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Big Bang Camper & Bus Show 2016 Report

Read the report from Big Bang Camper & Bus Show 2016, watch the highlights video and view the photo gallery.

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Big Bang 2016 Video Highlights


Big Bang 2016 Report

You’d have been forgiven for thinking we were in the middle of Winter at the Big Bang Camper & Bus show this year as it was so cold we saw a sprinkling of snow in the early hours. Thankfully, it didn’t seem to dent anyone’s enthusiasm or put anyone off coming as once again you and your VWs turned out in your thousands making another cracking weekend.

The first trophy of the weekend was awarded to Rio who smashed away the competition and won the air hockey competition.

Air Hockey
Air Hockey
Air Hockey
Winner Rio

 

Unknowingly, the handling track was won on the Friday too due to a lack of entries on Saturday. Congratulations to Max Edwards in his nippy little Lupo GTI who set the quickest time of 26.34 seconds.

Handling
Handling
Handling Track
Winner Max Edwards

The drag strip was open briefly on Friday before rain stopped play and then again throughout Saturday morning for some RWYB action. We saw plenty of PB’s and wheels up entertainment from some interesting vehicles. The results of the RWYB competition were as follows:

RWYB

Drag Racing
Drag Racing
Class A
Air-Cooled Cars
Neil Ellis
VW Beetle
13.2861 @ 96.73mph
Drag Racing
Class B
Air-Cooled Vans
James Hillyer
VW Camper
18.0240 @ 70.18mph
Drag Racing
Drag Racing
Class C
Water-Cooled Cars
Brian Lilley
Audi S1
13.8419 @ 101.28mph
Drag Racing
Drag Racing
Class D
Water-Cooled Vans
Andi Riley
VW T5
14.3198 @ 100.96mph
Drag Racing
Drag Racing
Class X
Non Road Legal & Non VAG
Sam Young
VW Beetle
9.3130 @ 144.31mph

Friday night played host to the dance night in the main marquee with a battle of the DJ’s between DJ Swifty B and Niki Dimensions as dance fans partied the night away. Over in the Fuelers bar the Jitterbug Jets had us all rocking and rolling all the way back to our tents and campers in the early hours.

Saturday was Rust & Rat day in the show paddock and we saw all manner of styles on show. Judging is always tough in this competition because it’s quite subjective but we’re sure that you’ll all agree with the eventual choices. All of the vehicles walking away with trophies just worked!

Rust & Rat

Rust & Rat
Best Beetle
Lloyd Jackson
VW Split Bug
One year only crotch cooler, original suit cases from the dealership, need we say more?
Rust & Rat
Rust & Rat
Best Van
Steve Whitehead
T2 Panel
This lacquered bay had its faded sign writing preserved with all of the ratty bits and pieces that ticked all the right boxes.
Rust & Rat
Rust & Rat
Best Other Air-Cooled
Freddie Lynch
VW Variant
This squareback featured patina paint, black fuchs and in general, just worked.
Rust & Rat
Rust & Rat
Best Water-Cooled
Shane Biddlecombe
VW T4
This crazy van looked like it had been dragged out of a swamp and came complete with gimmicks all around including a hammock attachment, bird box, bike on the roof and loads more!
Rust & Rat
Rust & Rat
Best Interior
Roby and Harry Huath
Panel van split
Contrary to the exterior of this rat, the interior was extremely well presented and completed the whole rust & rat look featuring buffalo hide bench install up front!
Rust & Rat
Rust & Rat
Judges Choice
Dom Clarke
T25 Doke
Dom’s 25 had all the right touches, slammed to the ground, Porsche split rims, custom fuel tank and loads more. The judges were unanimous on their decision with this being the vehicle that they’d like to take home.

Throughout the weekend there was plenty to keep the kids occupied with Circus Whiz, pedal powered scalextric and the monstrous Titan the Robot shows. Cool Flo brought us some stunning buses to accompany their BMX displays throughout the weekend which left a number of jaws on the floor.

The human powered race is always an enormous affair and this weekends was no exception as hundreds of you completed, what feels like a mini marathon over the marathon weekend. The half mile, run, ride, skate, scoot or any other method of human powered transport was won by the following bike riders:

Human Powered
Human Powered
Under 13’s
Dylan Barnett
Human Powered
Human Powered
Aged 11
Over 13’s
Logan Valentine
Aged 14

The table tennis competition was the next trophy to go out and that went to Sean Louth who came out triumphant.

Table Tennis
Table Tennis
Winner Sean Louth

Once the RWYB was over and done with, the drag racers hit the strip for the serious racing and there was a plethora of classes that kept us entertained throughout:

Drag Racing

Drag Racing
Drag Racing
Sportsman ET:
Winner Chris Creswell
Runner-up Jemma Hale
Drag Racing
Drag Racing
Lucas Oil Junior Dragster:
Winner Ruaridh Hart
Runner-up Billy Ringer
Drag Racing
Drag Racing
8.50 Bike:
Winner Ian Chrichlow
Runner-up Jake Mechaell
Drag Racing
Drag Racing
9.50 Bike:
Winner Richard Sawatzki
Runner-up Steve Ashby
Drag Racing
Drag Racing
VW Pro:
Winner Richard Brook
Runner-up Christopher Bayliss
Drag Racing
Drag Racing
VW Sportsman:
Winner Paul Day
Runner-up Dave Lea
Drag Racing
Drag Racing
Outlaw Anglia:
Winner Cliff Griffin
Runner-up Phil Middleton
Drag Racing
Drag Racing
JDS Street:
Winner David Greenhalgh
Runner-up Jeff Ludgate
Drag Racing
Drag Racing
Front Wheel Drive Series:
Winner Allan Duthie
Runner-up Ben Dalgleish

FWD Drag Series WebTV Show:


We’d also like to give a special mention to the 2 demonstration classes that ran over the weekend, Outlaw Flat Four and the Nostalgia Superstock who are just finding their feet, both of which we enjoyed seeing and we’re sure you did too. Commiserations to Dave Nicholls of the OFF in his Fiat 600 who, after a wild wheel stand rolled over onto its side.

The Sunday of the show was Show & Shine day and this is the more traditional show car competition. The paddock was rammed by the time judging came around and there were a few cars that went away empty handed that could have easily picked up a trophy on another day. Thanks to everyone who displayed their cars and well done to the following winners:

Show & Shine

Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best of Show
Steve Lawrie
VW Vert
This Cabrio was immaculate inside, outside and even in the engine bay – the stuff dreams are made of!
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Original
Mark Laycock
VW T25 California
Marks T25 was in full California spec and looked like it could have rolled straight out of the factory – a lovely example!
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Custom
Sam Winterburn
VW Beetle
Sams beetle could fit right in to the VW scene from 20 years ago with a combination of radical and subtle modifications including a window conversion and de-seams.
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Interior
Fred Perrett
VW T4
Fred’s van was all about the interior as he’d turned the whole back end into a fully-blown DJ booth!
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Exterior
Chris Rogers
VW T5
Chris’ T5 named Kermit had a full airbrush completed to the highest standard. You’d be forgiven for thinking some of the airbrushed holes were real!
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Engine
Andi Riley
VW Transporter T5
The Best engine award went to the van with a transplant as Andi had installed full RS4 running gear into this T5 which is no mean feat. It goes well too as Andi picked up the fastets water-cooled van trophy in the RWYB competition too!
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Beetle
Mark Pateman
VW Oval blue
Marks bug was in full resto-call spec and in pristine condition all round
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Other Air-cooled
Ian Baker
VW Type 3
The other air-cooled class caters for those vehicles that turn up in minorities but Ians flamed notch could have held its own against the rest of the competition in any category.
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Water-cooled
Giovanni Rapisarda
1981 Mk1 Golf GTi
Giovanni’s golf was a contender for the best original accolade but walked away with the best water-cooled instead after a full body restoration
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Split
Doug Hall
VW Splitscreen
The splitscreen buses represented a small portion of the show but the quality was second to none and Dougs bus earned him top honours as a fresh paintjob completed the whole package
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Bay
Dean Jones
VW T2
This beautiful bay featured mad air ride with a bike lump of an engine out back and cool penny floor install inside!
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Late Van
Jason Williams
VW T4
Jason was one of the first in the paddock and set cleaning up his awesome van & trailer combination. The attention to detail here with the paint and interior was second to none.
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Judges Choice 
Jody Clifford
VW K70
A K70 is so rare, we’re sure that there were people here who hadn’t seen one before – staff included. Not only was it present but it was in great nick.
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Promotors Choice
Gary Wells
VW Late Bay Tin Top
Garys late bay was an out and out show car with all the right gimmicks including a fleet of choppers and speaker system out front.

And that’s your lot, Big Bang has officially come of age and is over for another year. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did and we’d like to say a massive thanks to everyone who brought a VW along, especially the clubs and those of you who get involved with both the on and off track competitions. Don’t forget that if you enjoyed this one then you’ll love Bug Jam on the 22nd-24th July as it runs for the 30th time! No sign of a mid-life crisis just yet, we’ll see you there!

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View photos from Big Bang 2016 on the 2016 Facebook Photo Gallery page as well as 2015 and 2014.

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