Park Inn by Radisson Northampton

Silver Street Northamptonshire NN1 2TA Northampton United Kingdom +44 1604 739 988

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Santa Pod

The origins of drag racing stem from 1920s USA, but have since spread across the globe. Santa Pod is Europe's leading drag racing track and is definitely worth your time if racing is your passion.

Sporting origins

The sport began during prohibition when alcohol was unavailable. Instead, people turned their efforts to their cars, making the as fast and powerful as they could. They then took to the main drag of any town or city to race. Over time, these races were moved from main roads and instead disused airstrips became the ideal spot to race. In the 60s, the sport also became popular in the UK and the disused Podington airfield was converted into the optimal racetrack.

The main event

In May, the highlight of the year takes place at Santa Pod. The FIA/FIM European Championships attracts over 250 European teams all fuelled up for days of unforgettable racing. The event includes 17 classes of cars and bikes. It is fun for the whole family and includes displays such as Monster Trucks and Freestyle motorcycle tricks. Off-road, there are air displays, a funfair, Crazy Golf and much more to entertain you.

Bring your own car

If your adrenaline is not pumping enough from watching the races, then do not fear. Choose the right package for you and get behind the wheel. Pick the '2 Seater Dragster Rides' and you will quickly find yourself accelerating to an incredible 170 mph. The children don't have to miss out either. Kids aged between eight and 17 years old can also join in the fun in their very own Junior Dragster. Ever wondered what the full performance of your car or motorbike is? Bring your vehicle of choice to Santa Pod and test it to its limits in a safe environment with the 'Run What Ya Brung' ticket.

The Santa Pod race circuit is easily reached just 28 km from the Park Inn by Radisson Northampton and is the ideal destination for a day out with the family or your travel companions.