Festival of Power 2016
We were keeping a close eye on the weather forecast on the run up to this year’s Festival of Power – we knew that Friday was supposed to be cold but dry & Saturday’s forecast seemed to change every time we looked!
As it turned out, Friday was indeed mostly dry, but a series of incidents and hold ups meant that racing carried on into the dark, eventually hitting the 8pm curfew. It’s not the first time we’ve seen night-time racing at Santa Pod, but it IS the first time we’ve tried to take photos of vehicles making their way down the track – best of the bunch ended up being the VW Beetle you’ll see in the photos below.
The Bentley Continental GT which runs in Street Eliminator (previously owned by Steve Neimantas) was looking great in its new coat of black paint – just one of many cars which have seen a lot of work over the winter. It was also great to see a good field of ProMod cars out on the track, as impressive as the Top Fuel cars are, ProMod is definitely our favourite class to watch.
Saturday ended up being just as bad (if not worse!) than the forecast had predicted. We opted to have a leisurely breakfast in our hotel and just head to the track when we were ready.
As it turned out, we didn’t miss much… the track crew were working extremely hard to get the track dried out, but every time they got it just about dry, it started to drizzle/rain again and they were back to square one. The high winds also meant that the planned Spitfire flypast had to be cancelled. Ultimately, the rain started to come down heavier and racing was officially cancelled at 3pm – a big thank you to the guys at the RF Motorsport Top Fuel team who allowed us to shelter under their awning & showed us around one of their two dragsters.
This is just a selection of my favourite images. If you’re looking for specific photos and can’t see them here, please try our Facebook page for the full gallery.