Santa Pod announces 2021 season schedule

Monday 18 January 2021

Santa Pod Raceway is looking forward to  its 2021 season with events scheduled for later this year. The calendar will embrace the usual array of championship drag races, modified car shows, specialist and family events, together with public track days (Run What Ya Brung).

In a normal year, 400,000 people pass through Santa Pod’s gates to attend more than 75 events. 2020’s planned programme was halted abruptly by the pandemic’s arrival.

From July 2020, however, Santa Pod began staging reduced-scale events and developed COVID-safe protocols which allowed spectators to attend in limited, socially-distanced numbers under strict local authority supervision. Supported by this experience, Santa Pod offers a 2021 programme of events for drag racing competitors and fans.

Santa Pod’s CEO, Keith Bartlett, said: “Last summer, Santa Pod worked hard to become a truly Covid-secure venue and successfully operated many events throughout the continuous changes in government guidelines. Despite spiralling costs, Santa Pod offered a full action programme on and around the track. Grandstand viewing, show-car displays, catering and trade stands, and even our popular camping provision, were all executed in an approved, Covid-secure manner. This year we are pushing ahead with a full season of events and adding some new ones too.”

2021 highlights will include the opening and closing rounds of the FIA/FIM European Drag Racing Championships, in May and September, and national championship rounds throughout the season. STP Oil & Fuel Additives returns to Santa Pod to present the STP Sportsman Series, comprising four of the national championship rounds. July’s Dragstalgia will headline a trio of historic ‘Nostalgia’ drag races.

At all times, Santa Pod will observe current and relevant COVID restrictions and regulations to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all in attendance.


Santa Pod 2021 Calendar

Championship drag races:

2-4 Apr: Festival of Power (Rnd.1, Motorsport UK and national championships)

28-31 May:  The Main Event (Rnd.1, FIA/FIM European Championships)

9-12 Sep: FIA/FIM European Finals


STP Sportsman Series:

24-25 Apr:    STP Springspeed Nationals

17-18 Jul:      STP Summer Nationals

21-22 Aug:    STP Greenlight Nationals

25-26 Sep:    STP National Finals


‘Nostalgia’ drag races:

7-9 May:       NSRA Nostalgia Nationals

9-11 Jul:        Dragstalgia

17-19 Sep:    NSRA Hot Rod Drags


The full event calendar and comprehensive information about Santa Pod are available at

Images used for this article were taken before 2020.