USC - Ultimate Street Car - Fri 3rd to Sun 5th August 2018
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.
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Ultimate Street Car 2018 Report
Ultimate Street Car has a reputation as one of the largest, loudest, hottest and fastest car festivals in Europe and USC 2018 did not disappoint on all counts! The glorious British summer didn’t let us down with a scorcher of a weekend, blue skies and brilliant sunshine – we hope there aren’t too many burnt USCers out there today! 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, Mike Williams in his Renault Clio was the Winner of the USC Handling Track Competition 2018 with a time of 24.43 seconds – well done Mike!
The Man vs. Food competition was yet again a sight to behold as participants scoffed and demolished their way through a cold tin of baked beans, a frozen sickly slush, a packet of cream crackers, a jar of anchovies in brine all rounded off nicely with a bag of candy floss! The jar of anchovies proved too much for some of our contestants – sick buckets were at the ready! A massive well done to winner Robert Kemp – our King of USC Man vs. Food.
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, knickers & lager, cheesy chat up lines, press ups and a strip tease or two we crowned Wayne Kitchng Mr USC – well done Wayne! Next up was Miss USC with carving cucumbers, crushing watermelons, musical positions, crowd searching and lap dancing. Eventually we crowned Stephanie Green winner of Miss USC – well done Stephanie – second year in a row!
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 Lethal Bizzle, General Levy and Donae’O took to the Main Stage alongside the mesmerising Fuelgirlz whilst dance masters Med School and Club MTV with Philip George alongside the glamorous Narnishakers blew the lid off 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 until the early hours! DJ Richie Don and his eclectic crew of DJs and MCs kicked off the Saturday night celebrations and kept the party going on Sunday rounding off our USC weekend of mammoth music!
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, smoke filled action aplenty. Cheering the loudest, you guys deemed the winner Sam Booker in his BMW E36! 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 Sophie Wood from Autonations UK in her Toyota Supra! One of the highlights of the show is undoubtedly when all participants flameout at the same time!
Mayhem unfolded in Car Football as Santa Pod Staff took on Team Maximum Lock! The Live Action Arena played host to stunt shows and diverse displays. First up was the thrill-seeking freestyle motorcycle legend Lee Bowers with his fleet of Kawasakis; next up was a performance from Maltese masters of drifting, Team Maximum Lock and their compilation of synchronized, close formation precision driving.
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, the judges had made their minds up, congratulations to the following winners:
Bringing a heavy dose of flame and thunder to the USC party, the FireForce 3 Jet Funny Car took to the track; Martin Hill’s fire breathing machine reached an unimaginable 274mph in a breath-taking 5.88 seconds!
The Ultimate Drag Kart Shootout saw an exciting line-up of weird and wonderful drag karts hit the quarter mile. Congratulations to the following racers:
RUNNER UP: GEORGE MACLEAN – Honda CBR600
WINNER: MICK DESMOND – Suzuki GSXR1100
The ¼ mile played host to some fierce competition with Round 4 of the FWD Drag Series seeing some very impressive runs on the dragstrip.
It was a to and fro battle for #1 qualifier between Andy Nicholls and Phil Reeves; Andy took the lead with a 9.46 @ 158mph but unfortunately went on to break in the semifinal. Dan Frost and Phil Reeves stormed ahead to the final; Phil broke seeing Dan taking the event win with a 9.69 @ 151mph - Congratulations Dan!
Throughout the classes of the RWYB competition, we ended up with positions being clinched by hundredths of a second - ccongratulations to the following winners:
The best reaction time of the RWYBers was Ar Ali Ahmadi with an impressive 0.0037.
So that’s USC done for another year! Thanks to every one of you that came along with your cars; 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 2019 – see you then!
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