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Big Bang

Big Bang Camper & Bus Show - VW Festival
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April 2017

Big Bang VW festival is the first and friendliest VW show on the calendar. Despite high-octane racing and two music arenas, the festival remains as laid-back and family friendly as ever. All Vee Dubs welcome!

Three days of VW fun with great racing, music and entertainment at the home of European Drag Racing! All Beetles and buses, campers and Caddies, Golfs and Ghias are welcome at the show to enjoy the Run What Ya Brung (RWYB), show & shine, Drag Racing, or simply filling the camp sites with VWs and chilling out. Weekend entry is from 9am Friday.


What's on at Big Bang:

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Run What Ya Brung
Fri (Peak Performance) 9.30am-7pm - £50 (£40 adv) for unlimited runs, Sat (VAG only) 9.30am-2.30pm - £15 for unlimited runs

Take your own car down the strip! Learn the basics of Drag Racing, beat your mates and test your car in a safe and legal environment. All drivers must bring a valid driving licence to sign on.

RWYB Classes (Sat only) - Everyone signing on for RWYB on Saturday will be put into classes with trophy for fastest:

  • Class A - Aircooled Cars
  • Class B - Aircooled Vans
  • Class C - Watercooled Cars (Inc Caddies)
  • Class D - Watercooled Vans
  • Class X - Non Road Legal & All Non VAG

See the RWYB page for more info on RWYB and competition classes. If you can't wait until Big Bang, visit for a full calendar of RWYB dates at Santa Pod Raceway.


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Drag Racing (Sun 9am-4pm + Sat qualifying 4pm-8pm) - Things get serious on the dragstrip on Sunday with championship drag racing from VWDRC Pro and VWDRC Sportsman, Nostalgia Funny Car, Outlaw Anglia, FWD Drag Series, 8.50 Bike, 9.50 Bike, Sportsman ET and Junior Dragster.

VWDRC Nostalgia Funny Car FWD

View more info on the Drag Racing page.


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Autoglym Show & Shine Competition (Sunday) - Got an awesome custom car, rare original or restored stunner?

Whatever species of VW it is, if it looks cool, get it into the Show & Shine on Sunday. It's free to enter with trophies and Autoglym prizes for the winners. (VWs only – NO VAG!).   Autoglym

  • Trophies:
  • Best of Show
  • Best Original
  • Best Custom
  • Best Interior
  • Best Exterior
  • Best Engine
  • Best Beetle
  • Best Other Air-cooled
  • Best Water-cooled
  • Best Split
  • Best Bay
  • Best T25/T4/T5/LT
  • Judges Choice
  • Promoters Choice

How to Take Part:

  • Get your vehicle over to the Show Car Paddock on Sunday morning (from 9am… please no earlier!), where you will be parked up.
  • Fill in your entry form, available from the Show & Shine unit.
  • Make sure you're back in the Show & Shine area for the presentations to see if you've won.


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Rust & Rat! (Saturday) - If you lust for rust or are partial to patina, then get your car, van or bus into the Rat line-up in Show Car Paddock from 9am and we’ll be awarding trophies for the coolest cars out there.

  • Trophies:
  • Best Beetle
  • Best Van
  • Best Other Air-cooled
  • Best Water-cooled
  • Best Interior
  • Judge's Choice

How to Take Part:

  • Get your vehicle over to the Show Car Paddock on Saturday morning (from 9am… please no earlier!), where you will be parked up.
  • Fill in your entry form, available from the Show & Shine unit.
  • Make sure you're back in the Show & Shine area for the presentations to see if you've won.


Live Bands

Free Live Music* - A full line-up of brilliant party tunes and serious live music across 2 arenas. Whatever floats your boat, there’s bound to be something to make you boogie at Big Bang, including live bands playing modern rock and pop, and DJs spinning club classics and dance anthems. The Marquee will be open from 8pm until 12am and Fuelers Bar until 1am.

Friday Marquee: Funky Essex (DJs)
Friday Fuelers Bar:The Black Market Band (Indie Rock Cover Band)
Saturday Marquee: UK Beach Boys (Beach Boys tribute act) & Blues Brothers Tribute Band
Saturday Fuelers Bar: Undivided (Boy Band experience) & Karaoke with ‘Manilow Murphy’

Black Market UK Beach Boys Blues Brothers

Funky SX Undivided

Details on the Music page.

*As part of your Sporting Event entrance only.


Circus - The Pinders Circus will be bringing a dazzling family circus show to Big Bang with performers ready to astound young and old alike. Pinders


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Clubs - Club camping areas are available to book with discounts available on large group bookings. View full details and download a booking form on the Clubs page.


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Camping for All - Separate campsites for General Camping, Family Camping, Club Camping, Quiet Camping and a Camper Van Only Field.


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Kids Entertainment - There will be plenty going on for youngsters, including a kids area with Arts & Crafts, Face Painting and Ceramic Workshops, Kids Entertainers roaming around site and an evening Kids Disco at 6pm on Saturday.


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Monster Truck - The Monster Truck Podzilla will delight adults and kids with it’s awesome car-crushing show of strength on Saturday and Sunday.   Podzilla


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Human Powered Racing - Saturday lunchtime fun on the dragstrip: Strictly no engines allowed, but this is still going to be a competitive and hard-fought race with prizes for the first competitor Over 13 years old, the first Under 13 and Wackiest Racer. Use your ingenuity to cover half a mile as quickly as possible. Run it, skate it or cycle it. Just turn up at the start line 5 minutes before the race and use your brains or brawn to take the prize!


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Oklahoma Willy - The Jet Bus - This 1958 VW pick up spent most of her life on a farm in Oklahoma. Over the last 4 years the truck has undergone a total nut and bolt restoration and has been re-engineered to introduce modern components. The Rolls Royce Viper 535 jet engine is from a fighter jet with an afterburner added to produce a maximum power output of 5000 lbs of thrust which can be roughly translated to 5000 BHP.


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Cool Flo BMX Ramp - Cool Flo will be bringing their skate ramp to Big Bang along with their team of Pro riders who will be putting on regular demonstration shows over the weekend.

The ramp will also be open for public sessions.   Cool Flo


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Baja and Buggy Course - Take your off-road dub for some mild fun in the dirt. A short grass and dirt track will include fun corners and gentle bumps to let you get your kicks and show off your ride. Free entry for all suitable vehicles.


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Jensen D Groover Spot the Intro - Spot The Intro music quiz hosted by Jensen D Groover. You might be the team to beat in your local boozer but here at Big Bang you’ll be taking on teams from all over the Country so make sure you bring your A game. There’s a trophy up for grabs for the winning team.


Pin Striping

Live Pin Striping Demos - Pinstriping as an art-form is as old as the hills, more commonly associated with coachlining, barge painting and Romany wagons. But it's also a big part of the hotrod and VW scene, so watch a master at work at Big Bang: Nefarious will be doing LIVE pin-striping demos at the show.


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Trade Village - As always there will be a huge variety of traders selling; VW parts, new and vintage clothes, festival supplies, jewellery and more! Also, check out the Pod Shops for daily essentials and Big Bang merchandise.

If you would like to trade at Big Bang you can download info from the Exhibitor Packs page.


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Autojumble - Buyers: Autojumble is your chance to find rare & vintage parts for your classic Vee-Dub.

Sellers: If you have a veritable scrapyard of second hand parts at home or just a handful of spares, autojumble is the place to sell. Please phone 01234 782828 to book your spot in advance for £40 or it's first come first served on the day for £50, 6m x 6m pitches are free once you've bought your weekend tickets but there will be a charge for larger pitches.


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Monster Truck Rides - Rides in the back of the monster truck Red Dragon will be available each day. (Passengers must be over 3ft tall)   Red Dragon


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2 Seater Dragster - For the ultimate thrill ride, the 7 second Santa Pod 2 Seater Dragster will be running with passenger rides available. Details at


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Big Bang Bring & Buy Auction - Buy and sell stuff: car parts, BMXs, VW memorabilia. Keep your winnings or donate a percentage to charity, it’s your choice. Bring your lots to Fuelers Bar 15mins before the auction. All proceeds will be donated to British Heart Foundation.


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Mobile Phone App - Enhance your visit to Santa Pod with the 1320go App which lets you view live timing data on your mobile phone. Details on the App page.


Nitro spacer Nitro FM 96.2 - Based in Race Control and broadcasting live during Big Bang. Listen to track commentary as it happens with driver interviews and competitions. Nitro FM want you to get involved when they're on air - text POD followed by your message to 88222, with questions, messages or just request your favourite tune.


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Food & Drink - Full catering and bar facilities all weekend, with food to suit every taste.
Sideshows - kids entertainment, weird and wonderful VW related madness and more.
Cars For Sale Paddock - Just like the small ads, but instead of a little picture, you get to look at the whole car! Free for buyers and sellers. Just turn up on the day.


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Santa Pod Raceway - Big Bang is held at Santa Pod Raceway, the UK's premier Drag Strip in the middle of England on the border of Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire. For full venue details please visit


Big Bang 2016 Report and Gallery

If you didn't make it to Big Bang lat year then find out what you missed with the 2016 Report, highlights video and the Gallery on Facebook.


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