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The original and best VW festival will be back for another year. Keep checking this site for all the latest event news as it's announced including 4 Music Arenas, Drag Racing, Run What Ya Brung Public Track Time, Show & Shine, Comedy, Traders, Stunt Displays, Jet Car, Autojumble, Funfair and much, much more!

View the 2014 news here including a change to the camping layout. Also new this year are the Bugwam chill out tent and It’s a Knockout Challenge.


Bug Jam 28 Photo Gallery

A full report from Bug Jam 28 will be posted shortly. A gallery of photos from Bug Jam 28 can be viewed here on FaceBook.

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Funny Car
With qualifying starting on Saturday and eliminations on Sunday, you're sure to see plenty of the fastest, maddest VWs in Europe! Wheelies and close racing are guaranteed!

The VWDRC will be joined by the road legal hot rods of Street Eliminator, the vintage Fords of Outlaw Anglia, and Sportsman ET for championships drag racing.

There will also be demo runs and match races over the weekend from other classes of drag racing including a nitro burning Funny Car, the Outlaw Flat Four DRC, 4 Super Pro Dragsters and 4 Super Street Bikes.

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More info on the Drag Racing page.

Entry List: View who's racing at Bug Jam 28 on the Photo Entry List.

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Get your own VW on the track on Friday and Saturday, unlimited runs and a full performance print out for each run. Don't forget to bring your driving licence if you want to use the track.
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Friday 2pm-8pm (£15) & Saturday 9.30am-3pm (£20).

Everyone signing on for RWYB will be put into the following classes with trophies for the quickest.

Class A - Aircooled Cars
Class B - Aircooled Vans
Class C - Watercooled Cars
Class D - Watercooled Vans
Class X - Non Road Legal & All Non VW

There will be a hard-standing RWYB paddock in the pits for people bringing vehicles on trailers, just ask for a RWYB Paddock pass at the gate when you arrive.

See the RWYB page for more info on RWYB and competition classes.

If you can't wait until Bug Jam, visit for a full calendar of RWYB dates at Santa Pod Raceway.

Rust & Rat  

VW Rust & Rat!
Saturday is the show day where rusty cars shine! If you’ve got a cool rat-ride, rusty original, mean military or battered baja, get along to the Rust & Rat Show. It's open to entries from 9am, and free to enter. Just rock up, register, and chill out until the presentations take place. Strictly VWs ONLY.

We’ll be awarding trophies for the following:

  • Best Beetle
  • Best Van
  • Best Other Air-Cooled VW
  • Best Water-Cooled
  • Best Interior
  • Best Off Road
  • Judges' Choice
  • Best of Show

Show & Shine  


Sunday is the show day for the real head-turners. If you’ve got perfect paintwork, a cool custom ride or a rare vintage VW, make sure you bring your car along to the Autoglym Show & Shine competition.

Strictly VWs ONLY.

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All you need to do is turn up, register and wait around impatiently until the presentations. Free entry and prizes from Autoglym. Enter on the day.

We’ll be awarding trophies for the following:

  • Best Beetle
  • Best Splitty
  • Best Bay-Window
  • Best Late Bus/Van
    (T25, T4, T5)
  • Best Off Road
    (Buggy, Trekker etc)
  • Best Other Air-cooled
    (T3, KG, Frid, Kits etc)
  • Best Water-cooled
  • Best Original
  • Best Paint
  • Best Interior
  • Best Custom
  • Best Resto Cal
  • Best Cal Look
  • Judges' Choice
  • Best of Show
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Bug Jam once again hosts four music arenas including the Main Stage, on both Friday and Saturday evenings, catering for all tastes from indie and dance djs through to live bands and tribute acts.

Full info on the Gig Guide page. The first acts confirmed for Bug Jam 28 are:

Friday: The Ordinary Boys, Mused, Hot Red Chillie Peppers, Raindance with Shades of Rhythm, Strictly Disco and Indie DJs.
Saturday: Cuban Brothers, Judge Jules, Call Me Blondie, Ultra 90s, Lee Dagger of Bimbo Jones and Rock DJ Alex Baker.

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You don't have to wait till the evening for the entertainment to start at Bug Jam with the Live Stage busy during the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Details on the Daytime Gig Guide page.

Friday: Scarlett Roses and Tone of Grove
Saturday: BabyHowl, Polly Money and Jealous Michael
Sunday: Maybe Neverland and The Raqettes

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New for 2014, the Bugwam is the perfect place to chill out, relax and put your feet up. There will be live acoustic music and DJs from afternoon through to evening and a licenced bar.

Details on the Daytime Gig Guide page.

Friday: Jack Sprigg, Paul Bonas, Scott Walters, Kenneth Nash
Saturday: Phil Pickett, MrP & The Water Gypsies, Kelly Barnes, Sandy Winter, Will Rodgers, Polly Money, Scott Walters
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It's a Knockout  

Saturday will see the It’s a Knockout Challenge come to Bugjam, grab a couple of friends and head over to the live action arena, with the quickest times of the day taking home a trophy! Saturday Only


One of Britain’s most popular race driver-car combinations – Rob Austin and his Exocet Racing Audi ‘Sherman’ from the British Touring Car Championship will be out on track and also present for autographs and photos outside the Exocet Racing team awning. Title sponsor FAST Exocet will be present as well with its range of octane-boosting fuel additives and other team merchandise on sale.

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There will be a line up of top comedians on Friday & Saturday this year, including up and coming new acts and established pros to tickle your ribs.

Friday 18th July 4pm–5:30pm:
Compere - Scott Gibson with Dane Baptiste and Ivan Brackenbury.


Saturday 19th July 1:00pm-4:00pm:
Compere - Susan Murray with Michael Fabbri, Mr Cee, Danny Deegan, Larry Dean, Mitch Bennand Rudi Lickwood.


Details on the Comedy page.

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Camping is included with all weekend tickets bought in advance or on the gate. As well as General Camping there is Club Camping, Family Camping and Quiet Camping. Please ask for a pass at the gate if you wish to go into Family Camping, you will need kids with you. Quiet Camping will be signposted and noise curfews will be strictly enforced.

Take the stress out of your stay and let Pillow do the work by staying in a pre-erected 4 man tent complete with air beds.   Pillow will be providing the additional camping options of Glamping as well as regular and family sized Pre-Pitched Tents. Visit for details.

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To book Club Camping for Bug Jam phone 01234 782828. Full details on the Clubs page.

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The Bug Jam 28 Club Map is now available here.

The first clubs to book for Bug Jam 28 are:

  • Back Lane V Dubs
  • Back to 89
  • Bajaclub
  • BBB VW
  • Bedrock Retro Dubs
  • Brauner Stern
  • Brickyard
  • Chop SHop
  • Circle Yer Wagons
  • Club 80-90
  • Das Wolfsburgers
  • Diggertown Dubs
  • Dirty Low Down Dubbers
  • Dodgy Dubbers
  • Don’t Need a Tow Truck VW Club
  • DUB Tropicana
  • Dubslife
  • Dubweiser
  • Dub Automotive
  • Dubs R Us
  • Dunstable/WGC Dubbers
  • EVA
  • Frameslayers
  • Fun Lovin Flat Fours
  • Giddy Campers
  • Herbie Hospital
  • House of Dub
  • Island Dubs
  • Junction 26 Diner
  • Kerbside Kustoms
  • Kettering T4s
  • Kombi-Club
  • KUDC (Kettering's Un-Named Dub Club)
  • Lax Power
  • Lincs VAG
  • Lo ‘e’ Nuf Vee Dub Club
  • Low Down Buggers
  • Lunch Club
  • Manc Dub Club
  • Manchester Dubs and Transporters
  • MFDC-Monkey Face Dub Club
  • Milk and Two
  • MK Dubbers
  • N.D.A (Northern Dub Alliance)
  • Northants Dub Ryders
  • Norwood Dubwerx
  • No Madz
  • Old School-Classix
  • Paint Scrapers
  • Purple Normi
  • RAD VW
  • Random VW Club
  • Retro Rides
  • Roundabout VW Club
  • RSVP
  • Sex, Dubs & Rock 'n' Roll
  • SGS Aircooled
  • Sheffield VW Owners Clubs
  • Sl*gs Love Vags
  • SouthCoastDubs
  • Suffolk Bugrs
  • Suffolk Jammers
  • Swad Dubs
  • TFU
  • The Happy Dayz Crew VW Club
  • The Improved Transporter Society
  • The Lucky Ones
  • The North East VW Club
  • The Old Dub Club
  • The Rocky Raccoon Surf Tribe
  • The Slow Life Buggers
  • The Unit
  • They Come in Bunches
  • Tidy VAG
  • UFP VW Club
  • UK Lowriders
  • VAG Sl*gs
  • Vee Dub the Club
  • VW Dubs
  • VW Peakin Cloths
  • VW Scunny Vee Dubs
  • Welland Valley Dubbers
  • Wolfsburg Weed Huggers VW Club
  • Wolfsburg Weighbridge Wannabes

Kids Entertainment  

The Rapidebrothers Circus Workshop will be at Bug Jam as well as Face Painting and Ceramic Workshops to keep the kids busy.

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We’re giving contestants 3 minutes each to show off their talent on the Bug Jam main stage. The great thing is, YOU pick what your talent is!

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Details on the Bug Jam's Got Talent page.

jet car  

Get ready to experience a Jet Funny Car when Martin Hill and the world record breaking Fireforce 3 light up the track.

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BMX Ramp  

Pro riders will be putting on regular demonstration shows over the weekend.

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The Monster Trucks Podzilla and Swamp Thing will be putting on high flying displays of car crushing mayhem on. Get ready to cheer as Novas and Saxos get what's coming. Sunday Only

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Some of the country's top freestyle motocross riders will be pulling off big air tricks in the Live Action Arena. Sunday Only

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Baja Course  

Take your off-road dub for some 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. Hosted by the

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Human Powered Racing has been a big hit at Big Bang, so now it comes to Bug Jam… but with a twist! There are now four trophies: One for the fastest bicycle, one for the fastest skate (boots and boards), one for the fastest runner, and one for the most imaginative entry. It’s a simple race from the start-line to the finish-line and back, but no engines are permitted!


If you're looking for car parts, want a cool t-shirt or fancy a lowrider bicycle to get round site, you'll find it all in the Bug Jam trade areas. Visit the Pod Shops for camping supplies and Bug Jam clothing.

Featured Traders:

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See who's coming this year and info on how to trade at Bug Jam on the Traders page.

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Rare and vintage VW parts at bargain prices. Need a decklid for your oval or a period radio for that finishing touch? Have a look here.

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. Details on Autojumble page.

Cars 4 Sale  

If you've got a car you want to sell, park it up in the Cars For Sale Paddock, stick your phone number on the dashboard, and wait for the calls to come flooding in. Whether you're buying, selling or browsing, this is the best way to shift cars at the show.

And the best bit? It's FREE for both buyers and sellers!


All the fun of the fair with dodgems, arcades, candy floss, sideshows and all the stomach churning rides you'll need.


For one weekend only the Pod Racer Dodgems will become the Pod Racer Rolla Disco Rink with music, lights and smoke machines. Skates will be available for hire for £5 or bring your own and have a go for £2.

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If you like your video games then come along to Fuelers Bar and battle it out on the big screen, trophies for the winners. This year it's Mario Kart on Friday and Guitar Hero on Saturday.

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Guitar Hero


Red Dragon will be at Bug Jam giving monster truck passenger rides in between shows in the Live Action Arena. (Passengers must be over 3ft tall) Sunday Only

Stunt Rider  

Top freestyle motorcycle stunt rider Lee Bower will be wowing the crowds with his jaw-dropping motorbike stunts. Sunday Only

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Drift Display  

Drifters Team Maximum Lock from Malta will be performing their synchronised, close formation driving, drift show. Sunday Only

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The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be making fly pasts with a Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire on Friday at 3.35pm and a Lancaster on Sunday at 3.20pm.

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low riders  

Low Rider displays and action demos from some of the UK’s best cars with hydraulic and pneumatic suspension. Unique style and gravity-defying three-wheelin’.

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A variety of 1/10th scale electric radio controlled cars including drift cars will be racing on a special track where the public will be able to test their skills along with the experts.


Climbing Wall  

If you're an experienced climber or a complete novice, there will be a mobile Climbing Wall with qualified staff on hand to show you what to do. £5 per person for up to 4 climbs.

2 Seater  

For the ultimate thrill ride, the 7 second Santa Pod 2 Seater Dragster will be running with passenger rides available. Details at

Nitro FM  

NITRO FM - 96.2
The Santa Pod radio station, Nitro FM will be broadcasting from early till late every day with a selection of great music, interviews and chat to keep you informed and entertained throughout Bug Jam.

Bug Jam 27   BARS & CATERERS
There are multiple bars and a range of caterers to suit all tastes on site at Santa Pod Raceway.

Santa Pod Apps  

There is a FREE Santa Pod Raceway app that lets you know what events are on at Santa Pod, information about the raceway and event information including (once ready) the Bug Jam Timetable, Racer Entry list and Site Map. Search for Santa Pod in Apple App Store and Google Play.

Another App is “1320go” that gives you access to live timing data on your phone.

View further details on the Apps page.

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Bug Jam is held at Santa Pod Raceway, the UK's premier Drag Strip in the middle of England on the border of Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire.

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For full venue details please visit



Check out the Bug Jam 27 Report and Gallery pages for info and photos of last years event or watch the WebTV Show.


Bug Jam 28 News

Bug Jam is back for an incredible 28th time and we’re doing everything we can to make sure the show gets better and better each year. Having listened to your comments and feedback from last year’s event and being mindful of the increasing pressures of health and safety, we’re making a few changes to the layout of the festival site to improve the experience for both weekend and day visitors.

Bug Jam, of course, it’s still aimed fairly and squarely at die-hard Volkswagen enthusiasts and the loyal VW clubs are a very important part of the show. So firstly, we’ll be moving the club camping pitches to a much higher profile location bringing more of these often hidden gems to the fore. This will release more space for our general campers and consequently should allow most of our day visitors to park on site minimising the need for a park and ride service. Our family camping area has also been moved closer to the action and closer to a main toilet block.   Bug Jam 28

The early arrival passes were hugely popular last year so we’ll be offering these up again this year (Early Arrival Passes are now SOLD OUT). Take a look at the map to see the new planned layout.

VW Clubs/Group Bookings - Have the peace of mind of a reserved camping area by booking in your VW club/group (min 10 vehicles). Open to all VW enthusiasts who want to ensure they are all camped together. Booking details on the Club Page.


1) Chinese lanterns are banned at Santa Pod Raceway as they pose a real fire hazard to the crops and thatched roofs surrounding the track.

2) No glass bottles, jars etc allowed on site. This is for you and your car's safety and especially for those in the camping areas. Cars will be searched on arrival.

3) EXIT & RE-ENTRY GUIDE: Bug Jam is one of Santa Pod’s busiest and most popular events in the calendar and we have a large number of visitors using rural routes through our neighbouring villages. To relieve our local communities of unnecessary traffic during the event, Bug Jam operates a strict re-entry policy to minimise disruption: visitors choosing to leave the venue anytime during the weekend will need to pay to re-enter the venue even if they have already purchased a ticket. So, please bring all of the camping supplies that you will need for the weekend including enough petrol/diesel! Your continued cooperation in this matter is always appreciated and keeps the Bug Jam vibe alive.

4) When you arrive and leave site, please keep your speed down, don't litter and respect local residents.

5) The number of tickets going on sale will be strictly limited. That means first-come-first-served, and those who book in advance will have priority over anyone trying to buy tickets on the gate. If tickets sell out before the event, NO tickets will be available to buy on the gate, so Santa Pod can be certain that we can accommodate everyone.

6) Santa Pod will no longer permit entry to anyone arriving in large vans or lorries, as these take away precious space from other campers. Don’t worry, legitimate campervans and all VWs will still be permitted entry!

7) Campers will not be able to save space for friends arriving at a later time. Large groups should book club camping pitches, and small groups should aim to arrive together.


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