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Sep 11 2011

GTI Festival – Santa Pod – Sunday 16th October – The Season Finale

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GTI FESTIVAL – THE SEASON FINALE
Sunday 16th October 2011
Santa Pod Raceway,
Wellingborough,
Northants.
NN29 7XA
01279 72 52 52 or [email protected]

www.vwaction.com/gtifestival

ONLY £15 FOR A FULL DAY – FULL SHOW
(Accompanied under-13s FREE)

Traders
Autojumble
RWYB/Sprints*
Show & Shine
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Over the years, from the very first GTI Festival events in the late 1980s, the shows have attracted hordes of Volkswagen enthusiasts to several different venues around the UK. The GTI Festival and ‘Inters’ were for a decade or more, just about the only specialist water cooled VW events of the year. Now, we have a busy ‘calendar’. The 2011 GTI Festival is moving its date to the end of that busy calendar, to establish a ‘Final Fling’ season finale, before the time comes to put cars away for the close season, or pull them apart for mods or winter rebuilds.

The GTI Festival – ‘Season Finale’ is for enthusiasts of all VAG marques, SEAT, Skoda, Audi and of course Volkswagen. Now the Volkswagen Group includes Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti too, but the closest we will probably come to seeing any of those will be Bentley rims shoehorned under late Golf arches!

The GTI Festival is a show where all VAG vehicles are welcome with open arms. All clubs are invited to display during the day, and after a very well received revamp of the show layout in 2010, the clubs area is now easily able to accommodate the 40+ clubs who regularly attend the event. If you want your club to be part of the show, you need to act fast. The earliest club bookings get pride of place, and we expect to see a huge number of clubs and registers represented, so get in early! To book club displays call 01279 725252 or email: [email protected].
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Jul 5 2011

Santa Pod to give away Newbie as part of Bug Jam 25 Celebrations!!!

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As part of their Bug Jam 25 celebrations, Santa Pod is giving away an awesome and unique Bug Jam branded VW New Beetle – and it’s free to enter!

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All you need to do is drop them an email to 25 AT bugjam.com with the answer to this simple question plus your name and a contact telephone number in that same email:

Q. What month does Bug Jam 25 take place in?

Answer: A=June, B=July, C=August

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May 16 2011

Tommy Johnson Junior to Race at the FIA ‘Main Event’ 2011. Overpowered and Over Here!

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THE MAIN EVENT
27th – 30th May 2011
Santa Pod Raceway,
Wellingborough,
Northants.
NN29 7XA
01234 782828 or [email protected]
www.santapod.com

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Santa Pod Raceway may be the home of European Drag racing, but it has also played host to some of America’s finest driving talent over the years. Adding to the list of greats that includes Don Garlitts and Melanie Troxel is Iowa-born quarter mile legend and NHRA superstar Tommy Johnson Jr., who has confirmed his attendance at this year’s FIA Main Event, between Friday the 27th to Monday 30th May, 2011. With this latest signing, no less than TWELVE Top Fuel cars will be running at the event, making it one of the most impressive line-ups ever to appear in Europe.

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Apr 7 2011

Big Bang Camper & Bus Advance Tickets Now On Sale

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BIG BANG CAMPER & BUS (VWDRC ROUND)
6th – 8th May 2011
Santa Pod Raceway,
Wellingborough,
Northants.
NN29 7XA
01234 782828 or [email protected]

www.big-bang.co.uk

Big Bang Camper and Bus marks the start to the Vee Dub season at Santa Pod Raceway, and it’s just about the best excuse needed to get your beloved machine out of hibernation and take it on an early summer holiday for a weekend of camping, racing, show cars, music, comedy and much, much, more besides.

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Starting on track, the famous Santa Pod drag strip is open to the general public for Run What Ya Brung, with the competition classes staying due to popular demand. You will also be able to watch several hot Bugs that have made the trip from mainland Europe to compete against our home-grown RWYB’ers.

The track will also host racing from the VWDRC Pro and Sportsman classes, along with guest classes Super Modified, Outlaw Anglia, 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, Sportsman ET, Junior Dragster and new-for-2011 Junior Drag Bike. The track is also the place to spot the now legendary Fireforce Jet Car.

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The drag strip also features Human Powered Racing on Saturday lunchtime, so please make sure you remember to bring a bike, skateboard, kite-board etc. whatever you think can win an engine-less half-mile race!

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The massive and ever-popular Sunday Show and Shine is once again supported by a Rust and Rat show on the Saturday. The Rust and Rat Show proved so popular last year, extra trophies have been added in recognition of the excellent cars on display.

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Apr 5 2011

Easter Thunderball at Santa Pod Raceway

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EASTER THUNDERBALL (VWDRC ROUND)
22nd – 25th April 2011
Santa Pod Raceway,
Wellingborough,
Northants.
NN29 7XA
01234 782828 or [email protected]

www.santapod.com

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Santa Pod Raceway Presents The Auto Trader Easter Thunderball 2011. Eggsellent Fun!

Santa Pod Raceway, the home of European Drag Racing has provided the perfect
solution to entertaining yourself – and the whole family – for the entire
Easter weekend; The Easter Thunderball! The 2011 Event looks set to be the
best one yet, with the largest Pro Fuel shoot-out ever assembled for this
popular show.

From the 22nd to the 25th of April 2011, Santa Pod will rock the surrounding
Northamptonshire countryside with an unashamed spectacle of incredible
racing, stunt shows, the best of Europe’s automotive entertainers and Top UK
celebrities.

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Mar 22 2011

GTI SPRING FESTIVAL – Sunday 3rd April – Santa Pod Raceway

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GTI SPRING FESTIVAL
Sunday 3rd April
Santa Pod Raceway,
Wellingborough,
Northants. NN29 7XA

01279 72 52 52 or
[email protected]
www.vwaction.co.uk

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Over the years, from the very first GTI Festival events in the late 1980s, the shows have attracted hordes of Volkswagen enthusiasts to several different venues around the UK. The GTI Festival and ‘Inters’�� were for a decade or more, just about the only specialist watercooled VW events of the year. Now, we have a busy show calendar.

The GTI Spring Festival is now established as the real ‘season opener’��, and THE one day show for all enthusiasts of all VAG marques, SEAT, Skoda, Audi and of course Volkswagen. And now the Volkswagen Group includes Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti too! The GTI Spring Festival, is a show where all VAG vehicles are welcome with open arms. All clubs are invited to display during the day, and after a very well received revamp of the show layout, the clubs area is now able to accommodate in excess of the 40 clubs who regularly attend the event. If you want your club to be part of the show, you need to act fast. The earliest club bookings get pride of place, and we expect to see a huge number of clubs and registers represented, so please get in early! To book club displays call 01279 725252 or email us.

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Show & Shine

The GTI Spring Festival Show & Shine has a massive number of awards including Best Audi, Best Skoda, Best SEAT, and Best VW, Best Engineering, Best Paint, Best Engine, Best Van and many more. There are also ‘top twenty’ trophies covering all the marques, and full details are available via the SPRINGfest ‘Show & Shine’ link.

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Mar 3 2011

Euro Racers at Big Bang/VW Camper & Bus Show

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BIG BANG inc.CAMPER & BUS SHOW (VWDRC ROUND)
6th – 8th MAY 2011
Santa Pod Raceway
Wellingborough
Northants. NN29 7XA
01234 782828 or [email protected]

www.big-bang.co.uk

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Santa Pod Raceway and Brian Burrows are pleased to announce that they are STILL adding new and exciting attractions to the Big Bang/Camper & Bus Show on the 6th- 8th May 2011. Courtesy of the Kaag Kevers VW Club they have not one, but SEVEN of Belgium and Holland’s quickest VWs coming along to spice up the RWYB competition. These cars include 1303s, Ovals and the Paranoia Beetle race car which was last seen pulling huge wheelies and charging up the track at VW Action 2010.

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Oct 29 2010

Santa (Pod) is comin’ to town – Xmas gifts and discounts on 2011 events

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GIVE THE GIFT OF ‘POD FOR CHRISTMAS – AND GET 20% OFF 2011 EVENT TICKETS!!

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Santa Pod, the home of European drag racing has literally just saved Christmas for petrolheads everywhere, with their seasonally cheering ticket offers and superbly stocked online ‘Pod Shop.

The FIA-approved venue is offering enthusiasts the chance to buy any tickets for 2011 online, before the 31st January 2011, and benefit from an ‘Early Bird’ discount of a whopping 20%. Best of all, that’s off ANY show you care to visit, even the headline FIA/UEM Top Fuel and capacity-filled ‘lifestyle’ events like USC or Bug Jam qualify, as long as the tickets are purchased before the end of January. The only shows not covered are DWYB days, RWYB days and Third Party events (like VW Action, GTI Festival etc.)

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As the perfect Christmas gift for any motorsport or car enthusiast, day ticket prices for certain events start at under a tenner, so rather than giving socks, chocolates or some CD that will never be listened to, why not give them something that they’ll actually enjoy? With Santa Pod’s show content aimed squarely at a good old-fashioned family day out, why not get a few and take the whole clan out for the day? Better still, get a weekend ticket, (where appropriate) and avail yourselves of the free camping and facilities on site.

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If you’re still stuck for the perfect gift, simply click to www.santapod.com and then the ‘Pod Shop’ tab to reveal a huge range of toys, books, DVDs, stickers, and even clothing. If that doesn’t inspire you, why not buy a gift voucher? – valid for all of the above – and let the lucky recipient decide for themselves? With stickers starting at just 50p and gift vouchers available in £10 denominations, there’s something to suit every budget and taste.

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So take it from us, don’t settle for Granny’s socks this Christmas. Drop decidedly unsubtle hints and get something that you actually want to open this year.

For more information, please click www.santapod.com or call the team on 01234 782828


MERRY XMAS!


Oct 23 2010

Shelley Pearson to race (Top Fuel) at Flame & Thunder 2010

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FLAME & THUNDER
Saturday 30th October 2010
Santa Pod Raceway – NN29 7XA
01234 782828

www.santapod.com

SHELLEY PEARSON TO RACE TOP FUEL AT FLAME & THUNDER

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Santa Pod’s local ‘golden girl’ Shelley Pearson has confirmed today that she will race at the ‘Flame & Thunder’ event at the FIA venue on Saturday the 30th of October, 2010. The 27 year-old Northamptonshire racer recently joined the ranks of the Top Fuel elite, securing her licence with a show-stopping 4.98 second pass, instantly catapulting her into the record books as the fastest female driver in the UK and the second ever fastest licence run in Europe.

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Clearly elated with her time, Shelley was quick to praise her supporting cast and thank them all for their efforts. ‘I’m delighted for everyone in the team that we got such a great final run,’ she said. ‘Obviously drag racing is in the family DNA, so I’m really pleased to return all the hard work that my Dad and our team have put in to get us here. I’ll try and back that performance up at Flame and Thunder – and if it’s at all possible, I’ll try and run even quicker!’

Shelley’s 8,000 horsepower Top Fuel dragster will also be joined by a Nitro-fuelled Funny Car, and they will both be firing off exhibition passes throughout the day, as well as the World’s fastest Jet-powered race cars. These brave souls strap themselves to over 10,000 horsepower of afterburning jet engine to cover the quarter mile in just over 5 seconds, at a shade under 300mph. Not for the faint hearted!

It’s not all drag racing however. An incredibly diverse range of acts and attractions means that throughout the day, a non-stop mix of action and amusement showcases some of the most prodigious talent and potent machinery ever to be gathered in one place.

Equally impressive and almost as loud is the Live Action Arena where the car-crushing talents of Santa Pod’s resident Monster Truck, Podzilla vies for attention alongside multiple Guinness World Record holder Terry Grant and his incredible stunt show. Mix in UKFMX, Britain’s best Freestyle Motocross team and leading quad bike showman Jason Smythe – and you’ve got the ingredients for a superb show.

Music fans will delight at the headline signing of ‘Here Comes The Girls!’. This superb tribute act tips its hat at acts like Lady Gaga, Cheryl Cole and The Saturdays. As easy on the eye as they are on the ear, this is one superb show that ticks all the boxes for fans of all ages. One for the ladies, James Sutton, better known as Ryan from Emmerdale, will also be at the show, meeting his fans and signing autographs.

From the sublime – to the ridiculous, ace car builder Perry Watkins will also be showcasing ‘The Flatmobile’ the World’s lowest car – and ‘Wind Up’ the World’s smallest vehicle. His 130 mph table and chairs, better known as ‘Fast Food’ will also be gracing the strip. Titan, the amazing 8 foot tall interactive robot will be walking amongst the crowd, delighting and terrifying in equal measure. The Black Knights Parachute Display Team will also be quite literally ‘dropping in’ later in the day with their unique display of skill and control, and if that wasn’t enough, Mark Jefferies will be putting on a stunning aerobatic display.

But there’s still more!, Drifting demos, Kids Entertainers and even a full funfair. Or why not take a pleasure flight in a helicopter and see the whole lot from the air? Or strap yourself into a genuine 2 seater dragster and blast up the quarter mile in a shade over 7 seconds!

But of course, it wouldn’t be Flame & Thunder without a spectacular firework display and huge bonfire – and this year, the Santa Pod team has really pulled out the stops to create a memorable evening. As the light dims, a fully sequenced firework display will delight the crowd.

With under 16s getting in for free, advance tickets starting at just £17 and more acts and attractions in one day than most show goers see in a whole year, it’s the essential family day out of 2010! Just don’t forget your hat and coat!

For more details please click to www.santapod.com or call the team on 01234 782828.


Oct 12 2010

VW Action 2010 – The Book!

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Nick Grant has teamed up with Julian Robinson to bring you VW Action 2010 – The Book! All profits from this are going to Brads Cancer Foundation, so you can have a fantastic memento from the VW Action 2010 show and help a good cause at the same time. There are loads of Volkszoners and their cars in the book.

SEE A SAMPLE OF THE BOOK AND ORDER HERE.

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The Book
80 pages featuring over 100 photos from the VW Action 2010. Seven inch square with a choice of covers. A preview of the first 15 pages of the book is available through Blurb (please click link above.) All profits (£2 per book) will be donated to Brad’s Cancer Foundation, all other charges go to Blurb for printing and shipping.

The Charity
Brad’s Cancer Foundation provide equipment specifically for the care of teenagers with cancer in the East Midlands. Supporting the development of a Teenage Cancer Unit, through the Teenage Cancer Trust and to provide help and support to teenagers with cancer and their families to relieve the stress and hardship during a difficult time
www.brads.org.uk

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The Show
VW Action is the longest running VW Show in the UK, and has in one form or another been the true ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of UK VW events, from its early days at Stoneleigh, the NAS Stoneleigh shows, the period of its residency at Peterborough, at Herts County Showground, and now at Santa Pod. The last three years at ‘The Pod’ have produced quite exceptional shows, and 2010 continued the great tradition of VW Action delivering the absolute best event for the true VW enthusiast. VW Action is a show to which people are happy to bring their young family members, and yet which provides full on entertainment for all of its visitors, whatever their age or interests. Every year Action has a theme, and this year was an early Christmas Party.
www.vwaction.com

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The Photographers
Nick Grant has been working with car magazines such as Custom Car, Ultra VW, Classic American and Milkcow for a number of years. His candid shooting style captures the atmosphere of the event perfectly.
www.grantgb.com

Julian Robinson is the first person you think of when you want to see photos of any VW show. He been taking digital pictures at VW Shows and Drag Race meetings around the UK and further a field for the last 10 years and has over 50,000 photos online. Documenting the VW scene, not just taking pictures.
www.vwbug.co.uk

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