Location: Sywell Aerodrome, Northants, NN6 OBN,
If ever a classic car festival lived up to its name, it’s the one coming back to Northamptonshire this spring.
The Atomic Festival’s high-energy retro spectacular returns to Sywell Aerodrome on the weekend of April 30.
The revamped mid-century vintage show transports attendees back in time to a more innocent era of pre-1963 cars and 1950s rock ‘n’ roll sounds.
Hot rods and cool cars
The Vintage Hot Rod Association kicks off with some old-school action with flag-start drag racing on a 201-metre track.
Those of you who have never witnessed these fast-accelerating speedsters before are in for a treat.
But why just watch? Classics of any kind are welcome to have a go.
Some of the coolest vintage cars will be paraded along the Sywell airfield, with prizes given to the very best on Sunday.
Entries must be pre-booked and vehicles must be of pre-1963 vintage, hot rods or custom motors built in the style of the era.
Don’t leave without…
• Seeing a Car of the Year finalist: Classic American Magazine will be choosing a heat winner
• Entering a prize draw: If you’re racing you automatically get put into a prize draw to win two tickets to GOW! This is the Vintage Hot Rod Association’s (VHRA) exclusive Gloucestershire-based Prescott Hill hot rod hill climb on August 26-28. The event is usually reserved for VHRA members and their guests
• Enjoying a classic car ride: You can cruise along Sywell’s runway in an amazing classic of your choice, thanks to Classic American Wedding Cars - and it’s free
• Sampling an array of non-motoring fun: This includes the bands, DJs, dancing, late bars, flea market, vintage stalls, air displays, funfair, roller-skating and even a drive-in movie. Or why not take a peek at Sywell Aviation Museum, which is open throughout the weekend?
How to get tickets
Adult tickets cost £80 for a weekend pass and £42 for a day. Children aged 15 or under go free. Gates open from 10am-11pm. A late-night lounge closes at 2am.