Bug Jam 31 - The original and best VW fest FRIDAY 21st / SUNDAY 23rd JULY 2017 at SANTA POD RACEWAY
A true VW festival in every sense of the word, with a vibrant and fun atmosphere, bringing to life the very essence of VW culture. Europe’s largest VW event incorporates an eclectic mix of all things VW, with drag racing, Run What Ya Brung, nightlife, Show & Shine, comedy, stunt displays, fun fair, massive trade village, autojumble and much more.
Long before Bug Jam 31, the first big VW Show of the year at Santa Pod Raceway is Big Bang on the 21st - 23rd April 2017. A laid-back and family friendly VW festival with high-octane racing and two music arenas. Full detail at www.big-bang.co.uk.
WHAT'S ON AT BUG JAM:
DRAG RACING 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 nitro burning European Funny Car Series, the road legal hot rods of Street Eliminator, the vintage Fords of Outlaw Anglia, and Sportsman ET for championships drag racing. More info on the Drag Racing
EVENING MUSIC* Bug Jam hosts five music arenas including the Main Stage, Dance Tent, Retro Tent, BugWam and Fuelers Bar, on both Friday and Saturday evenings, catering for all tastes from indie and dance djs through to live bands and tribute acts.
AUTOGLYM VW SHOW & SHINE - NOW SATURDAY! (Strictly VWs ONLY)
NEW FOR 2017 - Saturday 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.
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 from 9am. Space is limited and the paddock fills up quickly so be sure to arrive early.
We’ll be awarding the following trophies:
Best Late Bus/Van
(T25, T4, T5)
Best Other Air-Cooled
(T3, Kg, Frid, Kits Etc)
Best Off Road
(Buggy, Trekker Etc)
Best Resto Cal
Best Cal Look
Best Of Show
VW RUST & RAT - NOW SUNDAY!(Strictly VWs ONLY)
In 2017 Sunday will be 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. We’ll be awarding the following trophies:
Best Off Road
Best Other Air-Cooled
Best Of Show
DAYTIME - LIVE STAGE You don't have to wait till the evening for the entertainment to start at Bug Jam with the Live Stage and Fuelers Bar busy during the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
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.
The first acts confirmed are:
Saturday: Claire Schofield, Lew Bear, Lloyd North
COMEDY There will be a line up of top comedians on Friday & Saturday including up and coming new acts and established pros to tickle your ribs.
VW RUN WHAT YA BRUNG (VW Only) 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.
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 (Inc Caddies)
Class D - Watercooled Vans
Class X - Non Road Legal
See the RWYB page for more info on RWYB and competition classes.
If you can't wait until Bug Jam, visit www.RWYB.com for a full calendar of RWYB dates at Santa Pod Raceway.
LITTLE BUGGERZ - KIDS ZONE New for Bug Jam 30 will be an entire Kid Zone running all weekend located in and around a giant double TeePee like the Bug Wam.
CAMPING AT BUG JAM Camping is included with all weekend tickets bought in advance or on the gate. As well as General Camping there is Club Camping and Quiet / Family Camping (will be signposted and noise curfews will be strictly enforced)
VW CLUB CAMPING
Spend Bug Jam camping with your members in your own allocated club camping area. You will need at least 10 display vehicles to book club camping. Full details of how to book Club Camping for Bug Jam are on the Clubs page.
GLAMPING & PRE-PITCHED TENTS
Take the stress out of camping and let Pillow do the work with options of Glamping as well as regular and family sized Pre-Pitched Tents.
HUMAN POWERED RACING
It’s a simple race from the start-line to the finish-line and back, but no engines are permitted! Anyone can enter and there are four trophies: Fastest Bicycle, Fastest Skate (boots and boards), Fastest Runner, and Most Imaginative Entry.
BUG JAM’S GOT TALENT
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!
MONSTER TRUCKS 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.
FUNFAIR All the fun of the fair with dodgems, waltzers, arcades, candy floss, sideshows and plenty of stomach churning rides that will spin, twist, flip and thrill you.
JET FUNNY CAR
Get ready to experience Jet Cars when Martin Hill brings out the world record breaking Fireforce 3 Jet Funny Car and the Fireforce 5 Jet Dragster to light up the track.
BAJA & BUGGY 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 Bajaclub.co.uk.
BUG JAM BEER FESTIVAL
There will be a Beer Festival with ales and ciders from local breweries. So if you’re a real ale fan then head over to Fuelers Bar.
TRADERS 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.
View info on how to trade at Bug Jam on the Traders page.
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 FOR 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!
MONSTER TRUCK RIDES
Rides in the back of the monster truck Red Dragon will be available each day. (Passengers must be over 3ft tall)
ROLLA DISCO For one weekend a year 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.
TABLE SPORTS COMPETITIONS
Let your competitive streak shine through!
Go head to head in the fuelers bar with Table Tennis and Air Hockey competitions.
COOL FLO BMX RAMP
Cool Flo will be bringing their skate ramp to Bug Jam 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.
OKLAHOMA WILLY - THE JET BUS
This 1958 VW pick up has a Rolls Royce Viper 535 jet engine 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.
2 Seater Dragster For the ultimate thrill ride, the 7 second Santa Pod 2 Seater Dragster will be running with passenger rides available. Details at www.santapod.com.
BARS & CATERERS There are multiple bars and a range of caterers to suit all tastes on site at Santa Pod Raceway.
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.
SANTA POD RACEWAY
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.
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, bonafide motorhomes and 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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