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Here you go folks - better late than never...
Finally managed to get time to do an edit of all the video I took.
I filmed all of the competitors with three exceptions;
Neil Fretwell, Charles Stapleton and Neil Tuckett - Sorry chaps.
At over 30 minutes, this is more of a completist, rod-spotting checklist rather than a
pacy, well shot overview. The official VHRA video on their website does a much better professional job if that's what you're looking for.
Nevertheless, for those competitors who didn't capture their pass for posterity, or for the many Pendine perverts that lurk in these forums,
Enjoy...

VHRA Pendine Hot Rod Races 2013 - YouTube
 

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Very cool footage :tup: What a great event!

Probably gonna get slated for this but hey, whatever... im a bit surprised at the speeds, only seven out of ninety one cars made it to 100mph, i assume the sand robs a few mph the same as a salt flat does? and of course its real mph not exaggerated speedometer readings. I know that theyre very old engines and standard cars of the day would have been very slow by todays standards but these are Hot Rods so i kinda expected slightly higher speeds. I wonder if the speeds will increase for subsequent events if/as the competitive spirit bites and the owners look to increase their engines horsepower, but maybe the costs involved will limit that.
 

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It isn't really much to do with the horse power, more to do with the surface, to quote having spoken to a couple of the competitors "like driving on ice and aquaplaining at the same time".
 

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That is brilliant, thank you so much for putting it together. It's a shame my car didn't make the cut, I'm in it personally far too much instead! If it's ok with you LocoMoCo, I'd like to post it on the VHRA website. Let me know and if it's a yes I'll give you full credit.

As to speeds, a lot of cars were running way over their factory listed limits. The sand is a very strange driving surface and although it felt safe it does feel weird. As well as drag there is what feels like drift as well. I know I want to go faster next time, as do most others, so with some tuning and a little more courage I'm sure the 100mph club will get a lot busier next year.
 

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I was really glad to see the event getting a joint first in some "Best event of 2013" poll of some sort.
I was undecided wether to pop down or not until I got up that morning. I took the family down and I do have to say it was my event of 2013. It had that certain something. It has been said by many people but there was a "magical" feeling about it, it was special.
And I'm not even a massive Hot Rod fan.
More shiney paint, billey ally and tweed interiors next time please LOL
 

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Thanks for your kind words about the event MutantV8, we keep hearing the word magical banded about and it certainly felt like that on the day. The special feeling started on the Friday when a couple of us went out on the beach for the first time to inspect the course, as the front wheels planted on the sand it came home to us just how privelaged we were to be allowed on there with our hot rods. We actually picked up the Motoring Event of the Year at the International Historic Motoring Awards sponsored by Octane. We tied first with Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, beating Goodwood and Pebble Beach among others. To say we were totally surprised would be an understatement.

Shiney paint we can do, billet aluminium is less likely and I'm afraid leather, Naugahyde and the occaisional Mexican blanket is the order of the day for most interiors!
 

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It certainly brings back good memories of the event. I guess it was one of those 'you had to be there to feel it' events but the vids certainly do a good job of showing it to the best they can.
I still can't believe how lucky we were with the weather considering that an hour before the cars were allowed on the beach it was hurling it down with rain and the forecast was for it to carry on until late in the day. I guess someone wanted the event to proceed without a glitch!!! as, indeed, it did in my opinion.
 

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great vid, thanks for that, as said, brings back great memories of one of britian's best ever hotrod events, cant wait for june 2014, warm summer weather, 2 days, and 50% more
cars running, bring it on.
 

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Hi Neil,
It would be an absolute honour for you to post it on the VHRA website.
I'll make sure I catch your run in June :D
All the best,
Steve

That is brilliant, thank you so much for putting it together. It's a shame my car didn't make the cut, I'm in it personally far too much instead! If it's ok with you LocoMoCo, I'd like to post it on the VHRA website. Let me know and if it's a yes I'll give you full credit.

As to speeds, a lot of cars were running way over their factory listed limits. The sand is a very strange driving surface and although it felt safe it does feel weird. As well as drag there is what feels like drift as well. I know I want to go faster next time, as do most others, so with some tuning and a little more courage I'm sure the 100mph club will get a lot busier next year.
 

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Thanks. PM me your full name and when I get round to putting it on the website I'll make sure you are credited.
 

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As to speeds, the sand is a very strange driving surface and although it felt safe it does feel weird. As well as drag there is what feels like drift as well. I know I want to go faster next time, as do most others, so with some tuning and a little more courage I'm sure the 100mph club will get a lot busier next year.
Thank you for the sensible measured replies, given the weird driving experience my respect to those (eight.. i missed one) who made it to into the 100mph club this year and even greater respect to Malcolm Campbell for driving at 174mph on Pendine Sands in 1927!!
For 2014, all those who made it into the 80's/90's mph... man up will ya!.... :incheek: only joking, best of luck for next year.
 

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The other thing I meant to say was that I was there for the bike racing on the beach, and I thought that was fantastic at the time (I prefer bikes to cars), but the Rods blew the bike event into a cocked hat.
I used to go for runs down to Pendine just after me and a few others passed their tests in the mid and late Eighties and we used to have a play about in our Escorts and Avengers util the Council stopped it and always had a laugh.
It's a lovely spot for such an iconic event and is an excellent, scenic run down too. I'm lucky to have such an event on my doorstep.
You guys (and girls) deserve everything you got. The very best of luck for 2014 and the future.
 
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