For a couple of weeks in the middle of 2014 I was in the UK. Officially it was to take part in the Formula Student competition at Silverstone with my teammates at Edith Cowan University Racing.
Most of us arrived a couple of weeks before the Formula Student event and while everyone else headed south towards Goodwood for the Festival of Speed, I headed in the other direction towards South Wales to take in the second running of the Pendine Sands Hot Rod Races.
This was vintage land speed racing at its finest. Run by the VHRA (Vintage Hot Rod Association) www.vhra.co.uk headed up by Neil Fretwell, this was hard core, traditional hot rodding at its best.
Some of the coolest stuff I’ve ever laid eyes on made its way to the tidal flats of Pendine Sands to spend a couple of days racing to see just how fast their jalopies would go.
They came from all over the UK and many parts of Europe, including a couple of blokes who drove all the way from Sweden in a chopped ’32 three-window with a S.C.o.T. blown flathead and no interior!
A big thanks to Keith Harman and Chris Smith for their hospitality during my stay and to all the other fantastic people I met in the few short days I was there.
Hopefully this event will go on to have a long and storied history and I can get back there in the not too distant future.