“I love the smell of nitro in the morning!” Ok so not quite the quote from ‘Apocalypse Now’. I have been coming to the ‘Pod’ for forty years now and still get that tingle of excitement as we wend our way along the narrow, twisty road, through the pretty well-to-do villages of Wymington and Poddington. Take a left at the crossroads onto Airfield Road and you are almost there. Santa Pod is the last purpose built drag strip remaining in Gt Britain and has changed massively over the years but still has that ‘feel’ of the past (thankfully proper toilets now!). The strip is built on what was the world war two runway of the American 92nd Bomb Group, and there are memorials to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The hot rod revolution really took off after the war with young service men looking for new thrills, so maybe the spirits smile down on our ‘playground’? It always seems a happy place.
Sunday the 21st and the first event of the season the Festival of Power. Not just the first rounds of the sportsman classes but also exhibition runs by three Top Fuel dragsters. Then there was no fewer than eight jets and the amazing rocket bike of Eric Teboul. Wall to wall sunshine, temps in the 70’sf and the lightest of breezes, the action on the track was even hotter.
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