Retro ShowSunday 17th June 2018 at Santa Pod Raceway
With Run What Ya Brung on Saturday 16th June 2018
The Retro Show is a classic car and bike show with a difference: Unlike most shows where you park up in a field and sip tea, this is an action-packed day where you can take part in the racing and show & shine whatever type of retro machinery you have.
Retro Show is open to all retro vehicles including cars, bikes, scooters and lorries from the 1950’s through the 1980’s to 1995. Featuring: RWYB, Drag Demos, Show & Shine, Traders, Club Stands, Weekend Camping, Vehicles 4 Sale Paddock, Evening Entertainment, Fun Fair Rides and more.
Retro Show 2018 Report / Gallery / Video
Read the report below to see who won what, view more photos and watch the Highlights Video.
View more photos on the Facebook Gallery.
Retro Show 2018 Highlights Video
Retro Show 2018 Report
Once again Retro Show lived up to its name with a ravishing retro spectacle everywhere you looked! We took you back to the past fast with some superb retro racing out on the track, a stunning congregation of vintage show vehicles plus entertainment and attractions that transported us back to a bygone era. All you Dad’s that joined us this Father’s Day – we hope you had a fantastic day celebrating here with us at Santa Pod Raceway!
It was Father vs Son over in the Autotest! Our first trophy of the day went to Kevin Swam, completing the track in an impressive 33.44 seconds in his Ford Escort followed closely by Jake Swam and his Ford Cortina. Well done Kevin!
The Drift Arena was busy all day hosting The Retro Drifting Challenge where we witnessed the UK’s top retro drifters put on a sideways driving, tyre smoking, rubber burning extravaganza. Congratulations to winner Martin Wonnacott and all who competed.
1st Martin Wonnacott
2nd Jason Clark
3rd Josh Payne
The Show Paddock was full to the brim for The Autoglym Show & Shine Competition with a dazzling display of Retro cars and bikes. From modified Minis to 70’s Ford Cortinas, a stunning classic Mercedes to a very cool Lamborghini Countach, the judges had a very tough time deciding the winners with deliberations continuing right up to the presentations! We salute all of you who entered – you did us proud with top machinery throughout! However, after many turns around the paddock, I’m sure you’ll agree, the winners were as follows:
Supercharged Outlaws, Wildbunch and Nostalgia Pro Stock Bike were out in force on the quarter mile; with an eclectic mix of slingshots, altered, dragsters and original bikes from the 80s we witnessed some great racing with smokey burnouts and passes well into the 7 second zone! Wildbunch’s Bob Hawkins’s checkout pass on Saturday was a cool 6.92secs @ 201.68mph!!! The class also saw back to back PBs with “The Villian” running 7.89secs @ 171mph and 7.91secs @ 170mph.
We welcomed back to the track, Oklahoma Willy – The VW Jet Pick Up; this lovingly restored American beauty ran a 11.84secs @ 155.80mph. Joining the flame and thunder party, tearing up the raceway, we saw Martin Hill’s Fireforce 5 Jet Dragster run at a breath-taking 5.30secs @ 261.98mph!
The Run What Ya Brung sessions saw a varied and vibrant mix of retro vehicles hitting the dragstrip with some very impressive ET’s. The results of the RWYB competition were as follows:
Cool Flo BMX lived up to their name and pulled out all the stops keeping the crowds entertained with their team of outstanding pro riders performing jaw-dropping stunts throughout the day. Historic Aero Engines took us back in time with an awesome demonstration of their iconic Rolls-Royce Merlin engines.
For those of you who made a weekend of it, Saturday night in Fueler’s Bar saw Rockabilly band, Rock-Ola Rockets take to the stage playing 50s & 60s hits for you all to party to. On Sunday, we were movin’ and a groovin’ over in the Show Paddock as Retro DJ Disco’s Revenge and The John Burrows band kept us rockin’ and rollin’ from the Live Stage.
We would like to thank everyone who attended Retro Show and from all the Santa Pod team, we hope you had a great day, to all you dads out there – we hope you had a Happy Father’s Day! See you next year!
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