Stand 2680 – National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Thu. 10 – Sun. 13 January 2019
Santa Pod Raceway launches its 54th consecutive season of high-speed racing action with its annual appearance at January’s mammoth Autosport International show. Santa Pod will be joined on Stand 2680 once again by Lucas Oil Products UK in the show’s new location for this year on the Piazza side of Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.
Centre-piece of the stand will be the mighty Fireforce 3, the world’s fastest Jet Funny Car. Owner/driver Martin Hill and his crew will be on hand to explain the intricacies of the Pratt & Whitney J60 jet engine that delivers flame-throwing, eardrum-popping afterburner displays before powering the Chevrolet Lumina-bodied machine on a ground-shaking charge through the quarter-mile. In 2005, Fireforce 3 was clocked at 336mph across the Santa Pod finish line, a speed unmatched by any similar vehicle anywhere on the planet. In 2019, Hill and his crew will be celebrating 30 years of the Fireforce Jet Car brand.
Also on hand will be Santa Pod staff members eager to discuss a 10-month-long programme crammed with more than 50 events for lovers of all manner of fast-paced, motorised machinery – enthusiasts, participants and spectators alike. Visitors to Stand 2680 can also collect the latest print-edition copy of Santa Pod’s 2019 Calendar.
Representing Lucas Oil on the stand will be the Ford Capri-bodied Nostalgia Funny Car of veteran racer Bob Glassup. The car is a key example of the new breed of ‘retro’ machines – built to modern safety standards but retaining the mechanical attributes and style of a bygone era – which nowadays play starring roles on the burgeoning ‘historic’ race schedule epitomised each July by Santa Pod’s ‘Dragstalgia’. Lucas Oil representatives will be available to explain the company’s extensive range of automotive lubricants, treatments, additives and ancillary products, with a selection of products on sale.
Looming over the stand throughout the weekend will be a giant LED screen broadcasting Box Lane Productions’ award-winning videos of Santa Pod racing action, evoking a flavour of this most sensory of motor sports and serving as the next best thing to being at the track in person.
Santa Pod Raceway and Lucas Oil UK will welcome show visitors to Stand 2680, Hall 2, throughout Autosport International, 10th–13th January 2019, with a particular welcome for media visitors interested to learn more about Santa Pod’s special brand of motor sport. Thursday and Friday are trade-only days and Saturday and Sunday are open to the public.