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Run What Ya Brung is where you can take your car and motorcycle out on the famous quarter-mile dragstrip and test it's performance limits in a safe and legal environment. All you need to go RWYBing is a valid UK driving licence, and a roadworthy vehicle. After each run you'll receive a personal performance print-out including your reaction times to the start lights, 60ft, 1/8 mile, 1/4 mile, and terminal speed.

Drivers of soft top cars, and cars doing over 110mph at the finish line will need to wear a crash helmet. All cars are run at the race director’s discretion, and may be prevented from running if deemed to be unsafe.

Sign on for unlimited runs is £30 from 9am-9pm, £25 from 9am-4pm and £10 from 4pm-9pm. Prices are per person.

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Run What Ya Brung Classes:

All vehicles taking part in RWYB must run in the relevant classes, with the quickest in each classes receiving a trophy. It’s your responsibility to make sure you are in the right class.

  • Class A: Petrol engines up to 1.9 litres*
  • Class B: Petrol engines from 2 litres to 2.9 litres*
  • Class C: Petrol engines from 3 litres to 3.9 litres*
  • Class D: Petrol engines of 4 litres or more

(* A turbocharged or supercharged petrol engine should run in the capacity class one higher, so a turbocharged 3.5 V8 belongs in the 4 litres and above category.)

  • Class E: Diesel engines up to 2.9 litres
  • Class F: Diesel engines from 3 litres to 3.9 litres
  • Class G: Diesel engines 4 litres or larger
  • Class X: All models regardless of make or capacity that are not road legal (including cars on slicks)

Run What Ya Brung  Beginners Guide

What is RWYB?

RWYB stands for “Run What Ya Brung” and refers to public test days when Santa Pod is open to anyone with a driving licence to run their car or motorcycle down the track.

RWYB is as simple or scientific as you want it to be, and you can use these days either to just have fun with your friends or as serious test days, whether your vehicle is for road or track.

Your mission is to accelerate from a standing start and cover the 1/4 mile in the shortest possible time. A full performance printout after each run will show your reaction time, speed, and elapsed time as well as a host of incremental measurements.

What Do I Need To Have A Go?

  • A vehicle (vehicles must be safe and run at the race director's discretion).
  • A driving licence suitable for the type of vehicle you are driving.
  • A crash helmet for open top vehicles and those going over 110mph at the finish line. Arm straps required in open-top vehicles.
  • Bikers need suitable protective clothing and approved helmet.

What Do I Need To Do?

  1. Visit the Signing On Office located at the base of the control tower near the startline on foot. You will need your driving licence and signing on fee (cash or card). You'll be asked to fill in a form.
  2. Check your vehicle is well maintained and safe. Tyres, oil, steering, coolant and brakes are important. Also check your tyres and arches are not muddy.
  3. Move your Vehicle to the back of the queue in the "fire up road". Bikers can usually push past to the separate queue for bikes.
  4. When you are called forward by the marshal, close your windows and sunroof fully, and buckle your seatbelt. Bikers should pull down visors or goggles. Please DO NOT activate liquid spray-bars.
  5. If you wish, attempt a burnout in the water under the tower. This will clean and warm your tyres. 4WD cars will not burnout unless equipped to do so.
  6. Roll forward to the Start Line when the marshal indicates. The start line is not actually marked on the track (because it would get scrubbed out very quickly), but the best way to spot it is to look for a gap in the red boarder next to the track.
  7. The first pair of lights on the "starting tree" marked Pre Staged will light when you are nearly in position.
  8. Roll a few inches further forward and the next pair of lights marked Staged will light also.
  9. When you and your opponent are both staged and the track is clear, the three orange bulbs will light and then the Green. Now is the time to go!
  10. Accelerate as hard as you can without spinning the wheels too much. The last timing beam is under the gantry exactly 1/4 of a mile from the start line.
  11. Slow down gently once you have crossed the finish, and keep going until you reach the first Turn Off Point on the left. Check your mirrors for your opponent before turning off and heading back on yourself. Drive slowly and carefully once you have left the track.
  12. You can collect Timing Slips from the signing on office at the startline tower. These are free to collect as soon as your run is complete. If in doubt at any point, simply look to the marshals for direction. Please do not smoke or use mobile phones when on the track.

An advanced RWYB guide, including startline procedure and tips for a good run can be found on the official RWYB website along with a full calendar of all upcoming RWYB days, at

Video Guide: Watch A Run What Ya Brung Video Guide for Cars.

Photographs of most vehicles that run on the track in Run What Ya Brung at Santa Pod Raceway can be purchased from