Big Bang Camper & Bus Show - VW Festival Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th April 2016
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 2016 Report
Read the report from Big Bang Camper & Bus Show 2016, watch the highlights video and view the photo gallery.
You’d have been forgiven for thinking we were in the middle of Winter at the Big Bang Camper & Bus show this year as it was so cold we saw a sprinkling of snow in the early hours. Thankfully, it didn’t seem to dent anyone’s enthusiasm or put anyone off coming as once again you and your VWs turned out in your thousands making another cracking weekend.
The first trophy of the weekend was awarded to Rio who smashed away the competition and won the air hockey competition.
Unknowingly, the handling track was won on the Friday too due to a lack of entries on Saturday. Congratulations to Max Edwards in his nippy little Lupo GTI who set the quickest time of 26.34 seconds.
Winner Max Edwards
The drag strip was open briefly on Friday before rain stopped play and then again throughout Saturday morning for some RWYB action. We saw plenty of PB’s and wheels up entertainment from some interesting vehicles. The results of the RWYB competition were as follows:
13.2861 @ 96.73mph
18.0240 @ 70.18mph
13.8419 @ 101.28mph
14.3198 @ 100.96mph
Non Road Legal & Non VAG
9.3130 @ 144.31mph
Friday night played host to the dance night in the main marquee with a battle of the DJ’s between DJ Swifty B and Niki Dimensions as dance fans partied the night away. Over in the Fuelers bar the Jitterbug Jets had us all rocking and rolling all the way back to our tents and campers in the early hours.
Saturday was Rust & Rat day in the show paddock and we saw all manner of styles on show. Judging is always tough in this competition because it’s quite subjective but we’re sure that you’ll all agree with the eventual choices. All of the vehicles walking away with trophies just worked!
Rust & Rat
VW Split Bug
One year only crotch cooler, original suit cases from the dealership, need we say more?
This lacquered bay had its faded sign writing preserved with all of the ratty bits and pieces that ticked all the right boxes.
Best Other Air-Cooled
This squareback featured patina paint, black fuchs and in general, just worked.
This crazy van looked like it had been dragged out of a swamp and came complete with gimmicks all around including a hammock attachment, bird box, bike on the roof and loads more!
Roby and Harry Huath
Panel van split
Contrary to the exterior of this rat, the interior was extremely well presented and completed the whole rust & rat look featuring buffalo hide bench install up front!
Dom’s 25 had all the right touches, slammed to the ground, Porsche split rims, custom fuel tank and loads more. The judges were unanimous on their decision with this being the vehicle that they’d like to take home.
Throughout the weekend there was plenty to keep the kids occupied with Circus Whiz, pedal powered scalextric and the monstrous Titan the Robot shows. Cool Flo brought us some stunning buses to accompany their BMX displays throughout the weekend which left a number of jaws on the floor.
The human powered race is always an enormous affair and this weekends was no exception as hundreds of you completed, what feels like a mini marathon over the marathon weekend. The half mile, run, ride, skate, scoot or any other method of human powered transport was won by the following bike riders:
The table tennis competition was the next trophy to go out and that went to Sean Louth who came out triumphant.
Winner Sean Louth
Once the RWYB was over and done with, the drag racers hit the strip for the serious racing and there was a plethora of classes that kept us entertained throughout:
Winner Chris Creswell
Runner-up Jemma Hale
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster:
Winner Ruaridh Hart
Runner-up Billy Ringer
Winner Ian Chrichlow
Runner-up Jake Mechaell
Winner Richard Sawatzki
Runner-up Steve Ashby
Winner Richard Brook
Runner-up Christopher Bayliss
Winner Paul Day
Runner-up Dave Lea
Winner Cliff Griffin
Runner-up Phil Middleton
Winner David Greenhalgh
Runner-up Jeff Ludgate
Front Wheel Drive Series:
Winner Allan Duthie
Runner-up Ben Dalgleish
We’d also like to give a special mention to the 2 demonstration classes that ran over the weekend, Outlaw Flat Four and the Nostalgia Superstock who are just finding their feet, both of which we enjoyed seeing and we’re sure you did too. Commiserations to Dave Nicholls of the OFF in his Fiat 600 who, after a wild wheel stand rolled over onto its side.
The Sunday of the show was Show & Shine day and this is the more traditional show car competition. The paddock was rammed by the time judging came around and there were a few cars that went away empty handed that could have easily picked up a trophy on another day. Thanks to everyone who displayed their cars and well done to the following winners:
Show & Shine
Best of Show
This Cabrio was immaculate inside, outside and even in the engine bay – the stuff dreams are made of!
VW T25 California
Marks T25 was in full California spec and looked like it could have rolled straight out of the factory – a lovely example!
Sams beetle could fit right in to the VW scene from 20 years ago with a combination of radical and subtle modifications including a window conversion and de-seams.
Fred’s van was all about the interior as he’d turned the whole back end into a fully-blown DJ booth!
Chris’ T5 named Kermit had a full airbrush completed to the highest standard. You’d be forgiven for thinking some of the airbrushed holes were real!
VW Transporter T5
The Best engine award went to the van with a transplant as Andi had installed full RS4 running gear into this T5 which is no mean feat. It goes well too as Andi picked up the fastets water-cooled van trophy in the RWYB competition too!
VW Oval blue
Marks bug was in full resto-call spec and in pristine condition all round
Best Other Air-cooled
VW Type 3
The other air-cooled class caters for those vehicles that turn up in minorities but Ians flamed notch could have held its own against the rest of the competition in any category.
1981 Mk1 Golf GTi
Giovanni’s golf was a contender for the best original accolade but walked away with the best water-cooled instead after a full body restoration
The splitscreen buses represented a small portion of the show but the quality was second to none and Dougs bus earned him top honours as a fresh paintjob completed the whole package
This beautiful bay featured mad air ride with a bike lump of an engine out back and cool penny floor install inside!
Best Late Van
Jason was one of the first in the paddock and set cleaning up his awesome van & trailer combination. The attention to detail here with the paint and interior was second to none.
A K70 is so rare, we’re sure that there were people here who hadn’t seen one before – staff included. Not only was it present but it was in great nick.
VW Late Bay Tin Top
Garys late bay was an out and out show car with all the right gimmicks including a fleet of choppers and speaker system out front.
And that’s your lot, Big Bang has officially come of age and is over for another year. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did and we’d like to say a massive thanks to everyone who brought a VW along, especially the clubs and those of you who get involved with both the on and off track competitions. Don’t forget that if you enjoyed this one then you’ll love Bug Jam on the 22nd-24th July as it runs for the 30th time! No sign of a mid-life crisis just yet, we’ll see you there!
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