Santa Pod Raceway, located in Podington, Bedfordshire, England, is Europe's first permanent drag racing venue. It was built on a disused Second World War air base, (RAF Podington), once used by the 92nd Bomber Group. The drag racing venue opened at Easter in 1966, and it is now the home of European drag racing and has grown substantially over its 51-year existence. It hosts both the first and last round of the FIA and FIM/UEM European Drag Racing Championship, along with the British National Drag Racing Championships.Add Santa Pod Raceway and other attractions to your Wellingborough trip itinerary using our Wellingborough tour planner.
It is leased and operated by Trakbak Racing which is based in London. Santa Pod regularly takes its promotional units to major events in motor sport.
Santa Pod is the venue in which the current world drag racing record, a time of 3.58 seconds at 386.26 mph (621.61 km/h) was set by Sammy Miller in his Vanishing Point rocket-propelled funny car in July 1984. Another record has also been set at Santa Pod, the world's fastest jet car (notably Santa Pod's "resident") Fireforce 3 piloted by Martin Hill broke the record in Easter 2005 with a terminal speed of 336.10 mph (540.88 km/h). Several other European drag racing records have been set along with records unsurpassed outside the United States. In May 2010 Top Fuel dragster driver Urs Erbacher set a class speed record with a terminal speed of 314.87 mph reached in less than 5 seconds. At the same race meeting Eric Teboul set a time of 5.23 seconds at 249 mph on his Hydrogen Peroxide Rocket Bike, which he further improved to 5.19 seconds at the European championships in September 2010.
Santa Pod Raceway Reviews
My first time coming to experience SantaPod. Bought £10 ticket and paid an additional £10 as a passenger but couldn’t use it due to weather condition, it started to rain and they have shut the racing.... more »
I booked for a motor show and it was cancelled it was re booked for the following week but we couldn’t make it we were told a full refund as it was cancelled by the venue but then we were told we... more »
Fantastic venue. I have been going regularly for many years. Facilities are very good. Food stalls are good but expensive. Live music in the bar is great . Camping if you stay for the weekend is good also. Top notch racing as Always. Great place for petrol heads.
Great venue, great for camping for the weekend amazing atmosphere. Just one gripe though, as a wheelchair user they have got reasonably good facilities. But they still have alot more to do, including proper easy access slopes for wheelchairs. Also more disabled friendly viewing area, that doesn't feel like you are caged in with restricted viewing. Nearly there just not quite!
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