The Fast Show

Big Bang Camper & Bus Show - VW Festival

Friday 27th to Sunday 29th April 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 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.

What's On At Big Bang 2018

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. Fri (Peak Performance) 9.30am-5pm - £50 (£40 adv) for unlimited runs, Sat (VAG only) 9.30am-2.30pm - £15 for unlimited runs. Full details


Drag RacingDrag Racing

Things get serious on the dragstrip on Sunday with championship drag racing from VWDRC Pro and VWDRC SportsmanOutlaw AngliaFWD Drag SeriesNostalgia Superstock, 8.50 Bike9.50 Bike, ET Bike, Supertwins Top Gas, Sportsman ET and Junior Dragster.  Sun 9am-4pm + Sat qualifying 4pm-8pm. Details on the Drag Racing page.

VWDRC FWD Drag Series

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: Skatoons (Ska Band)
Saturday Marquee: Just The Way To Mars (Bruno Mars Tribute act)
Saturday Fuelers Bar: Slim 47 (Covers Band)

Details on the Music page.

*As part of your Sporting Event entrance only.

Human Powered RacingHuman Powered Racing
Saturday lunchtime fun on the dragstrip: Strictly no engines allowed, but this is still going to be a competitive and hard-fought race with prizes for the first competitor Over 13 years old, the first Under 13 and Wackiest Racer. Use your ingenuity to cover half a mile as quickly as possible. Run it, skate it or cycle it. Just turn up at the start line 5 minutes before the race and use your brains or brawn to take the prize!

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

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.

Kids EntertainmentKids Entertainment

There will be plenty going on for youngsters, including a kids area with Arts & Crafts, 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!

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.

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.


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

Baja CourseBaja and Buggy Course
Take your off-road dub for some mild fun in the dirt. A short grass and dirt track will include fun corners and gentle bumps to let you get your kicks and show off your ride. Free entry for all suitable vehicles.

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

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.

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.

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.

Monster Truck Rides Monster Truck Rides
Rides will be available in the back of an multi-seat full size monster truck. (Passengers must be over 3ft tall)

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.

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.

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

Buy and sell stuff: car parts, BMXs, VW memorabilia. Keep your winnings or donate a percentage to charity, it’s your choice. Bring your lots to Fuelers Bar 15mins before the auction. All proceeds will be donated to charity.

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. (Sunday only) 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.

Big Bang 2017
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Drag Racing
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Santa Pod Raceway
Santa Pod Raceway is the UK's premier Drag Strip in the middle of England on the border of Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire. For full venue details please visit

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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