Big Bang

Big Bang Camper & Bus Show - VW Festival

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May 2019 - Santa Pod Raceway

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, 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 2018

Drag RacingDoorslammer Drag Racing

The track action will be Doorslammer racing which ran in the 1970’s and 1980’s and now returns to Santa Pod in a bigger and better format, along with a huge prize fund.

Six heads-up classes along with one huge Bracket class including the unlimited Pro Doorslammer, Pro Street, True Street, FWD, 4 Cylinder, 6 Cylinder and the Big Bracket.  Sat & Sun.

Details at

RWYBRun What Ya Brung - RWYB
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. Friday Only, £25 for unlimited runs. Full details


Show n ShineAutoglym Show & Shine Competition

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!). Sunday Autoglym

  • Best of Show
  • Best Original
  • Best Custom
  • Best Interior
  • Best Exterior
  • Best Engine
  • Best Beetle
  • Split, Bay & T25 Top 3
  • T4/5/6 Top 3
  • Best Pre-2005 Water-Cooled cars*
  • Best 2005 Onwards Water-Cooled cars*
  • Best Other Air-Cooled
  • Judges Choice
  • Promoters Choice

*Inc Caddies

How to Take Part:

  • Get your vehicle over to the Show Car Paddock on Sunday morning from 8am, 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.
Rust & RatRust & Rat

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

  • Trophies:
  • Best of Show
  • 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 MusicFree 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 everything from Motown soul to Rock ‘n’ Roll classics and DJs spinning the very best club dance anthems. The Marquee will be open from 7:30pm until 12am and Fuelers Bar until 1am.

Friday Marquee: DeeJay FX & Friends
Friday Fuelers Bar: The Outsiders
Saturday Marquee: Johnny & The Goodtime Boys
Saturday Fuelers Bar: Boxeddy

Details on the Music page.

*As part of your Sporting Event entrance only.

Monster TruckMonster Truck

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


Jet CarFireforce Jet Car
This is the fastest jet car in the world but driver, Martin Hill, makes 6-second quarter-mile runs look easy. With the motor generating the equivalent of 10,000bhp, just being able to see straight under this kind of acceleration is a major task!


Jet BusOklahoma 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.

BMX RampCool 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

SlippersSlippers the Split DJ Bus
Cool Flo will be joined by ‘Slippers the Split DJ Bus’ debuting their brand new DAS audio sound system for all to enjoy…all 32KW of it! With over 35 years combined industry experience this smokin’ VW has been designed by DJ's who simply wanted to make the ultimate fantasy sound stage.

Fair Fun RidesFun Fair Rides
All the fun of the fair with dodgems, arcades, waltzers, sideshows and more.

Drift BeetleDrift Beetle

The Bastouil Chaix drift beetle will be putting on an amazing show. This 200bhp car has been drifting since 1999 and competed in the Retro Drift Championship.

CampingCamping & Clubs
Separate campsites for General Camping, Family Camping, Club Camping, Quiet Camping and a Camper Van Only Field.

Club Camping
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.

Camplify - Caravans & RVs
Peer-to-peer caravan hire and RV-sharing community, Camplify provide a wide selection of RV accommodation that can be booked at the event. Visit

AutojumbleRetrojumble & Cars 4 Sale
Buyers: Retrojumble 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 6m x 6m spot in advance for £40 or it's first come first served on the day for £50. NO CLOTHING ALLOWED

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.


The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be flying over on Saturday with a Spitfire at 2pm and on Sunday with a Dakota at 2.19pm.

Nefarious – Pinstriping Demonstrations
Pinstriping guru, Simon ‘Nefarious’ Pollock will be joining us for the weekend demonstrating his advanced pinstriping skills. Bring along your crash helmets, body panels, travelmugs, smart phones or even complete cars and bikes to be pinstriped by one of Europe’s premier pinstripe artists. Acquire a cool new skill and have a go at pinstriping yourself with instruction from the team; if you want to bring your own glovebox, valve covers, or iPhone, or whatever you wish, you can be guided in how to stripe the item yourself.

Trade VillageTrade 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 Santa Pod merchandise.

Truck RidesMonster 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

AuctionBig Bang Bring & Buy Auction

The Bring and Buy Auction is the perfect place to buy (or sell) many items from car parts and BMXs to collectors favourites and VW memorabilia with the odd surprise thrown in! Simply bring your lots to Fuelers Bar 15 mins before the auction. All proceeds will be donated to the I DOnate Campaign. Anyone with public lots wishing to donate their winnings is welcome to as well.

The I DOnate Campaign works to encourage the people of Northamptonshire to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register; promoting and raising awareness, the campaign spreads the word through a range of exciting events and activities throughout the county.

Bars & CaterersBars & Caterers
There are multiple bars and a range of caterers to suit all tastes on site at Santa Pod Raceway. View details.

Kids Activities

Circus WhizCircus Whiz
An interactive circus skills workshop for all the family. Learn how to juggle, use diablos and devil sticks, spin a rope or plate, walk on pedal-gos, cups and fun stilts or just come and play.

Kids EntertainmentKids Entertainment

There will be plenty going on for youngsters, including a kids area with Face Painting and Ceramic Workshops, Kids Entertainers roaming around site and a Kids Disco.

Kids Disco: Cool disco, exciting party games & prizes galore.

Mini Monster TrucksMini Monster Trucks
Straight from the USA to the UK are Mini Monster truck rides for kids where you get to drive a real Miniature Version of Podzilla.

There will be extra fun for youngsters with inflatables and a climbing wall.

Action WheelsAction Wheels
A safe, friendly and exciting “Have-A-Go” two wheeled feature aimed at children aged 2 and upwards and of all abilities on two wheels. A child friendly Adventure Zone which includes balance beams, sea saws and rumble strips is created for the children to navigate their way around. Action Wheels supply a selection of bikes and safety gear that’s free to use for all ages and abilities.

Big Bang 2018 Photo Gallery

View photos from Big Bang 2018 on the Facebook Gallery. Report and Video coming soon.

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