Santa Pod Raceway

With Run What Ya Brung on Saturday 16th June 2018

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

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 9am 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

Show n Shine

Evening Entertainment & Live Stage

Fuelers Bar will be open all weekend with evening entertainment on Saturday night. There will also be free retro themed music* and entertainment on the Live Stage on Sunday.

*As part of your Sporting Event entrance only.

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.

Handling CircuitAutotest
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.

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.

Drift What Ya BrungDrag Demos

There will be Drag Racing action on track with demo runs by retro cars from various National Championship Drag Racing classes.

Jet Dragster

Fireforce 5 Jet Dragster

Nothing compares to the sight and sound of a Jet Dragster thundering down the strip, so make sure you don’t miss it!


VW ShootoutVW Aircooled Street Car Shootout

A race for street legal aircooled cars, must complete a 25mile cruise on Saturday and then race sunday.
Class 1: Full street trim, tread tyres, pump fuel and no open exhausts.
Class 2: Race fuel, slicks and open exhausts allowed during racing at track.

Nostalgia Pro Stock BikeNostalgia Pro Stock Bike

Based on historic ACU pro stock rules. The class is for pre-1980 bikes with stock appearance, 7” tyres, carbs and stock main chassis.

Drift What Ya Brung

Cool Flo BMX Ramp

Cool Flo will be bringing their skate ramp to Retro Show along with their team of Pro riders who will be putting on demonstration shows. The ramp will also be open for public sessions.

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.

EnginesHistoric Aero Engines
Historic Aero Engines will demonstrate their iconic engines which saw wartime service, a Rolls-Royce Merlin MkXX and a Bristol Hercules Mk216.

Fun Fair RidesFun Fair Rides

All the fun of the fair with dodgems, waltzers, arcades, candy floss and sideshows.

Trade VillageTraders

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

Cars for Sale Paddock

If you’ve got a car you want to sell, park it up in the Cars For Sale Paddock, stick your phone number on the dashboard, and wait for the calls to come flooding in. Whether you’re buying, selling or browsing, this is the best way to shift cars at the show. And the best bit.? It’s FREE for both buyers and sellers!

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.

Facebook Gallery

View photos from last year’s Retro Show on the Facebook Gallery.

triumph fest
Show n shine

All retro cars welcome at Retro Show

So expect to see:

  • Audis (Quattro, 100)
  • BMWs (E30)
  • BSA bikes
  • Citroens (2CV, DS)
  • Fiat (500 etc)
  • Fords (Capri, Escort, Fiesta, Cortina)
  • Hillmans (Avenger, Imp)
  • Harley Davidson
  • Honda (S800, CB750)
  • Jaguars (MK2, E-Type)
  • Kawasaki (KH750, KR1S)
  • Lancias (Beta, Y10)
  • Mercedes
  • MGs (MGB)
  • Minis
  • Peugeots (205)
  • Porsches (911, 959)
  • Renaults (5)
  • Royal Enfield bikes
  • Scooters (Vespa, Lambretta)
  • SAAB (96)
  • Triumphs (Bonneville, Tiger, TR7, Dolomite)
  • Vauxhalls (Opels, Manta, Astra)
  • Volvo (P1800)
  • VWs (Golf, Beetle, Camper)
  • Yamaha (RD350, F1ZY)
  • and anything else retro!


Retro trucks and tractors are also welcome as well as modern retro cars, retro style cars and bikes inc:

  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • New Dodge Charger
  • New Fiat 500
  • Nissan Figaro
  • New Mini
  • Moto Guzzi V7
  • PT Criuser
  • Triumph Bonneville T100
  • New VW Beetle

Big Power isn’t essential, the drag strip and handling track are suitable for all types of vehicle. If you don’t have a retro vehicle then get in the retro spirit with Space Hoppers, Pogo Sticks, Skateboards, Raleigh Choppers, or Roller Skates.

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Mailing List
Fill out your e-mail address on the Newsletter page to receive the Santa Pod Email News Letter and you will also be entered into a monthly prize draw to win a £50 Santa Pod Raceway gift voucher.

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.