Keith Bartlett – CEO Trakbak Racing Ltd – Statement 28/07/20
Following on from my last announcement regarding Santa Pod’s calendar of events for the month of August, we are now be able to announce further events for the month of September and some selected events in October.
As we made clear in our previous announcements, all events will of be held in keeping with all the current guidelines and restrictions around the COVID-19 virus. There have been changes and updates including the lifting of some restrictions since our last statement. From the middle of July, we have been able to invite spectator attendance along with camping.
Turning to the month of September the following events will be taking place.
The European Finals is to be cancelled in its current format (as there will now be no official FIA or FIM European Drag Racing Championship for 2020). We have therefore decided to replace this with our own event titled “NOT the European Finals!!” This will be held on the same date (11th/12th/13th September). The event will still feature Nitro-burning Top Fuel Dragsters, Nitro Funny Cars, Nostalgia Funny Cars, Pro Modified cars from the UK and Europe plus the Jet cars and fields of all the other classes normally seen at the European Finals. The numbers of cars may be reduced from a normal European Finals but still for those of you who enjoy your fix of Nitro, Jet Cars and the awesome Pro Modified there will be plenty of cars on show.
“NOT the European Finals” will form the middle event of the 3-race Drag Racing series for 2020 starting with the “STP Greenlight Nationals” (existing date of August 22nd/23rd) and the “STP National Finals” (existing date of Sept 26th/27th). We are delighted that we are now able to offer this series for both the racers and fans with a burst of Nitro action in 2020; and whilst it may “NOT” be the usual European Finals as such, it certainly WILL be a much missed dose of the top flight Nitro Drag Racing action that we all love, miss and deserve!!
We can also confirm that the “Hot Rod Drags” event will still take place on Sept 18th/20th offering yet more exciting nostalgia drag racing action for those who had to forego our flagship “Dragstalgia” event this month.
So, with Santa Pod’s recently announced “VW Breakout” weekend (Sept 4th-6th) replacing our partners’ traditional “VW Action” weekend, September is looking really good and we hope you can continue to support us through the Autumn period. Your generous actions with regard to ticket credits and not refund requests has enabled us to get this far and see some light at the end of the tunnel.
As a point of note, we will be cancelling the Jap Show Finale on the 4th October as this is replaced with our Jap Show Lite on Sun August 16th. However, we are currently intending to go ahead with the ‘Flame & Thunder’ event at the end of October and Firework Frenzy the week after.
So, in closing, I am feeling a little more confident that Santa Pod may at last be getting back on track and can now offer events not only for our racers to compete at, but for our loyal fans and spectators to finally enjoy once again – safely.
See you at the Track
CEO – Santa Pod Raceway
For clarity, our latest confirmed event schedule is as follows:
- Nostalgia Drags – 31st July / 2nd August
- Saturday Night Special – Saturday 8th August
- Ford Show LITE – Sunday 9th August
- RWYB – Saturday 15th August
- JapShow LITE – Sunday 16th August
- STP Greenlight Nationals – 22nd / 23rd August
- Saturday Night Special – Saturday 29th August
- Fast Show LITE – Sunday 30th August
- VW Breakout – 4th / 6th September
- “NOT” The European Finals –11th / 13th September
- Hot Rod Drags – 18th / 20th September
- STP National Finals – 26th / 27th September
- Flame & Thunder – Saturday 31st October
- RWYB – Sunday 1st November
- Firework Frenzy – Saturday 7th November
Event dates not mentioned here are still under review.
For details of all events, please visit www.santapod.com.