129 + VAT per person come along and enjoy the VIP experience including lunch and balcony viewing. Don’t worry if you’ve already booked your tickets, you can still upgrade for a great day out or a gift.

More information on the Hospitality pages.

Pete Crane Spirit of 76 Award
Over the Easter weekend in 1976, Pete Crane set the world alight at Santa Pod by taking out reigning NHRA Champion Don Garlits in the first round of Top Fuel Dragster, and running the first 5 second ¼ mile outside of North America on the very same pass, a stunning 5.97 at 213mph.

The “Spirit of 76” award will go to someone that has played a major part in creating and shaping the Nostalgia Drag Racing scene of today, faced a major challenge and succeeded against the odds as Pete did in 76, demonstrated extreme commitment to Drag Racing, or simply someone that goes that extra mile to achieve their goals or help others within the sport. The recipient of the 

Dragstalgia 2018 Tickets

Fri 13th to Sun 15th July 2018 – Kids Under 16 FREE*

Ticket Type Advance Standard Gates Open Grandstand
Friday NO Friday Day Tickets N/A FREE
Saturday £22 £30 Sat 8am FREE
Sunday £22 £30 Sun 8am FREE
All 3 Days £45 £55 Fri 8am per day

To Book Tickets please phone 01234 782828 or buy your tickets online.

To Book Tickets please phone 01234 782828 or buy your tickets online.


  • 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”).
  • Maximum single online order of 9 admission tickets. To bulk book tickets for clubs or groups you will need to phone the Box Office to place your order.
  • Advanced ticket prices end on the Friday a week before the event weekend at 5pm. After this time only “print at home tickets” will be available at standard rate.
  • All tickets are non-refundable.
  • 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, day tickets will be sold on the gate until 4pm.
  • Camping is included within multi-day admission tickets, NOT single day tickets. e.g. Sat/Sun ticket = camping Sat night.
  • Any ticket upgrades made on the day will be charged the difference to full gate price.
  • Parking is free.
  • Please see Essential Info page for Rain Off Policy and other terms and conditions.
  • For RWYB don’t forget your driving Licence.
  • Caravan and Motorhome Club members get 20% discount on selected Santa Pod tickets. Details here.
  • Santa Pod Raceway offer group discounts for 10 or more adult admission tickets to selected events. Details here.

Dragstalgia Videos & Galleries

Dragstalgia 2017 Highlights VideoFacebook Photo Gallery
Dragstalgia 2016 Highlights VideoFacebook Photo Gallery
Dragstalgia 2015 Highlights VideoFacebook Photo Gallery
Dragstalgia 2014 Highlights VideoFacebook Photo Gallery

Drag Racing

View the full Results Data here and descriptions of the various Drag Racing classes on the Classes page.