Retro Car Show

Retro Show - SUSPENDED

Sunday 21st June 2020 at Santa Pod Raceway
Car Show With Run What Ya Brung on Saturday 20th June 2020

The Retro Show is a classic car and bike show with a difference: Unlike most car 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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Unfortunately Retro Show has been suspended. Therefore Ticket Holders will receive a full credit to your Santa Pod Ticket Shop account equal to exactly what you’ve already paid, which can be redeemed against any Santa Pod Raceway event within the next 24 months. This will be added to your account automatically. Contrary to our standard terms and conditions, this credit will be available for 24 months instead of the standard 12 AND include any booking and postage fees that you’ve paid.

We are operating with a reduced workforce like so many other businesses causing a significant delay in our normal administration processes but we will be in touch with all our visitors as soon as we have more information to share. We are also trying hard to instigate a few more bells and whistles on our ticketing platform to make some of the admin quicker and more efficient for us all. Bear with us, while we work through all the communications, enquiries and requests from our customers – we’re dealing with everything as quickly as possible but it’s not easy.

Rest assured that we will get around to you!

At Santa Pod Raceway the safety and welfare of racegoers and participants is paramount. Please view the latest information regarding how the situation is affecting events at Santa Pod Raceway on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

What's On At Retro Show

RWYBRetro RWYB (Run What Ya Brung)
Open to Pre-1995 Vehicles Only

No matter what type of retro ride you have, you can put it to the test down the world famous Santa Pod strip!

Sign-on costs £25 for the day and you can put in as many runs as you want. Make sure to bring along your driving licence. Trophies for quickest in class. Classes and more info on the RWYB page.

If you want maximum track time then come for the weekend as there is a RWYB on the Saturday with free camping for weekend ticket holders.

If you can't wait until Retro Show, visit for a full calendar of RWYB dates at Santa Pod Raceway.


Show n ShineAutoglym Show 'n' Shine
Open to Pre-1995 Vehicles Only

Restored, modified or original… if you've got a cool retro ride that you want to show off, get it out of the car park and into the Show 'n' Shine. It's FREE TO ENTER and open from 8am to register. Space is limited and the paddock fills up quickly so be sure to arrive early.

Trophies and Autoglym prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Autoglym prizes and trophies for:

  • Best of Show
  • Best Pre-70's
  • Best 70's
  • Best 80's to 95
  • Best Standard
  • Best Modified
  • Best Engine
  • Best 2-Wheeler
  • Judges Choice


Club DisplaysClub Displays / Camping

There will be a host of specialist and mixed clubs attending the show, with retro vehicles of all kinds filling the raceway, so make sure you don't miss out.

To book a club stand you will need at least ten vehicles, further details on the Clubs page.

Kit Fest


North West Kit Car Owners Club and Santa Pod Raceway have joined forces to host the second year of KitFest; a show dedicated for owners and enthusiasts of all makes and models of kit cars. From Tigers to Cobras, Lotus 7s to Caterhams, you’re sure to see them all as part of your Retro Show admission.

For more information please visit

Drift What Ya BrungDrag Racing

There will be Drag Racing action on track with cars from retro Drag Racing classes:

  • Supercharged Outlaws - Supercharged dragsters, altereds and door slammers
  • Gasser Circus - High riding gassers
  • Nostalgia Pro Stock Bike - Vintage bikes

Race Entries: Racers can enter and pay online at or by phone on 01234 782828.

Split SecondSplit Second
The Split Second Jet Dragster driven by Julian Webb will be hurtling down the strip. (All Days)

Retro Drifting

Retro Drifting

There will be displays of the sideways driving, tyre smoking art of drifting courtesy of top retro drifters from The Retro Drift Challenge.

Handling Circuit

Open to Pre-1995 Vehicles Only

Do you reckon you've got the skills and precision to get yourself round our handling circuit? Its not just about speed, it's about driving ability and keeping a cool head! Put your skills to the test and see how you and your car get on.

Details on the Autotest page.

Jet BusOklahoma Willy - The Jet Bus

This 1958 VW pick up spent most of her life on a farm in Oklahoma. Over the last 4 years the truck has undergone a total nut and bolt restoration and has been re-engineered to introduce modern components. The Rolls Royce Viper 535 jet engine is from a fighter jet with an afterburner added to produce a maximum power output of 5000 lbs of thrust which can be roughly translated to 5000 BHP.

BMX RampCool Flo BMX Ramp

Cool Flo will be bringing along their BMX / skate ramp and their team of outstanding Pro riders will be putting on demonstration shows. The ramp will also be open for public sessions so if you’re a competent rider and fancy a go, make sure you pay them a visit! (Helmets must be worn)

Cool Flo

Live StageLive Stage

There will be entertainment troughout the day from the Live Stage.

Straight Aces

Saturday Evening Entertainment*

For those of you making a weekend of it, Fuelers Bar will be open all weekend with live music on Saturday night.

*As part of your Sporting Event entrance only.


The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be flying over Santa Pod Raceway on Sunday at 3.06pm with a Hurricane.

Historic Aero EnginesHistoric Aero Engines

Historic Aero Engines are dedicated to the research, restoration and ground running of a collection of Rolls-Royce Merlin aero engines. This Retro Show, they will be demonstrating their iconic engines which saw wartime service, a Rolls-Royce Merlin MkXX and Bristol Hercules Mk216. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness their impressive and nostalgic demonstrations on Sunday.

Fun Fair RidesFun Fair Rides

All the fun of the fair with Dodgems, Waltzers, Arcades, Candy Floss and Sideshows.

New for 2020, get more fun for less with the new Token Bundles available from the Dodgems counter, tokens to be redeemed between the hours of 10am-4pm on Sunday only.

Get 30 funfair tokens for £25 OR 65 tokens for £50 and really keep the kids busy for hours! Each token counts as £1 when redeemed. (tokens are non-refundable)

Ride prices: Dodgems - £4, Waltzer - £3, Sizzler - £3, Trampolines - £3, Kiddies Rides - £3

Trade VillageTraders

There will be a wide variety of traders at the show, selling everthing from car parts and stickers to polish and magazines.

Bars & CaterersBars & Caterers

There are licensed bars and caterers on site selling food and drink to suit all tastes and there are cash machines in the Shops. View details.

Retro Show 2019 Gallery

View more photos from Retro Show on the Facebook Gallery.

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Police Presence

Please be aware that on the routes leading to Santa Pod Raceway, local Police will be carrying out Speed Enforcement Operations during the event and they will also be targeting other traffic offences in relation to Seat Belts, use of Mobile Phones and Illegal Number Plates etc.



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