Ultimate Street Car

Ultimate Street Car - Fri 4th to Sun 6th August 2017

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 2017 Report / Gallery / Video

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Ultimate Street Car 2017 Highlights Video


Ultimate Street Car 2017 Report

Ultimate Street Car has a reputation as one of the largest, loudest, hottest and fastest car festivals in Europe and the 2017 event did not disappoint on all counts. The weekend will go down in history as one of the biggest and best yet with action where ever you looked!

Fighting off some tough opponents and putting those driving skills of speed and precision to the ultimate test, Ashley Sheehan-Whitsey in his Fiat Cinquecento was the Winner Handling Track Competition 2017 with a time of 28.52 seconds – well done Ashley!
Friday afternoon, the Live Action Arena hosted the Ultimate Strong Man competition. This year we had 4 guys and 1 girl sign up to take on the challenges. The winner of the Car Pull round was completed in an incredible 9.10 seconds! In the end, our Ultimate Strong Man champion was Robert Kemp – well done Rob! Thank you to all our competitors.

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Handling Track Winner
Ashley Sheehan-Whitsey
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USC 2017
Ultimate Strong Man
Robert Kemp
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    KEGS CAR PULL SAND BAGS DEAD LIFTS TOTAL
1st Robert Kemp 5 5 3 18+3 34
2nd Adam Hargreaves 4 2 5 18+3 32
3rd Ben Heavey 3 3 2 15 23
4th Jason Arnold 2 1 4 10 17
5th Joanne Bridgeman 1 4 1 8 14

Other competitions were the Flameout and USC Burnout competitions which were both awesome. The USC Burnout was up first on the Saturday afternoon with tyre-shredding, rubber-burning action aplenty. Cheering the loudest, you guys deemed the winner ‘Gold Man’ #peasants in his Gold Fiat Cinquecento! As darkness fell, the Live Action Arena was lit up as contestants and their cars took part in the Flame Out competition. Man and machine attempted to outdo each other with the biggest cheer going to Peter Long and his black Ford Focus – well done Peter! One of the highlights of the show is undoubtedly when all participants flameout at the same time and it was a sight to behold!

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Burnout Winner
#peasants
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Flame Out Winner
Peter Long

Saturday was Round 4 of the Fueltopia Barrel Sprint season. Well done to all the winners and runners up in the following 3 classes:

AWD: 1st Dmitrij Sribnyj  2nd Andrew Stevens  3rd Jonathan Buck
RWD: 1st Adam Elder  2nd Ryan Milton  3rd Mike Newland 
U1: 1st Mark Elder  2nd Tony Elder 

Mayhem unfolded in Car Football as Santa Pod Staff took on winners Team Maximum Lock! The Live Action Arena played host to a trio of breath-taking stunt shows and diverse displays. First up was the thrill-seeking Michelle Westby in Santa Pod’s own Nissan Skyline GTS; next up was a performance from top freestyle motorcycle stunt rider and British Stunt Bike Champion, Lee Bowers as he wowed the crowds with his jaw-dropping motorbike stunts; Team Maximum Lock left us mesmerised with their compilation of synchronized, close formation drift displays – driving perfection and one hell of a show! 

The on-stage entertainment was awesome as always with all sorts of fun and frolics - Mr and Miss USC was an awesome combination of cringy yet hilarious shenanigans! First up was Mr USC; after frozen t-shirts, sock flavoured beer, naughty words, fierce arm-wrestling and some very dodgy rapping (if we can even call it rapping!) we crowned Nathan Gee Mr USC – well done Nathan! Next up was Miss USC with cans of lager, ping pong twerking, balloon popping, crowd searching and lap dancing! Luckily or unluckily, whichever way you look at it, we had no fully naked ladies on stage this year although we did welcome back 2016 winner, Sarah, who even though was not in the lap dance round, still gave us a one hell of a show! Eventually we crowned Stephanie Green winner of Miss USC – well done Stephanie!

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Mr USC
Nathan Gee
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USC 2017
Miss USC
Stephanie Green

The Man vs. Food competition was yet again a tough round of food craziness as participants scoffed and demolished their way through foot long hot dogs, extra spicy chicken, crackers, WHOLE RAW! onions rounded off nicely with a litre of chocolate fudge brownie milkshake. The raw onion round saw all four of our brave contestants spewing into the buckets we luckily placed in front of them! A massive well done to winner Kiran Walker – our King of USC Man vs. Food, (who after winning went back to his bucket to throw up – nice!)

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Man v Food
Kiran Walker

As always, the awesome music line up at USC was as large, loud, hot, fast and jam-packed than ever before with world famous acts and DJs! Providing us with one hell of a USC soundtrack headline legends Bugzy Malone and Fatman Scoop took to the Main Stage whilst dance masters Pure featuring Sweet Female Attitude & The Wideboys along with Drum & Bass DJs and MCs keeping us partying till the early hours over in the Big Top. We partied hard over in Fuelers Bar, the Silent Disco kept those decks spinning with a variety of tunes to boogie along to!

The Autoglym Show & Shine competition on Sunday showcased a vibrant and varied congregation of immaculate cars with some very impressive modifications. It was a very tough decision process for the judges with some very high-spec vehicles on display. We salute all of you who entered! After many a turn around the Show Paddock, congratulations go to the following winners:

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BEST OF SHOW: Danny Hetherington – Bronze 2000 Ford Fiesta Zetec S – Simply immaculate! Hydraulics, copper plated wheels, smooth engine bay, custom interior with bench seat.
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JUDGES CHOICE: Kyle Thorpe – Black Audi A4 – Bentley rotating centre caps – Very cool green and black colour scheme – subtle from a distance with full custom interior.
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USC 2017
BEST INTERIOR: Nick Brown – White 1996 Honda Civic Coupe – Spoon interior, full red leather interior – everywhere! with diamonds stitched into the roof, 24ct gold bolts in engine bay, ipad in the dash and polished arms under the car.
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BEST EXTERIOR: Adam Robinson – Camo/Red Bull 1992 Mazda RX7 – Tasteful wrap with an extreme body kit.
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BEST ENGINE BAY: Ross Bradley – Purple 1989 BMW E30 – Chevy V8 swap. Fully forged, twin turbo, 6ltr. Custom red Nappa leather and alcantara interior. Custom one off rear push rod rear suspension. Custom blackberry metallic paint.
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USC 2017
BEST RETRO: Lee Roberts – British Racing Green 1992 Mini Cooper – Porsche 924 seats, full leather and alcantara interior. Stunning paint detail on bonnet.
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MOST EXTREME: Mark Shaw - Red 2002 BMW E46 – All smoothed, hand painted and fitted by owner. 19” wheels 6x12” JL Subs
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BEST WHEELS: Chris Scrivener – Peral White 2011 VW Scirocco R – Genuine 20” Bentley wheels painted in Spectraflair – stunning when the sun shines on them! Full pearl white re-spray, smoothed front and rear end. Rear plate recess shortened by 7 ½”.
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BEST ICE: Robin Evans – Dark blue 2006 Vauxhall Astra SRI – Absolutely mental – speakers pointing in every direction outside the car!
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BEST ALL ROUNDER: Richard Lines – Sparkle White 2012 Seat Leon – 23 coats of paint, 15ltrs of laquer, 5ltrs of base coat - Porsche pearl white paint mixed with 600g of flakes from Tropical Glitz in USA. Rare 19” Schmidt wheels in candy red with 150 fibre optics thread into roof lining and full red leather interior in red leather. 
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USC 2017
SHOW & GO: Aaron Palmer – Red 2006 Mitsubishi Evo IX MR – 12.3 secs

On Sunday, the Barrel Sprint Track hosted the Formula G shootout. Well done to all the winners and runners up in the following 3 classes:

AWD: 1st Jonathan Buck 2nd Alan Dryburgh 3rd Michael Irwin
RWD: 1st Adam Elder 2nd Ben Dryburgh 3rd Mike Newland
FWD: 1st Dmitrij Sribnyj 2nd A. Brown

The Live Action Arena hosted the European Burnout Championship bringing the best of tyre smoking entertainment to the crowds. Well done to the runners up and congratulations to winner Adam:

1st Adam Elder 2nd Spencer Peacock 3rd Ben Dryburgh

The ¼ mile played host to some fierce and hard-fought competition with Round 4 of the FWD Drag Series and the RWYB competition, seeing some very impressive runs on the dragstrip.

There were a few shocked faces as we headed into the FWD eliminations – James Lord didn’t qualify finishing ninth with 2016 champion Alan Duthie only just coming through with eighth place. Paul Atkinson was No.1 qualifier with a 9.2482 – also a PB – well done Paul!
The semi-final eliminations saw Paul Atkinson meet Robert Lord, Paul had the edge with a reaction time of 0.489 against Rob’s 0.776; Luke Pritchard red lit against Kiel Priestman. Paul and Kiel stormed ahead to the final seeing Paul taking the event win with a 9.556 @ 161.32mph - Congratulations Paul!

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USC 2017

FWD Drag Series Round 4
WINNER: Paul Atkinson
RUNNER UP: Kiel Priestman

Throughout the classes of the RWYB competition, we ended up with positions being clinched by hundredths of a second - congratulations to the following winners:

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Class A - Jamie Warren – Vauxhall Astra GSI – 13.3491 @ 109.11mph

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Class B – Darren Dewhurst – Vauxhall Corsa – 12.0678 @ 121.61mph

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USC 2017

Class C – Dave Broadway – Tesla P100D – 11.4751 @ 117.17mph

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Class D – Phil Woolven – Mitsubishi Evo 3 – 10.5591 @ 128.49mph

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USC 2017

Class E – Nick Greaves – Audi R8 – 10.9675 @ 126.71mph

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Class F – Ursula Bradley – Toyota JZX 100 – 12.8017 @ 114.22mph

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Class X – Richard Bradley – Nissan Silvia – 9.6176 @ 141.27mph

We were lucky enough to have not one but two jet-fuelled masters from the FireForce fleet. First up, Friday night saw Martin Hill pilot his FireForce 5 Jet Dragster, tearing down the strip in 5.4197 @ 273.04mph; the FireForce 3 Jet Car was the weapon of choice on Saturday and Sunday with a speed of 274.68mph in an astonishing 5.8219 seconds!

So that’s USC done for another year! Thanks to every one of you that came along with your cars and we’re extra thankful to the clubs for their continued support and everyone that gets involved and takes part in one crazy competition after another. Stay tuned to see what we have in store for you next year at USC 2018 – see you then!

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