Following a hugely successful debut in 2016, Race, Rock ’n’ Ride sponsored by Principal Insurance returns to Santa Pod Raceway in May, and for this second running of the event it’s all about the need for speed.
For the first time, the weekend-long festival of motorcycling will be an official round of the ACU National Drag Bike championships, which means there will be a whole host of bikes in all shapes and sizes going insanely quick down the quarter-mile. Topping the bill will be the Funny Bike class, featuring monsters capable of completing the run in an astonishing six seconds! For road riders, the biggest draw might well be the Super Street Bike class with relatable machines that have been known to clock speeds of more than 200mph.
That promises to be special, and so does this: Eric Teboul will be making a few passes throughout the show’s duration, and these are spectacles you do not want to miss (and if you blink, you might!). Eric holds the world record for being the fastest-accelerating man on two wheels having reached speeds in excess of 280mph over the quarter-mile in his hydrogen peroxide-powered machine… that’s a breathtaking five second run!
Stunts, static displays and more
All the favourites from last year are back, which includes jaw-dropping stunt action. New for 2017, it will be the Broke FMX team treating visitors to a couple of action-packed performances each day as they leap 35 feet in the air across distances approaching 100 feet… and if that’s not enough they’ll do a few flips and tricks for good measure.
Leading magazines Fast Bikes and Back Street Heroes are in on the action once again, with the Fast Bikes Run What Ya Brung competition allowing have-a-go heroes the chance to test their mettle on the world’s most famous drag strip. And it’s the Custom Show for BSH, with several exquisite motorcycles on display which will have showgoers in awe. Classic Racer is involved for 2017 also, and will provide something else for the senses as iconic race machines are fired up in the GP Paddock. You can almost smell the Castrol R!
And if all that wasn’t enough there will be displays from motorcycle clubs, runs down the quarter-mile from the thunderous FireForce Jet Car, Podzilla monster truck demos, the Wall of Death and a trade area so you can pick up a bargain or three or four. Plus, there will be high-octane musical entertainment for campers on Saturday night in the Fuelers Bar. Now that’s what we call a weekend!
What they said:
James Forster, Santa Pod
“Santa Pod Raceway is delighted to be hosting the Race, Rock ’n’ Ride event once again on May 20-21, 2017. As well as show highlights from the 2016 event returning, we have a whole host of extra entertainment lined up including a fully fledged round of the ACU National Drag Bike championships, the crazy Frenchman Eric Teboul and his world record-holding rocket bike and the daredevil freestyle motocross team of Broke FMX. Santa Pod really will become a motorbike utopia for the weekend!”
Steven Downs, marketing manager, Principal Insurance
“Our entire bike team are very excited at the prospect of another year sponsoring Race, Rock ’n’ Ride. We are once again delighted to lend our support to an event at a world renowned drag racing venue which is sure to get the adrenaline pumping!”