By Paul Evans
The seventh annual running of the Pendine Sands Hot Rod Races will take place this weekend (15-16 June), with two days of high-speed competition on the historic Carmarthenshire beach.
Organised by the Vintage Hot Rod Association, racing will start each day at around 10.00 and continue for around five to six hours, with non-stop action 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 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, with speeds exceeding 120 mph.
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. There are classes for all types of vehicles and engines, with cars being built just to break class records.
The ‘King of the Beach’ in 2018 was Matt Farrant, who claimed the title for the third time in four years. He’s keen to take the top spot again this weekend, but he’ll be up against some very strong competition.
Spectating is free, or £4 per car if you want to park on the hallowed beach.