Last years Retro Show was killer, so Saturday lunchtime we pointed the MX5 at Santa Pod and hit the road. An afternoon and evening of heavy ale consumption didn’t serve to make an MX5 suitable accommodation for sleep as hoped (next time…a tent methinks!), but despite feeling pretty rough come Sunday morning, it was all worth it. The turnout was spectacular just like last year, with everything from stock obscure classics (Fiat Strada FTW!!) to full on drag cars like the mental Torment Racing Alky burning Chevette, which despite getting well out of shape, still netted an 8.8 run. We parked up with the Retro Rides crew who put in a top display as usual, with loads of variety. It’s too hard to pick a favourite from the hoards, but high on my list of winners was Mick Wilkes’ gorgeous little Bedford HA van. Virtually stock looking on the outside but packing turbo XE power. A leisurely looking launch down the quarter saw it in the low 13’s, but it’ll easily lay down low 12’s. What a machine! I need build something like that!

A couple of blasts from the past made my day too. The sky high, fully flaked street machine Mini looked straight out of the mid 70’s. It even ran an old school rodders engine of choice from back in the day, the Ford V4! Also, check out this Mk1 Capri on slot mags, complete with Metalflake and rear window louvre… 70’s survivor!

The track action saw some really rapid passes. It seems the average ET’s drop year on year, with plenty of subtle looking retros running in the 12’s, with some even dipping into 10’s! The Euro Sport Compact cars put in some serious times too, especially the FWD classes, which made some amazing runs. Maybe next year I’ll take the 510 for some quarter mile action, as I’m hoping it’ll be back in action by then. I managed to snap a couple of hundred pics before the inevitable camera battery failure (must buy a spare before RRG!).

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