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A veritable celebration of vehicles, retro, and where the past is the future, Backfire Promotions and Race The Waves in partnership with Whitby Steampunk Weekend are all in one place for all of your leisure pleasure, automotive excellence, and Steampunk shopping and sonic fix, all in the exceptionally beautiful surroundings of the Royal Hall and Foreshore and Sands, Bridlington.

Inside The Royal Hall in Bridlington Spa will feature around 60 Purveyors of the finest Steampunk, Alternative and Goth Stands, Live Entertainment, Tea Room, Bars, Cars, Scooters and Bikes as Art Installations and much more.

Outside The Royal Hall on the Foreshore and Sands is a truly Retro experience and will feature vehicles racing on the sands, and a veritable display of Rat Rods, Hot Rods, Vehicles and Bikes for example.

Thousands lined the Bridlington foreshore in June 2019 to enjoy this unique  and internationally attended experience, and massive crowds came to visit, as the advertising and promotion (and race entries) is literally worldwide.

Together, nothing like this had been seen before, this isn’t just an event, it’s a souped up Steampunk Industrial, Mechanical marvel, and an automotive automatic, hydromatic happening!

Race the Waves is about being inclusive and the taking part, where everyone involved from the audience to the entrants gives of themselves to create an engaging atmosphere.

The BACKFIRE invitation to run vehicles along the Bridlington Sands is indeed a privilege and not bestowed lightly to those we wish to engage.

Everyone’s a winner who takes part with the display on the beach, as they all have made the huge contribution and effort to conquer the playing field which Mother Nature has served us for our abuse until she retrieves with her briny veil.

RULES: there are no rules, rather Respect and Gentlemanly conduct to all which is paramount to our BACKFIRE events.

Race the Waves at Bridlington is a phenomenon in the UK motoring world. We have created a Retro event and styled towards the 1950s. This allows for the inclusion of later constructions to be involved, especially custom builds. Period correct vehicles from earlier years are most welcome but again not in a stock form (unless produced for racing)

Our wish is for the next generations to become involved too with the offer to run some children’s classes on Sunday the 2nd of June with their Tot Rods. This element gives families a chance to encourage youngsters to be creative and take part. Preference for inclusion will be offered to those who have actively constructed or adapted their vehicle.

Attire.. ladies and gentlemen we value our event visuals and the resulting photography, therefore Retro attire is of paramount importance to the beach engagement. Our audience will be encouraged towards a Retro dress code too.

BACKFIRE Race the Waves is in its infancy but is supported by an endless passion and an unquantifiable enthusiasm to succeed.. Hope to see you on the sand, 9th & 10th May 2020

“There are times in our lives when we realise we have been privileged to have witnessed an event. September 8th 2018 was one of those times for me. I know what come now will be bigger, better, faster and louder but I can say “I was there”. I will be there next year and I hope that those who come along go away with the same feelings and emotions that Race the Waves allowed for me.”  – The Hotrod Photographer