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Santa Pod Raceway

Retro Show 2010 Report - Sunday 18th July

Read the report form Retro Show 2010 below and view photos on the 2010 Gallery page.

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Santa Pod’s annual Retro Show had a strong turnout with thousands flocking to Santa Pod on Sunday 18 July.  The weather was kind to us with fine bright sunshine most of the day, although a slight head wind on the track made it tricky for the faster RWYB’ers and the ESC Drag Series.  A huge variety of retro cars, bikes and scooters turned up ranging from the well known Ford Escort Mk1 to the obscure.  This is the only show where we are blessed with such vehicles and it has developed into a retro mecca and an opportunity to show them off for the day.

A real crowd pleaser for 2010 was the Retro Drift Team, MorelySport.  They put on three fantastic drift display’s using not one, not two but five superbly prepared cars to slide around our course.  All in perfect tandem they wowed the crowd as they drifted just centimetres from each other.  We’ll surely have them back again next year.

The Run What Ya Brung Competition was, as ever, hard fought.  With just under 200 entries and spilt into 8 classes the winners were:

Class A:  Under 2000cc without turbo/nitrous etc
Paul Smith
Ford Cortina
14.1708 seconds @ 92.54 mph


Class B:  Over 2000c without turbo/nitrous etc
Peter Jackson
1932 Ford, 3 Window Coupe
10.7822 seconds @119.84 mph


Class C:  Under 2000cc with turbo/nitrous etc
Terrance Wilson
Mk2 Ford Escort Cossack
10.3323 seconds @ 135.73 mph


Class D:  Over 2000cc with turbo/nitrous etc
Chris Todd
Ford Fiesta Supersport
10.5681 seconds @ 137.42 mph


Class E:  Scooter & motorcycles under 200cc
Nick Smith
14.1123 seconds @ 88.05 mph


Class F:  Scooter & motorcycles over 200cc
Mick Winyard
Suzuki GSXR 1100 Turbo
8.7237 seconds @ 168.52 mph


Class X:  Non road legal cars and motorcycles
Mick Winyard
Suzuki GSXR 1100
8.6126 seconds @ 166.70 mph


It was also good to see many of the slower vehicles on track as sometimes people think it’s only reserved to the mega quick cars and bikes.  Many vans and scooters were posting times in the 20’s and even a couple of Back to the Future DeLorean’s racing to 88 mph – although sadly they didn’t disappear in a flash of light leaving two fire trials at the finish line!

Also on track was the Euro Sports Compact Series, please visit for a full race report and many high quality Retro Drag race cars.  One notable inclusion of these was Ray White’s Pro Mod Zepher doing a huge wheel stand on the start line.  Obviously this caught Ray’s attention and of everyone around.  Luckily no serious damage was done and Ray will run again next weekend.

Another welcome race car on the track was Jason Phelp’s amazing Top Fuel Funny Car.  Admittedly it is wasn’t a retro car, in fact the car is a state of the art, up to date drag car, but when Jason needed the track time in order to gain his proper race licence the Retro Show Event Team weren’t going to turn him down.  Anyway, he didn’t disappoint as he made two great passes and adding a very different twist to the Retro Show.

Off track there was plenty going on, firstly the popular Show & Shine Competition attracted just under 60 entries.  Quality was high and the judges took hours making their choices taking all considerations into account.  The eventual winners are listed below, but thanks to everyone who took part and for making such a great display.

Best of Show
Lee Proctor, 1971 Ford Escort Mk1
A stunning restoration of the car, that was clean and fresh throughout, with an interesting Vauxhall engine conversion and subtle but effective performance modifications.

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best in show

Best Pre-70’s
Scott Turner, Morris Mini Cooper S
This car looked like it had just rolled off the factory production line! With a totally standard look, every nut and bolt gleamed, and the closer you looked, the better it got.

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pre 70's

Best 1970’s
Nick Naresh, Datsun Violet 160J
A nicely presented body and interior, and a brilliant S15 engine conversion to give this show car plenty of go.


Best 1980’s
Anthony Ball, 1983 Vauxhall Astra Mk1 GTE
Lots of race car mods, including an ambitious 4x4 system, but presented to a very high standard throughout.


Best Standard
Chris Burt, 1988 Mk2 VW Golf GTI
Loaded with factory options but in amazing unrestored original condition, and boasted a very low mileage. This car was detailed to the highest level.


Best Modified
Thor Anson, 1990 VW Caddy
The modifications were fairly mild, but it was a stunningly clean and tidy car that featured mods that finished it off perfectly.


Best Engine
Douglas McColm, 1972 Morris Mini
This was a very nice car inside and out, but the 2.0 16v Vauxhall engine crammed under the bonnet and very well presented gave this car it’s stand-out feature.


Best Modern Retro
Mick Ashby, 2001 VW New Beetle RSI
A clean but fairly standard outside hid the stunning modifications on the interior. Full carbon panels and bespoke seats made this a great car to be in.


Best 2-Wheeler
Grant Marshall, 1980 Kawasaki ZR1
The only bike entered, but a great-looking machine in superb condition nonetheless, and more than worthy of the trophy.

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2 wheeler

There were also many other competitions taking place throughout the day.  Congratulations to:

Best Club Stand

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club stand

There were 24 club stands this year displaying over 500 cars which made the competition tough to judge.  Retro Rides and Old Skool Ford turned out in force and produced a great selection of cars to display.  So did the Phoenix Mini Owners Club.  However, had a striking presence and all vehicles, push bikes, flags and tents, all following their rat look, resulted in them netting the prize.

Autotest - Matthew Mayman - Mini 1000 - 19.28 seconds

Again this was a close battle with Matthew taking the win during the very last run of the handling track session.  The previous winner for the last two years, Chris Wright in his Mini Van, was also present.  Aiming to claim it for a third consecutive year Chris was beaten by just 0.6 of a second.  Thanks to everyone who took part and for entertaining the crowd with your handbrake turns and wheel spins for a few hours. The full leaderboard is on the Autotest page.

Arcade Alley Winner
Andrew Paris - Score 16,860
New to the Retro Show was a host of arcade games from back in the 80’s.  The machines saw constant play all day and were popular with, not just those who could remember them, but also the younger generation. The highest score on Pac-Man got ever higher, eventually reaching an impressive (apparently) 16,860 points.


We also had loud car crushing action from the Monster Truck.  Jumping tens of feet over the cars the Monster Truck is always popular and turned the old bangers into unrecognisable heaps of junk within seconds.  Also generating a stir was the Jet Car with an awesome run at 260 mph!

Thank you to everyone who attended to show and for supporting the event.  We hope you enjoyed your day and look forward to an even better show in 2011!

View photos from Retro Show 2010 on the 2010 Gallery page.

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