Retro Show 2019
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Retro Show 2019 Report
The Retro Show 2019 transported us back to a bygone era with vintage vehicles and retro renegades in abundance; we saw a varied and diverse mix of machinery from the show paddock, to the club displays and out on the famous quarter mile. The weather couldn’t seem to make up its mind this weekend; when the sun did decide to make an appearance and the clouds parted, racing was as well under way. We hope you had a fantastic day here with us at Santa Pod Raceway!
Our first trophy of the day went to Kevin Swam, completing the Autotest Handling Track in an impressive 38.13 seconds with his Ford Escort; with tough competition from an Austin Mini and kit car, Kevin held the Retro Show title for the second year in a row - well done!
The drift arena was busy all day hosting The Retro Drifting Challenge, Round 3 where we witnessed the UK’s top retro drifters put on a sideways driving, tyre smoking, rubber burning extravaganza. Congratulations to winner Mark Chapman and all who competed:
1st: Mark Chapman - BMW E30
2nd: Aru Nas - BMW E30
3rd: Egis Min - Nissan 300zx
Over in the show paddock, the judges had a tough time deciding the winners with deliberations continuing right up to the presentations! We salute all of you who entered – you did us proud with top machinery throughout. After many turns around the paddock, the winners were as follows:
Best Engine: Alan Williams – Red 1988 Ford Escort Estate Mk4 – Daily driver from new – retro fittings.
Best Pre-70s: Shelby Webster – Cream 1960 Ford 100e Popular Deluxe – 2L Zetec with bike carbs. Period BDA rocker covers and matching sump. Escort rack & pinion steering. 15” wheels and disc brakes all round. Built not bought.
Best 70s: Rod Martin – Blue 1972 Jaguar C Type – Hand built by owner over a number of years. Travelled to La Mans and Spa Classic.
Best 80-95: Sam Hopkins - Cream 1992 VW Caddy Mk1 – Originally a caddy sport 1.8 (8 valve) All OEM glass. Rear disc conversion. Custom engine bay and exhaust and just about everything!
The Run What Ya Brung sessions saw a varied and vibrant mix of retro vehicles hitting the dragstrip with some very impressive ET’s.
The results of the RWYB competition were as follows:
Supercharged Outlaws, Gasser Circus and Nostalgia Pro Stock Bike were out in force on the quarter mile; with an eclectic mix of cars; we witnessed some great racing with smokey burnouts and passes well into the 8 second zone!
Cameras at the ready! The flame and thunder party on track saw american beauty Oklahoma Willy – The VW Jet Pick Up dazzle the crowds with a run of 11.19 @ 144.89mph, followed by jet car legend Martin Hill in FireForce 5 – The Jet Dragster, tearing up the raceway in a mind blowing 5.38secs @ 288.69mph!
Over in The Cool Flo Arena lived up to their name and pulled out all the stops keeping the crowds entertained with their team of outstanding pro riders performing jaw-dropping stunts throughout the day. New for 2019, Cool Flo were joined by Slippers the Split DJ Bus with their resident DJs playing some banging retro beats. Historic Aero Engines took us back in time with an awesome demonstration of their iconic Rolls-Royce Merlin engines. For those of you who made a weekend of it, Saturday night in Fueler’s Bar saw Rockabilly band, The Straight Aces take to the stage keeping us rockin ‘n’ rollin
We were delighted to welcome KitFest to Retro Show and Santa Pod for the first time; North West Kit Car Owners Club and Complete Kit Car Magazine hosted a brand-new show for all you kit car owners and enthusiasts out there; we hope you enjoyed their vibrant and varied congregation of makes and models both in their show area and down the quarter mile.
As always, we would like to say a huge thank you to all the clubs who have booked in for this year’s Retro Show; your continued support at Santa Pod is greatly appreciated.
We would like to thank everyone who attended Retro Show and from all the Santa Pod team, we hope you had a great day, to all you dads out there – we hope you had a Happy Father’s Day! See you next year!