Air Race Has Taken Off

With the final preparations completed, Drayton Manor’s highly anticipated new thrill ride, Air Race, is officially airborne. The new attraction was officially launched on Saturday 5th July with the help of one of the UK’s hottest pop bands, The Vamps.

The teen heart-throbs, Bradley Simpson, James McVey, Connor Ball and Tristan Evans, opened the theme park’s £1.2million attraction, accompanied by a dazzling confetti cannon display, before fastening their seatbelts for the first flight, alongside lucky competition winners.

Visitors to the park were also treated to a sensational acoustic performance from The Vamps, where excited fans watched them perform their hit songs Somebody To You, Can We Dance and Cecilia, ahead of their debut ‘Meet The Vamps’ headline tour later this year.

Following the official launch, visitors to the park had the chance to take a seat in one of the six, four-seater aeroplane carriages and experience banks, loops, dives and accelerations of almost 4G for themselves.

Air Race is the latest addition to the existing line-up of exhilarating rides, including thrill-seeker favourites Maelstrom, G-Force, 54-metre tower drop, Apocalypse, and Europe’s only stand-up rollercoaster, Shockwave.

Colin Bryan, Managing Director of Drayton Manor, commented:

Air Race has been a highly anticipated addition to the park, and the atmosphere here today has reflected this. The Vamps really helped bring the event to life with a fantastic acoustic performance, making this something that will be remembered for years to come.

Drayton Manor is also home to Europe’s only Thomas Land attraction, with 21 rides and attractions based on the ever popular Thomas & Friends series. It also boasts a stunning 4D Cinema, as well as a fantastic 15-acre zoo which is home to over 100 different species.  

Air Race at Drayton Manor