When we started the Hayride all those years ago we had little idea of how popular it would become or how long it would last... in fact due to our slightly less than healthy diet of beer and pies, we weren’t sure how long we’d last, never mind the event. Thirteen years on we’re happy, and frankly quite surprised that the great gathering of the Pre ‘66 faithful, is as strong as ever. An exciting new chapter in Hayride history begins this year. So buckle up (metaphorically as most of you don’t have a clue what a seat belt is), strap yourself in (not strap yourself on - that really does mean something a bit different) and have a little wee of excitement (your bladders not what it used to be...) Now read on....

Three years ago when the new Management at Bisley doubled the rent of the site, and all the other events left, our inner Miss Marple told us something was up! A few days before the last show we were informed that we would not be offered another Contract. At this point we either had to end the Hayride or find a new venue.

But cunning as a pack of foxes we had already approached various suitable sites. Initially a few liked the idea but oddly enough when they saw the pictures and films of the actual Hayride itself their attitude rapidly changed. Some peoples offers fainted away, (some people just actually fainted), some asked us to leave and others, on seeing you lot, booked long holidays in sanatoriums and doubled their therapy sessions. In short, much as we love old noisy cars and bikes and the colourful characters that have the crazy passion to own them, other people seem to view you en masse as dangerous deranged lunatics. Well that as maybe, (I’m not sure we could argue that you’re completely sane in a court of law) but as it would be cruel to release you back into normal society, to attend normal events, we were determined to find you a home.

Step forward the lovely crew at Headcorn Aerodrome. Were they afraid of hot rods? No, they welcome mad old machinery. In fact they have some of their own - they just fly it... Do they mind slightly unhinged characters filling their site? No, they already have pilots of old planes and a parachute school who all fling themselves about in the air with all the safety features that wood, canvas and string have to offer... Are they worried about us thrashing hot rods on their site? No, they do it with tanks (yes those big f**k off green things that the army use). I kid you not, they race them round here; they’re not right. I know what you’re thinking; it’s a marriage made in heaven and can I drive a tank? (No you really can’t).


THE DEMON DROME WALL OF DEATH the world’s oldest and most entertaining motorcycle circus show returns featuring Dangerous Dave, the man who famously said his life is like living in his own B - movie. This insanely tense thriller has the power to make you gasp out loud, laugh and get all emotional at the same time. Wear your strongest pants and don’t ask if you can have a go... in case they say yes…

 

CAMPING Don’t do camping? Click here for our local accommodation list and check out our super lazy bastard Bell Tent option, (which I believe modern people call Glamping), where the whole tent and floor and beds and bed linen are all provided for you and you just waltz in like the Queen of Sheba when all the hard work is done and snap your fingers if you need a quails egg or something...

You do have to pay for this of course because despite how you might actually dress at the weekends, you are not the
real Queen of Sheba... Full details and prices at www.honeybells.co.uk

Saturday & Sunday mosey on over to THE DETONATORS DIRT DRAGS. So that you don’t get bored or fidgety, the Detonators, in true moonshine racing spirit, have come up with a unique grass roots challenge for hot rodders which takes place on a short dirt sprint on site - no more driving to and from a track…

Any Pre ‘66 hot rod, Classic or Kustom can sign on and enjoy as many runs as they like (time permitting) all free of charge. Once the flag drops, use your speedy speed and iron nerve and possibly shut one eye if it helps... Display your car as fast as a speeding bullet or as slow as Chatabox driving his Granny to the shops. No brackets or classes, just loads of fun for every car, whatever the make, size, engine, or idiot behind the wheel…

For important safety advice and rules & regs click here.

FLIGHTS A backdrop of old planes will be taking off and landing during the course of the weekend and you can join them! Fly with Aero Legends in a real vintage plane! Buy your better half a fifteen minute flight as a treat (a treat for your ears) as you can then shop uninterupted by their whining… You may also want to buy them a sick bag as a thoughtful and practical gesture... before the flight, not after… NB: this is probably a good time to mention we are using luxury toilet and shower trailers on site from Andersons... which may well be required before, and after, any gravity defying experiences...


FOOD & DRINK
We can now bring in more food options at Headcorn (as well as their own cafe) so you can have gourmet burgers, fresh pizzas, vegetarian falafels and wraps, hog roasts, fish & chips, crepes, ice cream, specialist coffees and bacon & egg breakfasts.... But not all at once obviously. Our big sensibly priced marquee bars, with real ales and quick service will make a pleasant change from venues overcharging and lager so flat they could have served it in an envelope...


DEATH DO US PART DANGER SHOW As if you lot aren’t dangerous enough, we’ll be bringing in the rather aptly named Dangershow to make you laugh, cheer, tremble, wince holding your groin, look away and go eeeuurrghhh!!! at various moments… If you volunteer for this, we will simply view it as natural selection when something awful happens to you. Idiot! What were you thinking?

HANGAR PARTY Takes place each night in the genuine WW11 blister Hangar and who better to headline our new venuethan our most requested band, THE DELTA BOMBERS (USA) who vowed to return after their first show for us. The guys are busy in the US all year but their agent has agreed to let them loose for one week!! The Delta Bombers are flying in from Las Vegas to perform for the Hotrod Hayride faithful because you’ve asked for it, you deserve it and it might just help keep you out of mischief for an hour on Saturday night...

TIKKI STAGE Featuring live bands and DJs each afternoon to spoon great rockin music gently into your ears to wake you up…

Hosted by the incomparable KING KUKULELE (USA), who as many of you who have seen him at Viva Las Vegas or the Rockabilly Rave will know, is pretty much the funniest man on the planet.

Well certainly the funniest with a ukulele and a grass skirt...



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