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Big Bang Camper & Bus Show - VW Festival

Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April 2017

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.

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You climbed into your Campers and bundled into your Beetles by the thousand! As tents went up, flags got hoisted, campers got unpacked and the BBQS lit – that festival feeling was well and truly in the air. Whether you joined us for the racing, show cars, family entertainment or just a good knees up – Big Bang 2017 hosted an explosive, jam-packed weekend for all you VW lovers of all ages.

Throughout the weekend there was plenty of action both on and off the track to keep us entertained. Pinders Circus provided us with a dazzling and breath-taking performance in their show tent, whilst Cool Flo brought their team of outstanding Pro riders showcasing demos, along with a couple of stunning buses to accompany their BMX displays. Podzilla, our resident Monster Truck, was roaring around its enclosure, delighting kids and adults alike with jaw-dropping jumps and crushing power.

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The first trophy of the weekend went to Shaun Louth, Winner of the Air Hockey Competition. It was a hard-fought final between Shaun and Runner Up Josh Blincow. Well done guys!  

Friday was Peak Performance on the track. We saw a record breaking run from Evo Tune Performance Specialists in a Nissan GTR – 7.7637 @ 179.20mph! Not a VW, but impressive nonetheless!  

Friday night in the marquee showcased Big Bang’s dance night with Funky Essex providing some banging beats for you all to party to. Over in Fuelers Bar, The Black Market Band kept us rocking and rolling all night, movin’ and a groovin’ to covers from classic rock and cool indie chic.

The Show Paddock on Saturday hosted the Rust & Rat competition. We saw an awesome array of styles and designs on display. This competition is always tough as it can prove to be instinctive and abstract. However, after many turns around the paddock, I’m sure you’ll agree, the winners were as follows:

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Best Beetle: Bobby Wilcox – 1956 VW Oval
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Best Van: Dave Smith – 1957 VW Spilt Panel
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Best Other Air-Cooled: Ian Jeffries - 1959 Phoenix Camper
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Best Water-Cooled: Paul Young – 2006 VW T5
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Best Interior: Adam Roberts – 1994 VW T4 – Complete with bar and bookcase!
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Judge’s Choice: Eric Meadows – 1989 Mk1 VW Caddy
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Best Of Show: Dave Hall – 1961 VW Split Screen Pickup Single Cab

Lunch break on the track showcased Santa Pod Raceway’s very own Marathon, The Human Powered Race! As ever, hundreds of you rocked up to the start line with some very vibrant and varied forms of human powered transport. Well done to all who completed the half mile; whether you ran, walked, rode, scootered or danced your way to the finish line - we salute you! The trophies went to the following Human Powered Race Champions:

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Under 13’s – Danny – Aged 10
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Over 13’s – Logan Valentine – Aged 15
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Wackiest Racer – VW Club: Der Blitzen Sphincters – Jack, Harry, Rihannon, Katlyn, Freya, Tabitha, Kacey, Ben & Alicia.




We were very excited to welcome Oklahoma Willy – The Jet Bus to Big Bang 2017. Showcasing its debut performance on the track, this very cool, beautifully presented camper hit the strip with a cheer, keeping you guys on the bank warmed up! Joining the flame and thunder party, tearing up the raceway, we saw Martin Hill’s Fireforce 5 Jet Dragster run at a breath-taking 5.13 @ 296mph!

RWYB took centre stage Saturday morning seeing a varied and vibrant mix of VWs and VAG vehicles hitting the track with some very impressive ET’s. The results of the RWYB competition were as follows:

Class A – Air-Cooled Cars – Oly Whitehouse – VW Beetle – 12.7909 @ 105.19mph
Class B – Air-Cooled Vans – Brian Galpin – VW Split Bus – 14.7846 @ 93.90mph
Class C – Water-Cooled Cars – Paul Geary – VW Beetle Charge-Cooled – 13.3946 @ 103.13mph
Class D – Water-Cooled Vans – Nathan Francis – VW Caddy – 15.8068 @ 87.53mph
Class X – Non Road Legal & Non Vag – Nigel Hull – VW Beetle – 11.2214 @ 118.26mph

Once the RWYB was finished, the drag racers hit the strip for the championship racing and there was a plethora of classes that kept us entertained throughout:

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8.50 Bike
Winner: Jake Michaell - Runner Up: Ian Chrichlow
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9.50 Bike
Winner: Lewis Burgess - Runner Up: Richard Sawatzki
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ET Bike
Winner: Phil Pratt - Runner Up: Gary Hester
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Sportsman ET
Winner: Chris Creswell – Runner Up – Tom Atkinson
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Lucas Oil Junior Dragster
Winner: Billy Everitt – Runner Up: Holley Marshall
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VW Pro
Winner: Phil Norman – Runner Up: Paul Herbert
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VW Sportsman
Winner: Tom Herbert – Runner Up: Carl Goldsmith
Outlaw Flat Four
Winner: Clarke Hillyard – Runner Up: Lucas Daglish
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Outlaw Anglia
Winner: Colin Millar – Runner Up: Jedd Guy
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Nostalgia Super Stock
Winner: Thomas Watkins – Runner Up: Mike Lacey
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Front Wheel Drive Series
Winner: Kiel Priestman - Runner Up: Paul Atkinson

Hopefully many of you were able to catch the unmistakable sights, sounds and smells of the Top Fuel Dragster across the weekend! We were pleased to welcome Kevin Chapman to the track whilst he began his Top Fuel licencing passes.

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Fuelers Bar hosted the Table Tennis competition Saturday afternoon. Our Winner, Shaun Louth, walked away with yet another trophy under his arm. Well played Shaun!

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 £500 for the charity SANDS – well done!

It was tribute Band extravaganza in the marquee Saturday night with The UK Beach Boys and Blues Brothers – The All New Blues and Soul Revue, taking to the stage. Shakin’ their tail feathers and wearing those signature sunglasses we boogied the night away with these cool customers, singing and dancing along to all the iconic tunes. The stage in Fuelers Bar welcomed Undivided – the ultimate boy band experience with signature dance moves and pop-tastic harmonies galore.

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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Best Beetle: Brad Kasra – Red 1969 – Stunning exterior with insane custom interior!
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Best Original: Sophie Howard – Pearl White 1965 VW Beetle – Beautifully restored back to stock after having been painted black by previous owner.
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Best Custom: Jou-Paul Lockyer – White 2009 VW T5 Doka – Custom Made Rear Bed.
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Best Interior: Shaun Potter – Brown 2001 VW T4 – BMXs galore!
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Best Exterior: Chris Howes – Grey 2013 VW T5 – Subtle yet effective
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Best Engine: Darren Bates – Baby Blue 1989 Mk2 VW Golf – 2.8 VR6 Supercharged – This beauty could have walked away with a number of trophies!
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Best Other Air-Cooled: Mike & Jess Downham – Blue 1968 Karmann Ghia – Historic - on the Bug Jam 1 artwork!
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Best Water-Cooled: Justin Webb – Natural Grey 2014 VW T5 Camper – Natural beauty throughout.
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Best Split: James Hunt – Red & Cream 1965 VW Splitty – Stunning example.
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Best Bay: David Goodwill – Beige 1968 VW Bay Window Devon – All original.
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Best T25/T4/LT: Ben Wells – Red 1985 1985 VW T25 – Subura Engine – Porsche wheels, VW heritage.
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Judges Choice: Max Edwards – Pure White 1978 VW Bug 1200L – Porsche Pasha Trimmed Interior with custom exterior.
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Promoter’s Choice: Jody Clifford – Orange 1971 VW R70 – First Front Wheel Drive Water-Cooled in UK!
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Best Of Show: Richard Jackson – Yellow 1965 VW Split Screen Camper – Total Nut & Bolt Restoration – almost faultless!

From beetles to buses, campers to caddies and golfs to ghias – Big Bang 2017 saw them all! 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 both on and off track competitions. Bug Jam isn’t far away so hopefully we will be seeing you all very soon on 21st – 23rd July 2017 for some summer time VW celebrations!

Big Bang Live

Big Bang was live on Facebook on Saturday with a multi-camera broadcast featuring the dragstrip and Rust & Rat.

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LIVE coverage from Big Bang 2017 at Santa Pod Raceway!

Posted by Santa Pod Raceway on Saturday, 22 April 2017

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The big VW Festival of the year at Santa Pod Raceway is Bug Jam on 21st to 23rd August 2017. Full details at www.bugjam.com.

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