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Bug Jam 26



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 5 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!

2015 details coming soon.


Bug Jam 28

Read a report from Bug Jam 28, view a photo gallery and watch the highlights video.

Bug Jam 28 Photo Gallery

A gallery of photos from Bug Jam 28 can be viewed here on FaceBook.

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Bug Jam 28   Bug Jam 28   Bug Jam 28


Bug Jam 28 Highlights Video


Bug Jam 28 Merchandise

The Bug Jam 28 merchandise is now available online at



BUG JAM 28 Report:

Bug Jam 28 was one that will be remembered for years to come. Santa Pod Raceway really did live up to it’s reputation of having its own weather climate as we saw extreme sun and heat as well as torrential rain, and how did you like the lightning show we booked too? Luckily, the rain we did have did not dampen spirits or events in the slightest!

There were a number of changes made to the event from the off including an all new layout to bring the clubs into a more prime location and the addition of the chillout BugWam. Friday turned out to be the only RWYB day which settled the RWYB competitions. We had some great machinery making some passes including some Outlaw Flat Four, VWDRC and other race cars.

The winners of the RWYB classes were as follows:

Class A – Air-Cooled Cars
Jo Stamdaert
VW Beetle
12.333 @ 105.77mph
  Class A   Class A

Class B – Air-Cooled Vans
Adrian Aubrey
VW Samba
15.863 @ 82.13
  Class B    

Class C – Water-Cooled Cars
Alan Bottrell
VW Corrado
13.776 @ 106.79
  Class C    

Class D – Water-Cooled Vans
Noel Sosso
VW Caddy
11.624 @ 120.76
  Class D   Class C

Class X  Non Road Legal
Lee Capaldi
Go Kart
10.524 @ 120.75
  Class X   Class X

Friday night was the first of 2 nights worth of partying as the Ordinary Boys kept the masses entertained on the main stage while Raindance catered for the Old Skool Ravers out there. Elsewhere Whitetrash DJ played the night away with the best Indie Hits and Jensen D Groover teamed up with the Narni Shakers in the 2nd big top for the strictly disco night.

Before the serious race cars took over on track for their championship rounds, it was time for the annual Human Powered Race which had more entries than ever before as a mass of bodies took over the famed ashphalt. As usual, it was a bike rider that was first over the line, will anyone ever knock a push bike off the top spot? Congratulations to the following winners:

Fastest Bike:
Dru Dennis
  Show   Human Powered Race

Fastest Skate:
Jack Stevens
  Human Powered Race   Human Powered Race

Fastest Runner:
Brandon Hockstepp
  Human Powered Race   Human Powered Race

Most Imaginative Entry:
The Roller Coaster
  Human Powered Race   Human Powered Race

Another change to Bug Jam 28 was in the Live Action Arena as instead of the usual live stunt shows on Saturday, they were replaced with the “It’s a Knockout Challenge” with all sorts of fun and frolics.

No polish was necessary for Saturdays show car competition, the ever popular Rust & Rat competition. We’re pretty sure this was the biggest rust & rat competition yet so huge congratulations to all of our winners:

Best Other Air-Cooled
Eden Cayless
VW Variant Squareback
Eden’s squareback was slammed to the deck like all good rat lookers should be with a working blind in the back to boot.
  Show   Show

Best Off Road
VW Baja
Julian Camelleri
Julians entry form for the competition said it all, he wrote the following words (not sentences) “rust, mold, semaphores, rat, birdsnests”. Aside from all of those things, it was an awesome, unique creation.

  Show   Show

Best Interior
Paul Millard
Splitscreen Van
Pauls one off denim themed interior finished off his ratty, denim coloured van to perfection.

  Show   Show

Best Water-Cooled
Dan Holmes
VW Polo
Dan’s Jager themed polo looked like an absolute shed at a glance but closer inspection revealed some incredible engineering including 2 fully operational beer pumps

  Show   Show

Best Van
Bay Window
Roberts van was complete with OG signwriting featuring a company still in existence today from Texas!
  Show   Show

Best Beetle
David Hall
David’s bug had something about it that was just so right with an original pepco supercharger and 7” beam sitting on Erco’s.

  Show   Show

Judges Choice
Matt Ward
VW Eurocco
Most people will not have even seen a Eurocco before, certainly none like this. Matt was so confident no one would steal this shed that he left the window wide open with the keys in the ignition all day!
  Show   Show

Best of Show
D Hall
VW Type 2
This awesome 1955 split caught everyone’s attention as they passed complete with the whole rat look package, a thoroughly deserving winner.
  Show   Show

The computer game competitions were back in the Fuelers Bar offering the button bashers a chance to shine at the same event as the grease monkeys.

Young Finn came out on top of the 16 entries in the Mario Kart wii competition on Friday.
Jamie Willers was the winner of the Guitar Hero competition on the almost Retro PS2 console.

Mario Kart
Winner - Young Finn
  Mario Kart   Mario Kart


Guitar Hero
Winner - Jamie Willers
  Guitar Hero   Guitar Hero

Rob Austin was in attendance at the show with his BTCC Audi A4 and it was great to see this awesome machine hit the drag strip. Undoubtedly one of the races of the whole weekend was Rob Austin in the Audi Vs. a Chris Lambourne’s VW Split Screen van. This really was a titanic race. Chris was away first and led most of the way up the track but Rob just pipped him to the post and won by 0.11 seconds. Who’d have thought it?

Martin Hill was amazing the crowds throughout the weekend with a brace of 6 second thrust powered passes resulting in a best of 6.03 at over 260mph. Other 6 second exhibition vehicles were also making regular passes throughout the weekend in the form of a selection of Super Pro ET dragsters and some of their entertaining 2 wheeled counterparts from Super Street Bike who were regularly dipping into the low 7 second zone. All of this was in addition to a nitro burning funny car that put in a pass on both the Saturday and Sunday.

The Bug Jam’s Got Talent competition was incredibly entertaining with a number of entrants that put in outstanding performances including a couple of youngsters who were recalled for the final vote. The competition all changed after the last act when Luke and Sam (on a stag do) absolutely smashed it with their rendition of the Blues Brothers hit “Soul Man”.

Bug Jam's Got Talent
Winner - Luke and Sam
  Bug Jam's Got Talent   Bug Jam's Got Talent

The Bound and Gagged Comedy line up did not disappoint with a whole host of top calibre performers including Rudi Lickwood, Susan Murray and Scott Gibson who had the audience in stitches.

The Cuban Brothers headlined the main stage on Saturday evening and they undoubtedly stole the show. Even if you’d never heard of them before, you will now certainly looked out for them in future on the festival tour. Their combination of singing, dancing and comedy was Bug Jam personified! The alternative music arenas featured Judge Jules who took care of the dance night, Rock DJ Alex Baker and Ultra 90’s.

Serious Sunday arrived with a hangover for many but there was plenty of business to be settled both on and off the track.

The traditional Show & Shine competition was held in the show paddock and it was another record setting display showcasing a phenomenal number of vehicles:

Best Cal Look
Damo Tomes
VW Beetle
Damo’s bug was in the running for the best interior trophy until the judges got together and looked at this awesome machine as a whole.
  Show   Show

Best Resto-Cal
Mark Pateman
This oval was kitted out with full air ride allowing it to be dropped to the deck completing the resto cal look.
  Show   Show

Best Custom
Jonathan Coleman
This bug has been around for a few years and undoubtedly picked up a few trophies at previous events. A unique, modern, custom (almost split screen like) paint job will have immediately caught your attention but the same amount of thought and quality of work had been used throughout.
  Show   Show

Best Interior
VW Polo
Dans Polo was another in the running for multiple classes, namely the best water-cooled trophy but the re-leathered standard interior is what really caught the judges attention.
  Show   Show

Best Paint
Chris Fisher
VW T5 Transporter
There was some debate as to whether this van was wrapped or painted but after a closer inspection it was clear that the whole car had been carefully airbrushed both in and out.
  Show   Show

Best Original
Simon Gallaneo
VW Polo
This little gem has had 2 owners from new and completed only 35,000 miles with a full service history and was very nearly exactly as it rolled out of the factory.
  Show   Show

Best Other-Aircooled
Jason Brogan
VW Type 3 Notchback
Yet another contender for multiple classes but this Notch missed out on the best original prize on the grounds that it was slammed to the ground but still a thoroughly deserved winner of the best of the rest class – top notch!
  Show   Show

Best Late Van
Paul Frape
VW T5 Transporter
This T5 had a certain feel of split screen about it with the whole beach theme that ran throughout the whole car complete with hibiscus, airbrushing, surf boards on the roof and much more!
  Show   Show

Best Off Road
Steve Love
VW Beach Buggy
Steve’s buggy was in pristine condition, so good it could well have been built the day before and driven straight into Bug Jam!
  Show   Show

Best Splitty
Ryan Garwood
VW Splitscreen
This 1958 split was immaculate both inside and out thanks to a complete restoration topped off with a 2054cc engine and camping interior.
  Show   Show

Best Water-Cooled
Sam Wookey
VW Polo
This must have been the smallest vehicle to pick up a trophy in this years show but one that could not be missed on passing. This modded machine looked hard as nails!
  Show   Show

Best Beetle
Neil Payne
A fitting winner of the Best Beetle class here at the home of European Drag Racing is this 12.5 second 64 Bug which looked as mean as hell as was finished to perfection.
  Show   Show

Judges Choice
Mark Wrigley
VW Squareback
This square had it all both inside and out and won the honours of being the car that the judges would like to take away!
  Show   Show

Best Bay Window
Chris Ginn
Chris’s Bay looked relatively unassuming and wouldn’t have necessarily caught your eye on wandering around the show paddock but at a closer look, it really is a work of art.
  Show   Show

Hayburner Choice
Nick Pericli
VW Beetle
As judged by Hayburner, this years goodie bag went to Nick (or at least his mate who entered the vehicle on his behalf!?).
  Show   Show

Best of Show
Gary Wells
Bay Camper
What a display from this 1978 Bay. Not only did Gary present a pristine interior and exterior he even went through the trouble of preparing and displaying a “Propper” chopper alongside.
  Show   Show

Back to 89
Steve Tuck
VW Beetle
This blast from the past was typical of the early years of the VW scene, bright, vibrant colours, with a crazy roof chop returning to the show scene this weekend after 8 years of being off the road.

It was finals day on the dragstrip and we saw some nail-biting racing throughout. Congratulations to all of our finalists and winners:

Drag Racing Results

VW Pro:
Winner James Hodson,
Runner-up Nigel Green
  Race   Race

VW Sportsman:
Winner Tom Herbert
Runner-up Polly Judge
  Race   Race

Topspeed Automotive Street Eliminator:
Winner Jon Webster
Runner-up Stuart Williams
  Race   Race

Outlaw Anglia:
Winner Phil Middleton
Runner-up Rob Stone
  Race   Race

Sportsman ET:
Winner Ricky Hale
Runner-up Craig Wright
  Race   Race

Well, that was it, Bug Jam for another year! We’re rapidly approaching 30! Does that mean we need to slow down and starting taking it easy? We think not. Massive thanks go out to all of you that support the show by bringing and displaying all of your magnificent VW’s, especially the car clubs, thanks for helping make Bug Jam what it is today and has been this weekend. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, we hope you have too and we’ll see you back here at the same time next year!


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