Big Bang Camper & Bus Show - VW Festival 2015 Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April
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.
Big Bang 2015 Report / Video / Gallery
Read the report from Big Bang Camper & Bus Show 2015, watch the highlights video and view the photo gallery.
After what seems like an awfully long winter it was pleasing for all to see hordes of VWs invade Santa Pod once more. As Friday began the dubs began trickling through the gates and the campsites slowly filled up. On track on Friday and Saturday morning it was RWYB time with plenty of V dubbers having a go and getting in some track time. Congratulations to all of our winners of the RWYB competition that were as follows:
Class A - Aircooled Cars
13.7922 @ 94.25mph
Class B - Aircooled Vans
16.5714 @ 81.23mph
Class C - Watercooled Cars (Inc Caddies)
Class D - Watercooled Vans
VW Crew Cab (Subaru Engine)
Class X - Non Road Legal & All Non VW
San Martin Jose
9.4167 @ 149.55mph
Also on Friday afternoon was the Burnout 3 competition and as usual it was won by a youngster so well done to Josh who quite literally smashed the competition with a score of 235,916.
Burnout 3 competition
As dusk fell the Fuelers bar wound up a night of Indie themed goodness with local covers band Slim 47 and DJ Pete Fern. Meanwhile in the marquee, DJ Craig Cut Up Jones warmed up for legendary DMC world champion Roger Johnson who played out the evening.
Saturday emerged with a few blurry eyes from the night before but the Rust and Rat competition got underway with some excellent examples of ratty vehicles. Well done to all of the winners:
Rust & Rat!
Best Other Air-cooled
New VW Beetle
The 3Sixty stunt team were on point all weekend with their awesome trials bike and bmx display. They had everything from backflips to bunny hops, jumps and more and they drew a great crowd for each show who were then invited into the arena to have a go on the bikes themselves!
The Live Action Arena was also up and running throughout the weekend and there were some incredible stunts from world record holder Terry Grant, Jason Smyth and some huge jumps from Drew Thornton in Podzilla.
Martin Hill put in a storming run of in the FireForce 3 Jet funny car before hopping into FireForce 5 and treating us to a couple of passes in the dragster as well. Unusually though, Martin wasn’t quite the quickest car on site as Liam Jones put in a couple of ground shaking runs on Saturday as part of his Top Fuel Dragster licencing procedure. On his best run of the day he crossed the 1000ft finish line in just 4.4 seconds at a shade under 200mph so he’s well on his way to getting his licence – well done Liam!
Sunday was show day and as usual there were some top quality vehicles on show which made for some difficult judging so congratulations to the eventual winners:
Show & Shine
Best in Show
VW Polo Coupe Parade
VW T4 Transporter Campervan
Best Other Air-Cooled (Hayburner Choice)
VW Karmann Ghia
Golf 4 Motion
VW T2 Bay
’68 1200 Beetle
Ultra VW Choice
VW Beetle (Volksrod)
A new attraction for 2015 was the comedy club 4 kids which proved to be hilarious for adults and kids alike! Circus whiz also helped to keep the kids amused with their circus workshops. There was also a huge contingent of youngsters taking part in the Human Powered race and it was very pleasing to see the winner of the under 13’s category crossing the finish line first overall. Thanks to everyone that took part and congratulations to our winners:
Inevitably it was a youngster that took the Need for Speed ps3 game trophy too well done to Reece on that one!
Need for Speed
The live auction in aid of the Marie Curie charity raised a very impressive £480.50 with all proceeds going to charity so thanks to everyone who got involved with that one! The auction was swiftly followed by Jensen D Groovers spot the intro quiz which was once again very well supported so congrats to the winners who clinched the victory by a single point:
It was another huge night of music on Saturday evening with the Addicted to 80’s tribute band and Jensen D Groover hosting the main marquee whilst SkaSouls and DJ Scooter Jay had the Fuelers Bar bopping away to some ska sounds.
Sunday was race day which meant it was time for the pro’s to hit the strip and there was some awesome racing throughout. Here are the winners from the weekend in their respective classes:
Winner Craig Wright
Runner-up Ricky Hale
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster:
Winner Tyler Ashdown
Runner-up Billy Everitt
Winner Jay Roe
Runner-up Jake Mechaell
Winner Alex Hope
Runner-up Adrian Cattell
Winner Paul Bargate
Runner-up Sam Young
Winner Dave Lea
Runner-up Paul Herbert
Winner Cliff Griffin
Millers Oil JDS Street:
Winner Jeff Ludgate
Runner-up David Greenhalgh
Front Wheel Drive Series:
Winner Glenn Robson
Runner-up Guy Chamberlain
We’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone that came along and enjoyed the weekend with us. As expected, the little rain we did have overnight didn’t spoil the fun and it certainly didn’t dampen spirits. Thanks again and we’ll see you again next year if not at Bug Jam and VW Action!
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