We know that many of you have been eager for news about the Hot Rod Hayride. Thank you for your encouragement, enthusiasm and the pies sent in... yes, really!

Having listened to your feedback and after much discussion with The Detonators and our many helpers, we all feel it will be impossible to deliver a really first-rate Hayride at Headcorn in the future, due to the limitations that we found with the site.

It was always going to be difficult to move a much-loved event once Bisley was no longer available and we certainly gave it our best shot, but there will be no Hayride in 2018 or for the foreseeable future.

The exciting news is that we have been working behind the scenes to bring you an alternative weekend of hot rod racing, an awesomeinternational band line-up and all the usual Hayride shenanigans,on the traditional Hayride dates at the end of July…

We are thrilled to announce that Atomic Festival will be changing dates to welcome Hayriderson the weekend of 28th& 29th July 2018, with:

  • DRAG RACING on a concrete runway,alongsidethe 1950s Control Tower.
  • FREE CAMPING for tents plus luxury Bell Tents available to hire.
  • BANDS, DJs & BARS 5 venuesand rockin’ ‘til the early hours (2am licence).
  • PRE ‘66 SHOWFIELD for traditional style rods, customs and classics.
  • SUNDAY MORNING FLEA MARKET and autojumble.
  • MASSIVE SHOPPING MARKET for all your car parts, clothes &colectables.
  • GREAT QUALITY FOOD OUTLETS All your Hayride favourites and more…
  • THE SOAPBOX DERBY… yes, get back in your sheds and start building!

The historic Club House, the restored Hangar (with large wooden dancefloor), the Art Deco venues and the grounds at SywellAerodromeare certainly more in keeping withwhat we all loved about the surroundings at Bisley and we’re eager to continue where we left off… There’ll even be a ‘Spirit of The Hayride’ trophy forthe most deserving drag racer.

Many Hayriders are already Atomic regulars and we look forward to seeing even more of you next Summer for a hopped up weekend of gasoline fuelled action!

Atomic Festival - 28th& 29th July 2018 - Sywell Aerodrome - Northants NN6 0BN

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