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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.

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That festival feeling was well and truly in the air this weekend as Big Bang 2019 hosted an explosive, jam-packed schedule for all you VW lovers of all ages. Whether you joined us for the track action, show cars, fun fuelled family entertainment or just a good knees up, we hope you all had a great time with us here at Santa Pod; this weekend certainly offered more ‘bang’ for ya buck with the unique racing on track from Doorslammers and the vantastic line up from Transitmania!

Throughout the weekend there was plenty of action both on and off the track to keep us entertained. Cool Flo BMX brought their team of outstanding Pro riders showcasing demos alongside the awesome Slippers the Split DJ Bus! Podzilla was causing car crushing monster truck mayhem in the Live Action Arena alongside The Bastouil Chaix Drift Beetle who unfortunately broke after one show but don’t despair, this French 200bhp bug will be back for Bug Jam 33 in the Summer!

We hope you all enjoyed the Doorslammers portion of this weekend! For all the exhilarating track action from this unique, one of a kind race events, please visit www.thedoorslammers.co.uk.

Friday night in the marquee showcased Big Bang’s dance night with DeeJay FX providing some banging beats for you all to party to. Over in Fuelers Bar, the brilliant and ever so cool Outsiders took us on a journey through the 50s with those great tunes we all know and love. You hope you all enjoyed jivin’ and rock ‘n’ rollin along!

The Show Paddock on Saturday hosted the Rust & Rat competition. We saw styles and designs on display. This competition is always tough as it can prove to be instinctive and abstract. Well done to the following winners:

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Rust n Rat
Best Of Show: Carl Glew – Yellow 1961 VW Beetle – Static Ride. 
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Rust n Rat
Best Beetle: Sam Bradley – Red 1974 VW Beetle 160e – Drift Beetle.
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Rust n Rat
Best Van: Rich Martin – Blue 1962 VW Spilt Sundial.
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Rust n Rat
Best Other Air-Cooled: Steve Parker – Black 1969 Morri, VW, Hillman.
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Rust n Rat
Best Water-Cooled: “Twisted VW Freaks” – Rusty Brown 2002 VW Lupo – All home built, custom wood built interior. Rusty head liner, dash. Custom roll cage, Exterior painted at home, matching wheels – daily driver!
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Rust n Rat
Best Interior: Stephen Hooper “Lipton” – Cream 1999 VW T4 – Homebuilt ‘modded’ almost everything.
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Rust n Rat
Judges Choice: Judges Choice – Orange 1956 VW S6 Splitty Panel Van – Hydraulic suspension, lower than low! 
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Show n Shine

Promoters Choice: Dominic Clarke – Red 1981 VW T25 – Biggest body drop in Europe, one off!

A big thank you to everyone who came to Fuelers Bar to take part in the Big Bang Bring & Buy Auction. You will be pleased to know we raised a fantastic £650 for the charity; the I Donate Campaign works to raise awareness and encourage about people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor register – well done!

Boxeddy hit the stage over in Fuelers on Saturday night with an evening jam packed with indie, rock and pop classics. Over in the marquee, we boogied the night away with Johnny & The Goodtime Boys – the glitz and glamour of Motown Soul was the theme of the evening with this incredible 8-piece band playing all those timeless hits from pop music’s greatest genre. What Big Bang line-up would be complete without the famous Jensen D Groover; ‘The King of Disco’ kept us movin’ and a groovin’ with his Funkin’ Big Soul Party long into the night.
Bringing a heavy dose of flame and thunder to Big Bang, Oklahoma Willy, The Jet VW Pick Up and FireForce 3, The Jet Funny Car tore up the raceway reaching unimaginable speeds in the blink of an eye. Martin Hill in FF3 ran an incredible 5.88 @ 274mph – if you blinked you may have just missed it!

The Autoglym Show & Shine Competition on Sunday showcased an outstanding congregation of VWs; the Show Paddock saw all types of pristine and stunning automobiles of all shapes and sizes. Whether you were there to see the ultimate custom car, rare original or restored beauty – this impressive line-up of VWs had something for everyone making judging this year particularly hard! We salute all of you who entered – you did us proud! Well done to the winners of the following classes:

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Show n Shine
Best Of Show: Paul & Edie Hunter – Red & Black 1966 VW Crew cab – New out this year, workmanship of Classic Car Revivals.
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Show n Shine
Best T4/5/6 TOP 3: Mark Smith-Hawker – Black 1995 VW T4.
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Show n Shine
Best T4/5/6 TOP 3: Steve Thompson – Black 2010 VW Transporter T5.
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Show n Shine

Best T4/5/6 TOP 3: Richard Shandley – Black 2016 VW T6.

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Show n Shine
Judges Choice: Gary Porter – Green 1996 VW T4 - Hydra
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Show n Shine
Best Interior: Fred Perrett – Red 1992 VW T4 – Mad Max 2 themed interior!
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Show n Shine
Best Exterior: Adam Pooley – Dove blue - 1963 VW Split screen/Camper. 
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Show n Shine
Best Split, Bay & T25 TOP 3: Chris Taylor – Blue 1972 VW Single Cab.  
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Show n Shine
Best Split, Bay & T25 TOP 3: Richard Jackson – Yellow 1965 VW Split screen camper – Totally reworked.
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Show n Shine
Best Split, Bay & T25 TOP 3: Simon Kendall – Grey 1964 VW Split screen – Party in it all over Europe, used as it should be!
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Show n Shine
Best Other Air-Cooled: Jim Barron-Clark – Green/Gray 1968 VW Squareback
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Show n Shine
Best Pre-2005 Water-Cooled: Darren Bates – Baby Blue 1989 VW Mk2 Golf – Air ride supercharger – custom one-off wheels.
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Show n Shine
Best Engine: Scott Russell – Red 1983 VW Mk1 Golf – Full paint work.
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Show n Shine
Best Original: Amy Hoath – Jade Green 1987 VW Mk2 Type 19 Golf GTI – Concours original, no modifications.
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Show n Shine
Promoters Choice: Mark Pateman – Green 1954 Oval Bug
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Show n Shine
Best Beetle: Glenn Phillips – Royal Red 1972 VW Beetle.
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Show n Shine
Best Custom: Sam Winterburn – Red (CocaCola) 1967 VW Beetle – Custom dashboard and throughout, rebuilt engine.
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Show n Shine
Best 2005 Onwards Water-Cooled: Jordan Powley – Viper Green 2011 VW Scirocco Mk3.

We hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as we did and had a fun and action-packed festival. Thank you to everyone who brought a VW along, especially the clubs and those of you who get involved with our Show Paddock competitions. Bug Jam 33 isn’t far away so hopefully we will be seeing you all very soon on 26th – 28th July 2019 for some summer time VW celebrations!

To view the Bug Jam 33 line-up and for ticket information please visit www.bugjam.com

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