ULTIMATE STREET CAR 2015 - Fri 31st July to Sun 2nd August
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 2015 PHOTOS
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USC 2015 HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO
USC 2015 REPORT
USC 2015 was massive. It had the usual mix of cars, girls and music (and the sun even made an appearance too) that makes USC the largest, loudest, hottest and fastest modified car festival in Europe.
As Friday dawned, the gates opened bright and early and the RWYB begun for what was clearly going to be a busy weekend. The track was brimming with top notch machinery with everything from Civics and Saxos to Skylines and Sierra’s and everything in between. 2 of the stand out cars from the weekend were from our Portuguese guests in the form of a couple of 9 second diesel VW’s which were incredible to watch. The RWYB leader boards continued to change throughout the weekend but the eventual winners were as follows:
Class A – A616
12.61s @ 107.43mph
Class B – B608
12.81s @ 110.69mph
Class C – C985
12.31s @ 116.55mph
Class D – D1047
9.7368s @ 152.64mph
Class E – E950
11.98s @ 121.44mph
Class F – F277
11.53s @ 117.77mph
Class X – X1069
Nissan GTR R35
8.57s @ 165.45mph
The serious boys and girls from the Jap and FWD Drag Series hit the strip on Saturday and Sunday for the penultimate round of their championships. Both the Pro and Street classes in the Jap Drag series were in operation and we saw some incredible 8 second passes in both classes.
After a pretty dominant performance throughout the weekend Glenn Robson has all but sewn up the Competition Clutch FWD Series. Glenn was the only car to run under 10 seconds all weekend which gave him top spot in qualifying and the event win after he defeated Paul Atkinson in the final.
Strangely, the street class turned out to be the quicker of the 2 on the day and qualifying saw David Greenhalgh top the table with an awesome 8.5 second pass at 160mph. David continued his dominant 8.5 second form with a bye in the first round and against Brent Crooks in the final to ensure that the championship will go right down to the wire with Jeff Ludgate at the final round.
JDS Street Winner
In JDS Pro, Mark Moseley sat on top of the pile after qualifying with an 8.7 second pass but he was pipped at the post in the final by 0.1 of a second as Steve Bowen won on a hole shot.
JDS Pro Winner
The action was equally as fast and furious over in the live action arena throughout the weekend which hosted stunt legend Terry Grant and his fleet of cars, Lee Bowers on 2 wheels, Herve Franquin and his insane Jet powered Peugeot 205 and of course Drew Thornton and the Podzilla monster truck. Sunday saw a new addition to the arena in the form of a game of car football, which almost came down to the last man standing. Unlike the real game, this was a game of full contact and as a result, the game that started with 6 cars ended up with only 3 left running and Michael, the last man standing managed to secure the victory for his broken team before the ball was popped after a certain someone ran over it!
The Autoglym show & shine competition was an instant sell out and we had some immaculate vehicles on display. We must say a massive thanks to everyone that brought their cars along because it really was an awesome paddock which made for some incredibly difficult judging and there were a large number of previous trophy winners that actually walked away empty handed!
Congratulations to the winners who were:
Best of Show
Citreon Saxo VTS
It was one of the smaller cars in the show and one that doesn’t stand out in your face but a 2nd glance is all you need to see that Michaels Saxo had everything with pristine paintwork, stunning interior and mods in all the right places.
Show & Go Winner
Aaron’s Evo was quick on the strip running a 12.34 and was also right at home in the show paddock.
Chris’ wheels simply made the whole car. The Gold 20” Bentley Mulliners just worked so well propping up the white VW.
Best Engine Bay
Kaans car was clearly built for big power and the 2jz that resides in the engine bay was pristine – oh and it sounded incredible as it rolled into the paddock too!
Ford Fiesta MK6
Daniels fiesta was laden with custom parts but walked away with the award for his custom audio install throughout the whole car which consists of a total of 22 speakers!
Ollie’s sign on sheet pretty much summed up why he walked away with this trophy “Fresh Repaint, Fresh Sparkle, Custom Wheels, Completely Smooth, Custom Colour.”
Richards Seat was of high quality all around but it was the interior that really caught the judges attention with full red leather and black alcantara throughout.
Best retro was a tough one to call this year with a few cars in the mix but Shane’s relatively stock Escort was immaculate in, out, under the bonnet and even underneath.
The dash on this insane Astra was on another level but combine this with a tidy finish throughout and lambo doors and it’s easy to see why this was voted most extreme.
Best All Rounder
Joe’s Corsa had mods all around with body kit, custom paint, air ride, audio install and a nice little touch with a baby seat to match the fully trimmed interior.
The judges just fell in love with this little old school golf that had been through a full resto, rolling on BBS wheels with air – it was just so right!
The Live Stage was a hive of activity with all manner of fun and frolics throughout. First up was the man vs food challenge which was dominated by Big Al. He triumphed where others fell to brain freeze, vomit and outright disgust. He consumed a whole raw onion, downed a slushie, demolished some incredibly hot chicken wings, inhaled a spoonful of cinnamon and chomped on some fruit gums!
Mr and Miss USC was ultimate street car entertainment at its finest. Anton Murrells walked away with the trophy and a lap dance from one of the lovely ladies before giving a lap dance himself. Anton showed he’s got muscle, brains and a big puff as he arm wrestled, blew up balloons, smashed through an ice t shirt and drunk his way to victory.
Miss USC also required some brains, luck and sex appeal and it was Aimie-Louise Benton who won the audiences affection. The ladies games provided some great entertainment with tie tying, body part kissing, coin flipping, dancing and more!
As always you lot partied hard throughout the weekend to sounds from Big Brovaz, Shift K3y, club MTV and more on the Friday before getting down to Ministry of Sound, Scorcher and Wiley (albeit a little later than scheduled).
Back with the cars and the burnout competition filled the live action arena with plumes of smoke. We had entries in corsa’s, hyundai’s, beemers and even a Renault Kangoo that took the win after shredding its rubber.
The flameout contest on Saturday night was extremely well supported with 10 vehicles lighting up the dusk arena. We had varying approaches with some popping and banging as well as full on flamer kits and this year the audience deemed Jonathan Matthews and his awesome Nissan Skyline as the winners.
The tight and twisty handling track suited the smaller nimble cars moreso than the RWD power houses but that didn’t stop a number of the larger, more powerful cars giving it a good go and seemingly having a lot of fun in the process! The lead changed hands a number of times throughout the session and it was won in one of the closing efforts from Joshua Jones
in his Mazda 2.
So that’s it for another year, USC 2015 and what an absolute stonker it was! We would just like to take this opportunity to thank every single one of you for bringing your pride and joy along and joining us for one of the best automotive parties of the year!
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