Big Bang Camper & Bus Show 2013
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th April
Read the report below and view more photos on the 2013 Gallery page.
Big Bang Camper & Bus Show 2013 Report
The Big Bang Camper and Bus Show was well and truly back on track (quite literally) in 2013 with a weekend full of action and fun. Gates opened early on Friday morning which saw a steady stream of VW’s of all shapes and sizes arriving all day long. The track opened sporadically due to the Great British weather system but saw some excellent VAG and race vehicles take advantage of the RWYB session and make the most of their day. The Garden Games was a new attraction to Big Bang but provided a big kids playground full of space hoppers, swingball for both hands and feet and outdoor bowling!
Humphrey Milles entertained the crowds with his Acoustic set before the Circus Whiz Party kept the kids entertained. The Wii Just Dance competition took place in the Fuelers Bar providing an opportunity for the little girls within us all to come out and play. Congratulations to Elanor for taking the trophy with a brilliant performance.
||Wii Just Dance Competition
The evening entertainment has become a highlight for many at the Big Bang Camper & Bus Show and it’s safe to say that the performance from “ The Greatest Take That” will be remembered by many as they performed all of the hits to perfection. Over in the Fuelers Bar DJ First Rate kept those Hip Hop fans amused for the night.
Activities commenced bright and early on Saturday morning and for some it involved herding goats who had somehow found their way into Santa Pod, one of the most bizarre and amusing attractions ever seen here at Santa Pod – thanks to those that helped us to get them home safely.
The Rust & Rat competition took place and provided another stunning field of alternative show cars. Congratulations to all of our winners:
The Speedcross Gymkhana course was open throughout the weekend providing a more thrilling experience for those budding race drivers. Circus Whiz were in full force as they entertained the younger crowds all day long and the skate park entertained those that had brought their own wheels. There really was plenty going on for the little ones with a kids party later in the day too.
The RWYB sessions continued throughout Saturday morning resulting in the following winners:
Well Done to all winners and thanks for making the most of your weekend and getting involved with proceedings on the drag strip.
Inbetween the RWYB and the start of Drag Racing the quarter mile was filled with runners, skaters, cyclists and scooters for the Human Powered Race.
||Human Powered Race
Under 16 Winner:
Over 16 Winner:
The crowd favourite resident monster truck of Drew Thornton was doing its thing in the Live Action Arena crushing anything in it’s path which resulted in some awesome sky wheelies.
As the intermittent hail storms interfered with the schedule on the drag strip there was plenty going on elsewhere on site including the bands Abandon Her and Khorosho in the main marquee.
The Handling Track as sponsored by the Apex Festival this weekend was as always a popular attraction providing the opportunity to prove your driving ability in your own wheels. Congratulations to Leon Chisnall in his Golf who came out on top of the pile with the trophy and some Apex Festival goodies.
The SBX freestyle show went down an absolute storm including both their shows in the marquee and in the Fuelers Bar on Saturday evening. Onlookers were dazzled by their amazing foot & basketball control and dancing.
The annual Big Bang Charity Auction in aid of the Air Ambulance proved popular as ever and raised a massive £359.30 so thanks to everyone who bought something and contributed.
The Guitar Hero competition is always a popular and insanely close competition and 2013’s fight for the title was no different. Dozens took part but there was only one winner so big congrats to Nick who clinched the trophy in a nail-biting final.
|| Guitar Hero Competition
Winner: Nick Adamson
Runner-up: Sarah Spotswood
The fireworks lit up the night sky soon after the last pair of cars tore up the drag strip providing a fitting end to the days activities.
Then it was into party mode for the evening with the Fool Fighters whipping the crowd up into the frenzy whilst Now & Then packed out the Fuelers Bar.
Sunday was Show & Shine day and there was a beautiful selection of VW’s on display making judging incredibly difficult. But we had to find some winners and the eventual winners are as follows:
The Drag Strip is always a focal point around Big Bang and despite only getting 1qualifier in on Saturday evening, the Sunday ran a lot smoother completing all outstanding qualifying and eliminations. There was some excellent racing from all classes including the ever entertaining VWDRC. Congratulations to the following winners in each class:
So that’s it for another year, the Big Bang Camper and Bus show has been and gone for another year and despite the odd rain/hail showers, it was still an awful lot drier than 2012! Thanks to everyone who came back and supported the show, including all of the clubs. We shall see you all back here for Big Bang 2014, if not at Bug Jam on the 19th-21st July.
2013 Event Merchandise will be available to order online at www.santapod.co.uk/shop.php.
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