USC - Ultimate Street Car - SUSPENDED
Car Show on Fri 7th to Sun 9th August 2020
USC at Santa Pod Raceway is the Largest, Loudest, Hottest and Fastest, modified car festival in Europe featuring Run What Ya Brung public track time, Drag Racing, Music*, Club Camping, Traders, Show & Shine, Drifting, Stunts Displays, Jet Car and much more, it's the UK's most extreme Car Show.
USC SUSPENDED - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Unfortunately due to Coronavirus and in line with Government Guidelines we have been forced to suspend Ultimate Street Car.
Your existing tickets for USC, due to take place in 2020 will still be valid for the event which will now take place in 2021 – meaning you don’t need to take any further action to transfer your tickets – simply arrive at USC in 2021 with your existing tickets which will still be valid.
If you are unable to attend next year, please contact the Box Office on firstname.lastname@example.org with your order reference number to organize a FULL credit to your Santa Pod Ticket Shop account equal to exactly what you’ve already paid for your order. This will be added to your account and contrary to our standard terms and conditions, this credit can now be used within the next 24 months instead of the standard 12 AND include any booking and postage fees that you’ve paid!
We are operating with a reduced workforce like so many other businesses so please bear with us while we work through all the communications, enquiries and requests from our customers – we’re dealing with everything as quickly as possible but it’s not easy. Rest assured that we will get around to you!
At Santa Pod Raceway the safety and welfare of racegoers and participants is paramount. Please view the latest information regarding how the situation is affecting events at Santa Pod Raceway on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page. Thank you for your understanding during these very challenging circumstances.
Statement from Keith Bartlett - CEO Trakbak Racing Ltd - 27/06/20
Further to the recent statements we have released regarding Santa Pod Raceway and its events calendar for 2020, we are again updating you on our current situation.
After further Government Guidelines announcements and regarding the COVID-19 pandemic we have had to make some more hard decisions regarding our events calendar for the coming month of August.
Our biggest event in the month of August is USC (Ultimate Street Car). This event contains a large amount of festival type activities with dance tents music and stages etc. As this area of our business is prohibited from taking place by current government legislation, we feel that USC would not be able to go ahead in its normal format as it has done over the last two decades. We have decided that we do not wish to attempt to put on a lower level USC event without the essential parts of the music and entertainment being involved as that forms a big part of the event for its customers.
So, we have reluctantly made the decision to postpone the 2020 USC event into next year’s calendar on the same date. This decision is much the same as other event organizers and promoters where all major events and festivals have been moved to 2021. Another massive blow for us all.
We will be offering all of our advance ticket holders the opportunity to carry their tickets over onto the 2021 USC event or take a credit to the same value which can be used any time or event during the next 24 months.
We are now looking closely at the calendar of events for the whole month of August and beyond. Unfortunately, this also means that Das Auto Show, Monster Truck Nationals and the Junior Fun Day have also been suspended.
However, we believe we will be able to carry out some smaller specialized events and are working on ideas for worthwhile events for ALL of our fans, which is why we have the Greenlight Nationals event still “UNDER REVIEW”. At the same time, we are considering a new event to cater for the performance and modified car scene; this would include many of the cars that run at the USC event. Further information will be announced shortly.
As we have stated previously, we need every bit of support to be able to survive this crisis and to see us back in action in 2021. I would like to appeal to all of our customers with advance tickets - the best way of supporting Santa Pod and, in particular, the iconic USC event, is to roll your tickets over to next year. For that I would personally like to say a massive thank you in advance. Your support means that we can look forward to seeing you back soon and at USC in 2021 to have a great time by day and night!
CEO – Trakbak Racing Ltd
Music* (Fri & Sat)
USC hosts three music zones with top-name DJs, bands, amazing light shows, hot dancers and awesome tunes, so bring your mates, get a three-day ticket and have a party!
The first acts confirmed for USC 2020 are Devlin headlining the Main Stage on Friday night, Big Tobz and Yungen Saturday night, Squad Up host the Dance Tent on Saturday with Silent Disco in Fuelers Bar.
Further details on the Music page. Evening Music not included with Day Tickets.
Beat the queues on Friday with a Thursday Arrival Ticket, DJ Ace & DJ Swerve will be in Fuelers Bar. Fri/Sat/Sun Tickets are also required.
Autoglym Show & Shine (Sun)
The USC Show & Shine features the best show cars in the business. But there's room for you too! Anyone with a great car can enter, just turn up on the day.Prizes from Autoglym and trophies for winners.
Trophies Up For Grabs:
- Best of Show
- Best All Rounder
- Best Engine Bay
- Best Exterior
- Most Extreme
- Best Interior
- Best ICE
- Best Retro
- Judges Choice
Full details on the Show n Shine page.
Saturday Show Paddock (Sat)
No prizes, no judging. Just somewhere cool to park your car if you want it to be seen on Saturday. If your show car is deep on the campsite, then head on round on Saturday morning and park up in the Show Paddock for all to see. Please remove your car and park back in your camp area by 3pm.
Run What Ya Brung - RWYB
(Fri 9.30am - 8pm, Sat 9.45am - 8pm & Sun 9.45am - 5pm)
Get your car on the most famous quarter mile in Europe and race your mates! Prizes for fastest in class. £20 for 3 runs on the track, with full performance print-out. Track open all three days. Don't forget your driving licence if you want to join in!
Trophies for best in class. Full details on Clubs page
If you can't wait until USC, visit www.RWYB.com for a full calendar of RWYB dates at Santa Pod Raceway.
Some of the quickest Front Wheel Drive cars in the UK and Europe will be competing in a new style FWD Shootout at Ultimate Street Car including the 8 second Civic of Wendall Brand and 8 second FTO of Richard Batty.
- Prize Pot £7.2k!
- Entry Fees £200
Entries limited to 36 qualifying for a 32 car ladder.
USC Burnout Competition (Sat)
Torture your tyres for the crowd’s amusement in the gladiatorial-style burnout contest.
Full info on the Burn Out page.
Flame Out (Sat)
Saturday night at USC is "flame night" as the biggest flaming exhausts in the country compete to amaze and amuse the crowd with an awesome fire show!
More info on the Flame Out page.
Terry Grant Stunt Shows (Sat & Sun)
Car show legend Terry Grant will be here performing stunts and drifting his way around the arena throughout the weekend. Terry makes donuts, J turns, parallel turns and 2 wheel driving look easy which allows him to do things that have to be seen to be believed.
Jet Funny Car (Fri, Sat & Sun)
Martin Hill will be firing himself along the ¼ mile in the FireForce 3 Jet funny car. The car is pure insanity, it’s essentially a jet engine, normally destined for heavy duty aircraft, on wheels, with a seat for the driver. With 10,000bhp at the team’s disposal, we’ve come to expect 5 second ET’s from this machine and speeds of over 270mph. Prepare to feel the noise!
Car Football (Sun only)
Who doesn’t love mindless carnage? We certainly do and car football is one of our favourite games! It is exactly as it sounds, 6 disposable cars, 1 giant football, a goal at each end of the “pitch” and 6 disposable drivers. Only 1 team can win, sit back on the bank or in the stands and watch the chaos unfold.
Drift Rides (Sat & Sun)
If you want the ultimate sideways fix but wince at the thought of taking your own car, why not jump in with one of our pros who will give you the ride of your life for a mere £10! Take a smokey trip around the Drift Ride Arena for some adrenaline filled fun!
If you are interested in trying drifting for yourself then Santa Pod holds regular Drift What Ya Brung days, full details at www.DWYB.co.uk.
Mr & Miss USC Competition (Sat only)
The annual Mr & Miss USC competition has created heroes and career and as ever, YOU can be part of the legend! If you want the chance to WIN £200 CASH, and if you want to be in all the magazines, this is the time and the place. All contestants will have their admission cost refunded too!
All it takes is a lot of guts and huge sense of fun. You don’t have to have the model physique or the face of an angel… but it can of course help. We’ll be testing competitors’ skills with a series of mini games but it’s the audience who have the final say, and winning them over is the ultimate aim. Open to competitors over 18 years old. Open to competitors over 18 years old.
Dancers (Fri & Sat)
Stage Dancers: The gorgeous Bass Honeys will be performing on the Main Stage Friday and Saturday evenings, pole dancing, fire breathing and much more.
Pole Dancers: Take one pole, one music track and one hot girl, and what have you got? A pole-dance show! Free entry in Fuelers Bar. Strictly OVER-18s ONLY
Lapdance Club: If you like the pole dancing, then you’ll love the lapdance club. Book yourself a private dance and sit on your hands. Strictly OVER-18s ONLY
Sound Off (Sat & Sun)
EMMA-UK, The UK's No1 car audio competition will be back at Ultimate Street Car.
We have all aspects of car audio covered, with some of the loudest and best sounding cars the UK has to offer. With a range of classes to suit all, from beginner to expert.
Handling Track (Fri)
If you've got a car that goes around corners like a go-kart, then why not have a crack at the handling circuit? It's FREE to enter and just for fun, but it's yet another way you can play with your car at USC, and you don't need mega-power to have fun. In fact, the top cars on the handling circuit are nearly always the little 'uns.
More info on the Handling page.
Show n Go (Go - Fri & Sat, Show - Sun)
Has your car got beauty as well as brawn? If so we have a competition especially for you! If you enjoy blasting it down the ¼ mile and looking good whilst doing it, make sure you get involved with Show & Go this USC!
Full details on the Show & Go page.
Man v Food (Fri)
So you fancy yourself as a big eater? Why not take on some colossal food challenges with sick buckets at the ready and the opportunity of winning £100 and trophy. Open to men and women.
Trade Village (Fri, Sat & Sun)
There will be a huge variety of traders selling everything from car parts to clothing.
Cars 4 Sale Paddock
If you've got a car you want to sell, park it up, stick your phone number on the dashboard, and wait for the calls to come flooding in. FREE for both buyers and sellers!
Daytime Stage (Sun)
There will be DJs and MCs on stage priming you for the evening entertainment and providing the audio backdrop to Show n Shine on Sunday.
Food & Drink (Fri, Sat & Sun)
Caterers and bars will be open around site all weekend. There will be a wide range of food and drink to suit all tastes from burgers and pizzas to Chinese, Mexican and Indian. Coffee and Milkshakes plus Licensed Bars (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult, no under 18s after 11pm) View caterer details.
View photos from USC 2019 on the Facebook Gallery.
Santa Pod Raceway
Santa Pod Raceway is the UK's premier Drag Strip in the middle of England on the border of Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire. For full venue details please visit www.santapod.com.
Fill out your e-mail address on the Newsletter page to receive the Santa Pod Email News Letter and you will also be entered into a monthly prize draw to win a £50 Santa Pod Raceway gift voucher.
Please be aware that on the routes leading to Santa Pod Raceway, local Police will be carrying out Speed Enforcement Operations during the event and they will also be targeting other traffic offences in relation to Seat Belts, use of Mobile Phones and Illegal Number Plates etc.
If reports of antisocial driving reach the venue from local residents, drivers responsible run the risk of being refused admission without refund.
1) EXIT & RE-ENTRY GUIDE: USC is one of Santa Pod’s busiest and most popular events in the calendar and we have a large number of visitors using rural routes through our neighbouring villages. To relieve our local communities of unnecessary traffic during the event, USC operates a strict re-entry policy to minimise disruption: visitors choosing to leave the venue anytime during the weekend will need to pay to re-enter the venue even if they have already purchased a ticket. So, please bring all of the camping supplies that you will need for the weekend including enough petrol/diesel! Your continued cooperation in this matter is always appreciated and keeps the USC vibe alive.
2) NO GLASS: No glass bottles, jars etc allowed on site. This is for you and your car's safety and especially for those in the camping areas. Cars will be searched on arrival.
3) NO CHINESE LANTERNS: Chinese Lanterns are banned at Santa Pod Raceway as they pose a real fire hazard to the crops and thatched roofs surrounding the track.
4) When you arrive and leave site, please keep your speed down, don't litter and respect local residents.