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Big Bang Camper & Bus Show - VW Festival 2014
Friday 11th to Sunday 13th 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 Camper & Bus Show 2014 Report

Read the report from Big Bang Camper & Bus Show 2014 below and view a gallery of photos on Facebook.

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Big Bang Camper & Bus Show 2014 Report

The Big Bang Camper and Bus Show 2014 really did open the VW Show season at Santa Pod with a bang! A busy, action packed weekend provided entertainment for all and despite an early date, the sun shone all weekend!

The track was open throughout the weekend offering track time galore, commencing with the VWDRC track hire on Friday and then RWYB on Saturday morning. As always, a vast array of bugs, campers and water-coolers with everything with everything in between took to the track resulting in the following RWYB Winners:

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Class A – Aircooled Cars

Andy Searle
VW Beetle
11.9145 @ 109.91mph


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Class B – Aircooled Vans

Phil Jalvis
VW Panel Van
13.2772 @ 95.7mph


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Class C – Watercooled Cars

Robert Gibb
VW Golf
12.9049 @ 104.57mph


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Class D – Watercooled Vans

Ian Court
VW Crew Cab
12.7329 @ 110.31mph


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Class X – Non Road Legal & All Non VW

Lee Capaldi
ZX12 Kart
10.4102 @ 123.6mph

As usual, the Human powered race was an outstanding event with the track packed full of kids and adults alike flying down the track on their push bikes, scooters, roller blades and all sorts of wild and whacky contraptions. There were a few collisions and incidents along the way but the overall winners were as follows:

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Under 16 Winner:
Ryan Howlett
Over 16 Winner:
Jaygun Evans

Over in the Live Action Arena, Broke FMX struggled in the breezy conditions and despite a tumble, still managed to amaze the crowd with some impressive acrobatics. Santa Pod’s very own 5 tonne Monster truck Podzilla was smashing and destroying cars while jumping as high as possible. In between the live action shows the Red Dragon Ride truck complete with new livery was offering the chance for passenger rides in a monster truck.

The handling track was ran over two days and saw Jamie Holland piped to the post by his mate, Darren Clarke. Darren wouldn’t have even been able to enter if Jamie hadn’t leant him his VW Lupo! Jamie must be kicking himself now!

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Handling Track
Winner
David Clarke
VW Lupo – 33.7

In the Adrenaline zone, the BMX demons were amazing the crowds with 360’s, tail whips and backflips while the Mountain Board stunt team did their best to replicate the stunts on their boards opposite. These awesome show cases drew huge crowds on each of their shows.
The Circus was in town and performed throughout the weekend, with some of the UK’s best circus performers. The show featured acrobats, a Contortionist and of course not forgetting the clown! After each show, the kids were invited into the arena to have a go themselves. Let’s hope no one ran away with them afterwards!

The Fuelers bar was busy all weekend with the FIFA and crash team racing competitions which the kids dominated despite a close final in the crash team racing competition.

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Tom Sheldon

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Joe Tyrell

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Team Yazoo

Later in the day Ray Ronson, took to the stage with his hypnotist show which was a great laugh and left the audience bewildered. Volunteers performed all manner of acts in front of the onlooker crowd which included dancing, acting and more.

The Big Bang Charity auction not only provided a great laugh but also raised over £340 for Macmillans Cancer support, a huge thank you to everyone who donated to a fantastic cause.
Jenson D Groover and Soul Town Six took over the Fuelers Bar on Friday evening providing a Soul sensation as an alternative to the dance night in the marquee hosted by up and coming female DJ’s Ash Fern and Sarah Giggle. On Saturday night, Robbie Williams tribute act Mike Andrews undoubtedly stole the show with a packed arena blasting out all of the classics before Maroon 4 and Jensen D Groover (this time in pop guise) closed the show. In Fuelers, Rob Rule’s hard rock and heavy metal road show combined with the Lazzy Band had the crowd rocking all the way to their tents.

The Rust & Rat and Show & Shine displays saw over 130 cars and vans show up to impress the judges resulting in a hard fought competition and plenty of arguments in the judges camp. Saturday saw some of the rattiest dubs in the scene take over the show paddock and despite many of these vehicles looking like they’ve just been pulled from the ocean after years of rot, close inspection revealed some awesome one off touches and some incredible engineering:

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Best Beetle
Lewis Savage
1963 rag top bug


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Best Van
Jay Turnock
VW Early Bay Deluxe T2


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Best Other Aircooled
Matt Ward
VW Ghia convertible


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Best Watercooled
Dan Holmes
Polo


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Best Interior
Paul Millard
VW Split


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Judges Choice
Dave Hall
Barndoor Kombi Split

On Sunday there was business as usual with the more familiar sight for the Autoglym Show paddock. Judging was made extremely difficult but after some discussion, best of show was eventually awarded to Jason Bond and his flawless 1962 split. The standard of vehicles throughout were incredible.

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Best of Show
Jason Bond
1962 Splitscreen Devon


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Best Original
Kevin Mclean
Mk2 Scirocco Scala


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Best Custom
Simon Rooke
VW T5


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Best Interior
Martyn Lawrence
VW transporter T4


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Best Exterior
Lee Scott
Golf Mk1 GTi


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Best Engine and Show & Go
Neil Payne
VW Beetle


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Best Beetle
Mark Pateman
Oval Bug


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Best Other Air-Cooled
Craig Last
VW Type 34 Razor Edge


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Best Water-Cooled
Edwin Hannah
Mk1 Golf


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Best Splitty
Franklyn Carter
VW Splitscreen 1963


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Best Bay

Peter Line
Bay Window


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Best Late Van
Debbie Smith
T5


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Judge's Choice
Jon Papworth
VW T4 + Trailer


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Promoters Choice
George Gesonis
VW splitscreen 15 window deluxe


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Hayburner Choice
Freddie Lynch
VW type 3

The pro Drag Racers hit the track for the first round of their National Championships. There was a great entry and some fascinating races throughout qualifying and eliminations. The winners and runners up of each class were:

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VW Pro

Winner James Hodson
Runner-up Jacob Bailey


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VW Sportsman

Winner Adrian London
Runner-up Polly Judge


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Jap Drag Series Street

Winner Liam Concannon
Runner-up Jeff Ludgate


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Sportsman ET

Winner Ethan Lisle
Runner-up Matthew Moxon


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Lucas Oil Junior Dragster

Winner Shannon Kiddell
Runner-up Joe Holland-Villa


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Outlaw Anglia

Winner Cliff Griffin
Runner-up Colin Millar


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8.50 Bike

Winner Jake Mechaell
Runner-up Martin Walker


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9.50 Bike

Winner Richard Sawatzki
Runner-up Alex Hope

The trade area was busy with a huge variety of stands selling; VW car parts, T-shirts and stickers. The Autojumble area was packed to the rafters offering more used VW parts than you could ever wish for!

All that remains is to say a huge Thank you to everyone who came along and supported this early show, all of us here at Santa Pod Raceway hope that you all had a great time. We look forward to seeing you back again for Bug Jam 28 on July 18th-20th if not before!

View more photos in the Gallery on Facebook.

 

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