Bug Jam

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.

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Bug Jam 31 Highlights Video:

Bug Jam 31 Report

Despite the promise of rain and wind, 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. The weather was hideous but it didn’t dampen your spirits – you hardcore Bug Jammers still partied the nights away and enjoyed all the off-track action we had lined up.

The Live Action Arena was running all weekend with mind-blowing performances from the death-defying Terry Grant with his legendary stunts and awesome quad bike extraordinaire Jason Smyth whilst Podzilla and Swamp Thing were roaring around their enclosure, delighting kids and adults alike with jaw-dropping jumps and crushing power. Cool Flo brought their team of outstanding Pro riders showcasing BMX demos throughout the weekend.

In Fuelers bar on Friday we had a hard-fought Air Hockey competition with the largest group of competitors to date. Well done to Jared Marks who walked away the trophy!

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Winner - Jared Marks

The Main Stage kicked off the weekends evening entertainment with Southchurch and Wham!Duran with Reverend and the Makers headlining; The Dance Zone showcased Clubland bringing us the best and biggest dance hits to dance to until the early hours; we got our groove on over in the Retro Zone with Motown Gold playing infamous songs from songwriting legends; Havnt Stopped Dancing Yet! had us partying all night long with 70s & 80s tracks over in Fuelers Bar.

Saturday lunchtime, the Table Tennis competition was under way in Fuelers Bar with both adults and kids alike playing for the trophy. Well done to Terry Templeman!

Bug Wam provided the ultimate refuge from the rain in the afternoon; comfy sofas and live acoustic music created the perfect mellow vibe until the skies cleared. Little Buggerz kept the kiddies entertained with all sorts of workshops, activities, shows and games to get stuck into.

Saturday lunchtime, the Table Tennis competition was under way in Fuelers Bar with both adults and kids alike playing for the trophy. Well done to Terry Templeman!

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Table Tennis
Winner - Terry Templeman

The Autoglym Show & Shine Competition was on Saturday this year showcasing 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 of Show: Dave Forder – Red 1971 VW Bug
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Best Split Bus: Jason Webb – Green 1962 VW Split 13 Window Deluxe
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Best Water-Cooled: Scott Russell - Red 1983 VW Mk1 Golf
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Judges Choice: Adam Mitchell – Green/Tan 1971 VW Beetle
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Best Other Air-Cooled: Mark Swanson – Cream 1963 Notchback
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Best Off Road: Mark Richardson – Purple 1971 VW Baja Beetle
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Best Beetle: Lucy James – Red 1966 VW Beetle Boo
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Best T25: Ben Wells – Red 1985 VW T25
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Best Late Bus (T4/T5/T6): Justin Webb – Natural Grey 2014 VW T5 N Beauty
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Best Custom: Max Edwards - White 1978 VW Beetle
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Best Resto Cal: Mark Bateman - Green 1954 VW Oval Bug
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Best Interior: Andy Hines – Candy Apple Red 2002 VW T4
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Best Original: Chris Denham – Grey 1992 VW Mk2 Golf
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Best Cal Look: Richie Rich – Yellow 1956 VW Beetle
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Best Paint: Jamie Jankowski – Brandywine Kandy 2006 VW Jetta
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Best Bay Window: Lewis Savage - Red 1974 VW Bay Window

On Saturday afternoon, the Main Stage hosted Bug Jam’s Got Talent where it was the audiences chance to be the stars of the show. We saw all ages take part with singers, guitarists, dancers and even a Traffic Warden! It was a tough decision for the judges this year with some serious talent to choose from; in the end, it was Beth Croxford who took the prize and the trophy.

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Winner - Beth Croxford

With a refreshing and modern take on ska and reggae, The Kubricks opened the Main Stage for us on Saturday night. Shakin’ their tail feathers and wearing those signature sunglasses, The All New Blues and Soul Revue, Blue Brothers tribute band, had us boogieing the night away with their iconic tunes. Dancing and singing along to their big hits such as ‘Sugar Coated Iceberg’ and ‘Lucky You’, Indy legends, Ian Brodie and the Lightning Seeds headlined the Main Stage transporting us back to the 90s!

Legendary dance label, Ministry of Sound hosted the Dance Zone on Saturday night whilst over in the Retro Zone, Electronic 90s, Daft Punk Tribute and The Acid Brothers relived the golden era of dance music at Bug Jam. We partied hard over in Fuelers Bar, the Silent Disco kept those decks spinning with a variety of tunes to boogie along to till the very early hours!

Although no qualifying or eliminations took place with the invited race classes, the RWYB on Friday and Saturday was well supported by general public and entered racers alike. The Jet cars were inevitably some of the fastest vehicles to frequent the ¼ mile with Martin Hill leading the pack with an incredible 5.85 pass at 268mph. The Outlaw Anglia’s were amongst the quickest vehicles with Colin Millar making a solid 7.75 second pass. Unfortunately, we did lose a vehicle during the RWYB in the form of Sam Young and the awesome record holding BlackCurrent VW Pro Beetle. Thankfully, driver Sam Young was OK but the same can’t be said for the car after it turned into the wall past the finish line and proceeded to roll down the shutdown area. We wish Sam and Oli all the best and hope to see them back at the track (with a new car) sometime soon. The RWYB competition was hard fought so we’d like to congratulate the following winners:

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Class A - Scott Oliver - VW Variant - 11.99 @ 112mph
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Class B - James Hillyer - VW T2 - 18.28 @ 69mph
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Class C - Tom Parrott - Mk 1 VW Golf - 12.38 @ 98mph
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Class D - Steve Mattravers - VW T25 - 16.00 @ 89mph
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Class X - San Martin Jose - VW Golf Mk2 - 11.05 @ 133mph

The Show Paddock on Sunday 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 of Show: Steve Kay – Oxblood Red 1965 VW Splitty 11 window
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Best Beetle: Jay Rhodes – Red 1967 VW Beetle
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Best Water Cooled: Mark Dunmore – Silver 1991 VW Scirrocco

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Judges Choice: Toni Vose – Blue/Burnt 1972 VW Bay T2

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Best Off Road: Tony Sutton – Mud 1973 VW Rail

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Best Van: Dave Hall – Pink/Brown 1954 Barndoor Samba


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Best Interior: Russ Smith – Camo 1989 VW Polo Breadvan

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Best Other Air-Cooled: Marc Kyle – Cream 1959 VW Karmann Ghia

From beetles to buses, campers to caddies and golfs to ghias – Bug Jam 31 saw them all! We hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as we did (despite the rain!) 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 the competitions. See you next year at Bug Jam 32!!!

All at Santa Pod Rcaeway.

Adverse Weather Ticket Credit Value

As a result of Bug Jam 31 being severely affected by adverse weather, please retain your day tickets as a credit value has been attributed to your ticket. Full details on the Ticket Page.

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Posted by Santa Pod Raceway on Wednesday, 28 December 2016
 

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