Festival of Power Unlocked
Santa Pod Raceway
Fri.25 – Sun.27 June 2021
The roar of delight heard around Santa Pod Raceway when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted on 21st June, as expected, will be drowned out four days later by the roar of engines as the venue presents its first full-house, unlimited audience event since the pandemic took hold last year.
The Festival of Power traditionally launches the UK drag racing season at Easter. Postponed by Covid, this year’s version will take place over the 25th-27th June weekend and, to honour the lifting of restrictions, is being re-branded as the Festival of Power Unlocked.
The name may be modified but the format remains as exciting as ever, melding championship drag racing, on two wheels and four, with entertainments and attractions for all the family.
Topping the bill is a Top Fuel Dragster match race. Taking the wheel of one of the thunderous 300mph projectiles will be Santa Pod’s own Slick Tricks Dragster pilot, Susanne Callin. Also at the fast-and-loud end of the programme, a ‘David and Goliath’ Funny Car battle of old-versus-new will pit the ‘nostalgia’ nitro-burners of Tony Betts and Andy Raw against their heavyweight modern counterparts driven by Jason Phelps and Steve Ashdown. A key feature of the Festival has long been the Jet Car Shootout, and five of the booming, fire-belching beasts are scheduled to light up the start line.
The Festival of Power will be the second National Championship round for cars and motorcycles. The opening round, five weeks earlier, took place in front of a limited-attendance crowd. Headlining the show are the Pro Modifieds of the Motorsport UK British Drag Racing Championship, outrageously powerful ‘doorslammers’ capable of hitting 240mph in less than 6 seconds. In addition, 11 Sportsman car classes will contest their respective national title chases while, on two wheels, 10 motorcycle classes, headed by Top Fuel Bike, will battle for two-wheeled supremacy. The youngsters of Junior Dragster and Junior Drag Bike will enjoy their own eighth-mile action.
Away from the track, the Live Action Arena will focus on Monster Trucks and the amazing feats of champion stunt driver Terry Grant and stunt rider Lee Bowers, along with the regular diet of funfair rides, helicopter pleasure flights, sideshows, children’s amusements and some lively evening entertainments in the Fuelers Bar.
The Festival of Power Unlocked takes place at Santa Pod Raceway, near Wellingborough (NN29 7XA) from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th June. Advance adult admission prices begin at £20, with children aged 5-15 at £5 each. Full event and venue information is available at www.santapod.co.uk or by telephoning the Box Office at 01234 782828. Tickets may be bought online or by telephone but must be pre-booked. There will be no admission at the gate.
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