We are pleased to announce that the ninth running of the Hot Rod Races will be happening on Pendine Sands over the weekend of 14th and 15th May 2022. Once again there will be two days of non-stop racing action on the historic beach in Carmarthenshire, South Wales. We will be starting around 10am each day and racing for around five to six hours, with high speed thrills from start to finish. Everything is determined by the tide so times can’t be set in stone.


This incredible, award winning event has fast become the most important date on the UK hot rod calendar, with participants coming from all over the globe to take part in the world’s fastest and most exciting beach racing competition available to traditional hot rods and customs. Racing is only open to members of the Vintage Hot Rod Association and their pre-1949 hot rods and customs, so it’s guaranteed old time action all the way. Whilst pit passes are only for VHRA members, spectating is free from outside the pits, you’ll find more details on that further down the page.


There are classes for all types of vehicles and engines, with cars being built just to break class records. All vehicles run on a course with a 1/2 mile run up, followed by a time flying 1/16th of a mile, which is where these antique hot rods can hit speeds in excess of 120 mph.


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More information: Event website

Entry information

Race and Pit Passes have sold out.

Free Spectating – No Pass Required

Outside of the pits it’s free to come and spectate. The view of the race cars is fantastic and you you can wander down the beach to see the cars at speed. There is a parking fee of £5 per car payable to the council on the day, which will allow you to park on the hallowed beach in your car. No pre-booking or ticket is required, you do not need to be a member and there is no limit on numbers. This will not permit you to enter the pit or race areas, but there will be the opportunity to get up close to the cars either side of racing. We scrutineer the race cars on Friday from midday, which is a great day to take a look at the cars and talk to the owners, as they take over the village. Dogs on leads are welcome.