With £85,000 prize money on the line, ‘The Doorslammers’ is a unique event in European drag racing. Santa Pod Raceway is very pleased that VP Racing Fuels will continue to support the race this year. VP will also the Official Fuel Supplier and Title Sponsor of the premier race class, Pro Doorslammer.

‘Doorslammer’ is simply a generic term for any full-bodied car with functional doors and a sprung chassis – ‘tin tops’, to borrow a circuit racing expression – and this third annual edition of The Doorslammers will draw saloon car-style campaigners from across the continent. Prize payouts apply across seven different eliminator categories, but it’s the heavyweights contesting the VP Racing Fuels Pro Doorslammer class who corner most attention – brutal machines radically different from any ‘tin top’ ever seen on a circuit.

The no-holds-barred Pro Doorslammer shoot-out pits class-legal Pro Modifieds – which otherwise contest national and European championships – against the unregulated monsters of Sweden’s eighth-mile Top Doorslammer league, reconfigured for this weekend to run the full quarter-mile – and indeed against any other outlandish vehicle whose owner considers it fit for the challenge. In place of the usual, seeded qualifying ladder, elimination pairings are drawn at random before each knockout round until the last two contestants left standing dash for the cash. If the pairing arrangements are novel, the basic rule of drag racing remains unchanged: first to the finish line wins, and the most potent machinery doesn’t necessarily prosper.

In 2018, Mattias Wulcan re-tuned his mighty eighth-mile Blackbird Camaro to demolish European quarter-mile standards with a blistering, 5.53-second, 262mph test shot – yet didn’t win the race. Pro Mod racer Jimmy Ålund took the honours. Last year, by contrast, Wulcan slipped short of such dizzying performance heights but did manage to strike gold after five furious rounds of racing. Thus far, Swedish racers have carried off the Pro Doorslammer loot. Will 2020 prove third time lucky for a different nation’s entrant?

The Doorslammers takes place at Santa Pod Raceway from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th May 2020