Santa Pod to unveil classic drag racer at NEC

British dragstrip Santa Pod Raceway has added another drag racer to its collection and will showcase it next month at the NEC Classic Motor Show

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Santa Pod Raceway, Britain’s international drag racing venue, has its own collection of drag racers, and the latest addition to its historic collection will be unveiled next month at the Classic Motor Show at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre on November 9-11.

Roarin’ Rat is based on a 1957 Chevrolet, and was transformed into a high-riding, supercharged, ‘rat’-motored (big-block Chevrolet V8) dragstrip demon in 1978.

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In the four decades since it has been a cover star of Custom Car magazine, appeared at this year’s Goodwood Revival as part of the NSRA ‘Gasser Circus’ display, and of course been a regular on drag strips. Over the quarter mile it has been able to do low-10 second runs at 130mph.

Since 1978 it has been through a number of different owners, before arriving in the UK after being purchased for Santa Pod’s soon to be completed museum project. It will first be seen at the NEC though, on Santa Pad’s own stand.

Alongside it will be a contemporary vehicle - Martin Hill’s FireForce 5 Jet Dragster, which currently competes in European events. Off the start it usually leaves a line of flame, and can do a quarter mile run in a scorching time of 5.22 seconds (302mph).

Visitors to the NEC will not only be able to see the car’s Pratt & Whitney J60 jet engine up close, but can also be chat to the driver and team who run the high-performance vehicle.

At the same time, Santa Pod will unveil its full 2019 calendar of events, which is highlighted by the FIA/FIM European Dragracing Championship events.

There are also 50 smaller scale events, which cater for classic vehicles, as well as festivals, modified car shows and enthusiast weekends. Classic Motor Show visitors will find the Santa Pod team, and the Roarin’ Rat, at Stand 660 in Hall 2.

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