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Santa Pod Raceway

Retro Show 2008 Report - Saturday 5th July 2008

Never believe what the weatherman has to say about the climactic conditions at Santa Pod. That is the lesson we learnt from the Retro Show. In the run up to the big day, (5th July 2008) reports were that we’d be washed away, and it was true that the day started off wet. But by 10am, the clouds had started to break and the sun started to dry the track. By mid day it was hot and sunny, and the Retro Show was in full flow!

RWYB Handling Club Show & Shine

For a one-day event, the Retro Show has a real festival feel, with everyone from rival clubs and scenes being united by the love of retro motoring. As per 2007, there were some real random machines adding colour to the backdrop of beautifully presented classics and rough ‘n’ rusty retros. From historic go karts and whacky hill-climbers, to matt-black Rollers and pin-sharp Abarth Fiats, no one was passing judgment on what you turned up with, they were just soaking up the variety. In with the cars there was more than a handful of mod-tastic scooters and roaring bikes that fogged the track with tyre smoke and the exotic, forbidden aroma of 2-stroke. This is what it’s all about, and the dragstrip at Santa Pod gave them all the chance to play on a level field.

The Run What Ya Brung competition was running until 4pm with new classes for 2008, and the top cars and bikes from the day were:

Class A – Under 2,000cc without Turbo/Nitrous
Paul Callendar
VW Golf Mk1
14.42s @ 94.41mph


Class B – Over 2,000cc without Turbo/Nitrous
Steve Conner
Austin A60
12.21s @ 98.3mph


Class C – Under 2,000 with Turbo/Nitrous
D Faulkner
Triumph Toledo
11.71s @ 122.46mph


Class D – Over 2,000cc with Turbo/Nitrous
Lee Denham
Ford Capri Ghia
10.38s @ 136.05mph


Class E – Motorcycles & Scooters under 200cc
Jason Musgrove
Lambretta GP
19.42s @ 64.23mph


Class F – Motorcycles and Scooters over 200cc
Mark Ricketts
Suzuki GSXR1100
9.70s @ 152.03


Class X – Non Road Legal
Simon Rickwood
Chevrolet Nova
11.83s @ 113.24mph


Find out how well you did on the 2008 RWYB Times pages.

For those that liked more leisurely motoring pursuits, the Auto Glym Show & Shine was a great place to hang out and show off your retro metal. The paddock was packed by the time judging started at midday, and true to the cliché, picking winners was a very tough task. But the following vehicles shined through:

Best Pre 70’s - Phil Lyall - Mercury Cougar 1968
This huge black beast was totally straight, clean, and as menacing as it was 40 years ago.

Show & Shine
Show & Shine

Best 70’s – Andy Ison – BMW 3.0CSL 1973
If Bananaman could drive, this is what he’d choose: a bright yellow beauty with superhero bodykit and loads of retro race details.

Show & Shine
Show & Shine

Best 80’s & Best Engine Simon Alexander – Honda Prelude 1981
Looking even better than it did when it was first launched, this stunning concours resto stole the attention away from far more exotic machines.

Show & Shine
Show & Shine

Best Original – Elaine Pidgeon – VW Type 3 Fastback 1971
A lovely original car that had aged very sympathetically, topped off with some retro accessories.

Show & Shine
Show & Shine

Best Modified / Best 2 Wheeler
Terry Handlet – Mini Minus 1977

A wicked little blue bombshell that had well-executed muscular mods that really suited the mini style and on the back of the Mini was a matching Vespa on a custom trailer, making a great combo.

Show & Shine
Show & Shine

Best Modern Retro – Chris “Funkmaster” Redford – New Beetle 2001
With a split-window rear and tonnes of more subtle retro touches, this Beetle was a beautifully executed caricature of the original 50’s wagen.

Show & Shine
Show & Shine

Over on the Autotest/Handling Track, there was a theme forming: The smaller the wheels, the quicker the time! This track was laid out to punish big cars and to allow the little ‘uns that might struggle on the dragstrip a sporting chance of winning something through pure agility. The course included two slaloms, three super-sharp corners and a reverse-precision-park. Topping the tables at the end of the day was the well-presented and super-nippy Mini Van belonging to Chris Whight who was simply unstoppable in the slaloms. The big ol’ barges simply stood no chance. Thanks to everyone who took part, we hope you had fun even if you didn’t win. Full leaderboard on the Autotest Page.

Thanks also to all the clubs that came along to support the event. You put on a great show and we hope you all had a good day.

Retro Rides took the best club display trophy for their wonderfully varied stand, the members from which also got involved in every aspect of the show.

Retro Rides

The clubs that attended retro Show 2008 were:

  • MG Drag Racing Club
  • Phoenix Mini Owners Club
  • Betaboyz Lancia Beta Club
  • Retro Car Club
  • Simca Club UK
  • SW
  • MK1 Golf Owners Club
  • Dub Generation
  • MEG
  • The Leicester Classic Car Enthusiasts
  • Retro-Rides
  • Mazda Rotary Club
  • Retro - Renault Club
  • Exile-Rotorsport
  • Peugeot Gti Autosport Club
  • Fordsport
  • RTOC
  • MK1 Astra Owners Club
  • Old Skool Ford
  • MkIII
  • UK Lowrider Car Club

Thanks again to everyone who braved the weather reports and came along to support another great Retro Show! See you soon.

View photos from Retro Show 2008 on the Photo gallery page.

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