Big Bang

Big Bang Camper & Bus Show - VW Festival

NEW DATE! Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May 2018 - 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.

Big Bang 2018 Photo Gallery

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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

Test DayAll Torque Test Day
Race tyres only! Open test day with a fully prepped track and maximum track time for all serious enthusiasts. Friday Only

Full details at

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 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.
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 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 modern rock and pop, and DJs spinning club classics and dance anthems. The Marquee will be open from 8pm until 12am and Fuelers Bar until 1am.

Friday Marquee:DJ Jason P Kiss FM
Friday Fuelers Bar: Skamungas
Saturday Marquee: Just The Way To Mars (Bruno Mars Tribute act)
Saturday Fuelers Bar: Music Quiz then Neon Valley (Covers Band)

Details on the Music page.

*As part of your Sporting Event entrance only.

Sounds Familiar Music QuizSounds Familiar Music Quiz

A party in a music quiz format…. It’s like 8 club-nights in one evening playing clips of tracks and all the teams have to do is name the track and the artist…easy as that. With 100 eclectic tracks per quiz, SFMQ only play the best bits. By the end of the night, the crowd are on their feet (or in some case – the tables) dancing and singing into their inflatable microphones! What’s more, unlike with most quizzes, prize for the winners, second and third as well as a LOSER prize and a Best Team Name award. Simply put, it’s a brilliant night out – but don’t take our word for it, join the party this Big Bang. Saturday Fuelers Bar

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!


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.


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

Pillow - Camping & Glamping
Pre-pitched tents or glamping tents at Santa Pod Raceway are available from Pillow. Visit

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

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

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.

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.

Reign of FireMini Jet Car
‘Reign of Fire’ is a GBC Mini Pro Funny Car and is powered by a Rolls Royce Gnome jet engine. Piloted by Lee Dennick, this mini jet car will be doing exhibition runs on the track.

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 Big Bang merchandise.

AutojumbleAutojumble & Cars 4 Sale
Buyers: Autojumble 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.

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.

Pin StripingLive Pin Striping Demo
Pinstriping as an art-form is as old as the hills, more commonly associated with coachlining, barge painting and Romany wagons. But it's also a big part of the hotrod and VW scene, so watch a master at work at Big Bang: Nefarious will be doing LIVE pin-striping demos at the show.

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. Simply bring your lots to Fuelers Bar 15 mins before the auction. All proceeds will be donated to Francescas Research Fund (Non Hogkins Lymphoma Charity.) Anyone with public lots wishing to donate their winnings is welcome to as well.

2 seater ride2 Seater Dragster
For the ultimate thrill ride, the 7 second Santa Pod 2 Seater Dragster will be running with passenger rides available. (Saturday & Sunday) Details at

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

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. (5pm - 7pm Sat)

Dexter the DinosaurDexter the Dinosaur

This Big Bang meet Dexter the Dinosaur, a 4-metre long, walking, roaring baby Tyrannosaurus Rex! On Saturday and Sunday, Dexter and his Wranglers will be performing interactive shows; in-between shows, meet & greet the Baby Dinosaurs, a Triceratops, T.Rex and Stegosaurus. The wranglers have Dexter well trained but beware when he’s having a walkabout, this 2 year old, half a ton monster still likes to get up to mischief!

Area InbetweenArea Inbetween Youth Arts
NEW for 2018, Area Inbetween will be providing fun and engaging creative activities for the youngsters. This collective of artists and youth workers will be holding workshops focusing on Art & Crafts, Break Dancing, Music Production, Djing and Film Making including a Chill Out Zone with Board Games, Pool Table, Giant Dart Board and a whole lot of FUN!

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 2017
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Drag Racing
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Santa Pod Raceway
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Nitro FM
Nitro FM on 96.2 will be broadcasting all weekend with live track commentary, a selection of great music, interviews and chat to keep you informed and entertained throughout the day.

Food & Drink
There will be licensed bars and a range of caterers on site including the indoor Pitstop Cafe.

Mailing List
Fill out your e-mail address on the Newsletter page to receive the Santa Pod Email News Letter and you will also be entered into a monthly prize draw to win a £50 Santa Pod Raceway gift voucher.

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