EVENT: Ultimate Street Car Pt1 – Santa Pod Raceway

Posted: August 9, 2010 in Modified car Events
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Garage Awesome spent the weekend in a field, in a tent, surrounded by a whole host of different show cars, thousands of hyped up petrolheads, a million wasps, guys dressed as girls, and girls dressed in next to nothing! Throw in some temperamental weather and some of the quickest standing quarter miles and it won’t take long to work out that we spent the weekend at Santa Pod for Ultimate Street Car!

Anyone who hasn’t been to Ultimate Street Car or “USC” really is missing out. It’s such an experience in every sense, with so much packed into one weekend; it has earned itself a reputation as the biggest modified car festival in the UK.

For the first weekend in August, Santa Pod Raceway opens its gates to thousands of modified car fans, cars loaded with beer, tents and in some cases fancy dress, for 3 days of full-on action with an immense amount of things to see or get involved in, or to chill out, camp with your mates and check out the fastest cars on the track, or the stunning cars in the Show and Shine arena.

Vauxhall Nova Saloon

USC is primarily a chance for you to test your car’s performance over a standing quarter mile section of tarmac. Santa Pod has some of the most experienced staff, and professional and accurate timing gear you’re likely to find here in the UK. Run What Ya Brung or “RWYB” is a familiar term to most, and if not, the concept is simple; turn up, Pay £20 race your car over a 1/4 mile, get a printout of your time and stats, then brag or get mocked by all your mates as to how fast or slow your car is! Not got a 700bhp Skyline or a stripped out hot-hatch? No worries, you can go down in your Nan’s Rover 25 providing you have your driving licence and the car isn’t dangerous, but remember, if you’re expecting to get to the end in a car capable of over 110mph within that space, you’re gonna need your helmet too!

With RWYB action happening all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, USC provides loads of time for you to be able to get out there and test your car, and the USC goers made every use of that, with the track busy at all times, they even ran for an extra hour Saturday night, providing everyone with 11 hours of track action!

We watched a whole variety of cars make their way down the track, some very, very impressive cars, and some… not so! A lot of the really quick cars seemed to be in the form of Peugeot 205 and 306’s from tuners; Pug Performance and Pug 1 Off, with at least a couple of 205’s down into the 12’s. Vauxhall Novas and Corsas were also going strong, with well established transplants from the bigger Cavaliers and Calibras being commonplace, the C20XE and C20LET powered hot hatches were again knocking out 12 and 13 second quarter mile times, often embarrassing some bigger, more powerful machinery.

Other vehicles that ran included; big V8 American vans, an insane motorbike powered, 3 wheel, Bond Bug, some classic Mk1 and 2 Escorts, Nissan Skylines and GTR’s, a fairly disappointing Audi R8 and the Pod goer’s favourites the Mitsubishi Evos, Subaru Imprezas and Sierra Cosworths.


Away from the main 1/4 mile were 2 other areas of action! The main action arena played host to Podzilla, Santa Pod’s in-house monster truck, stunt shows and the freestyle motocross guys who would occasionally appear over the top of the banking, pulling off mental tricks and drawing a big crowd! That arena at night turned into a stage for the Flame Out competition, which we did cover, but in all honesty it was total pants, with 3 cars turning up, all with spark plugs rammed in the exhausts, bar one, who had his mate and a fag lighter! Fortunately, all was not lost, as BritishMods came to the rescue, as we walked past on our way ‘home’ they had lined up 3 big-power Skylines, with some of the guys on lookout, a proper, monster flame out competition began with awesome results. Well done, top work guys at www.britishmods.com

After the cars had cooled and the keys hung up for the night, the main part of USC’s popularity became apparent, that is the massive nightlife it has to offer. Two stages running live shows, stupid games and guest artists and DJ’s including for 2010; Roll Deep, DJ Luck and MC Neat and modified car show regular Richie Don kept the crowds happy even when the weather turned bad on the Saturday night. It almost goes without saying that no USC nightlife would be complete without the ladies, and the Fuel Girls and Max Power babe squad didn’t fail to disappoint.

Jet Car

Returning to the track and to end part one of our USC Highlight reports, is a legend of Santa Pod, one that, no matter how many times you see it, it’s still impressive… FireForce!

For those who don’t know, and I’m pretty sure there can’t be many of you, FireForce is a Jet Funny Car, a lightweight frame with a Fibreglass bodyshell draped over the top, all powered by a Skycrane Helicopter Jet Engine producing thrust with the equivalent of 10,000 BHP!!!

The noise this thing creates is insane, as soon as it starts up, everyone flocks to find the best vantage point they can to see it go, and go it does, running the 1/4 mile in less than 6 seconds at over 300MPH! Driver Martin Hill must have some serious skill, and balls to pilot of such a savage machine.

So, that covers USC Part 1, we just couldn’t fit it all into 1 report so expect the second part very soon, including the best from the Show and Shine, Drifters and the European Sports Compact series, only from Garage Awesome.

Pic Credits – Ollie Novell

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  2. Team GTR says:

    Great turn out, although the weather did try to mess it up by somewhat.

    One of the Skylines in the private Flame Out Comp was the Team GTR skyline. British Mod guys are a cool bunch and we were all pretty disappointed with the 3 cars which entered the official flame out comp so decided to hold our own.

    Look forward to next years event!

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