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Come rain or shine, you Bug Jammers sure know how to party! We experienced all weathers this weekend, from the hottest day on record on Thursday to some summertime rain on Sunday; despite all this that festival vibe was still in the air as tents went up, flags got hoisted and those barbies were lit! Our glorious British weather didn’t dampen your spirits – you hardcore Bug Jammers still partied the nights away and enjoyed all the action we had lined up! We salute you!

The Main Stage kicked off the weekends evening entertainment with Band Theft Audio followed by The Spitfires with headliner ASH; The Dance Zone showcased Retro Reunion bringing us the best and biggest club hits to dance to until the early hours featuring Pied Piper and Sweet Female Attitude; we got our swing on over in the Retro Zone with The Electric Swing Circus preceded by C@ in the H@ and Mr Tea and the Minions; plus VJ Gary and his karaoke set had us partying all night long over in Fuelers Bar.

The Live Action Arena was running all weekend with mind-blowing performances from the death-defying Terry Grant and Lee Bowers with their legendary stunts plus Monster Truck mayhem from Podzilla and Swamp Thing as well as the retro Drift Beetle.

Bug Jam 33
Bug Jam 33
Bug Jam 33
Bug Jam 33

Celebrating 30 Years on the VW scene at Santa Pod Raceway, The Cool Flo Arena pulled out all the stops this year to celebrate the occasion with an amazing display of show cars, ‘Back to 89’ special display (new for 2019), old school BMX, banging beats from ‘Slippers the Split’ DJ Bus and of course, the awesome Cool Flo ramp.

New for 2019; the unique and welcoming Magic Teapot kept people refreshed and rested with endless tea and fireside merriness, Granny Turismo burnt some shopping trolley rubber round site with giggles and top tunes a plenty plus the vibrant and eclectic variety performances on stage provided the perfect daytime entertainment.

On Saturday afternoon, Bug Jam 33 hosted Bug Jam’s Got Talent where it was the audience’s chance to be the stars of the show. We saw a fantastic range of performances with singers, guitarists and dancers. It was a tough decision for the judges this year with some serious talent to choose from; in the end, it was Jenny Kelly who took the prize and the trophy wither stunning rendition of Adele’s Hello. Well done Jenny!

Got Talent
Got Talent

Bug Jam’s Got Talent Winner:
Jenna Kelly – Sang Adele’s Hello

Santa Pod Raceway’s very own Marathon, The Human Powered Race took place on Saturday afternoon! As ever, hundreds of you rocked up to the start line with some very vibrant and varied forms of human powered transport. Well done to all who completed the half mile; whether you ran, walked, rode, scootered or danced your way to the finish line - we salute you! The trophies went to the following Human Powered Race Champions:

Human Powered
Human Powered
Quickest Bicycle: Ben Greatorex
Human Powered
Human Powered
Quickest Runner: James McCafferey 
Human Powered
Human Powered
Quickest Skate: Aaron Bellinger
Human Powered
Human Powered
Most Imaginative Entry: Team Tank!

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! Thank you to all of you who entered – you did us proud! Well done to the winners of the following classes:

Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Splitty: Peter Thorne – 1958 VW Split - red/black – Reworked the whole gearbox/engine, 2.5L sub engine, stereo system.
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Beetle: Jordan Hall – 1960 VW Beetle - jade green – fully detailed fuchs, full air ride suspension, fully retrimmed interior/headliner.
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Late Bus/Van: Steve Thompson – 2011 VW T5.1 – black – interior/exterior.
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Paint: S.Pillet – 1962 VW Beetle – green.
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Custom: Colin Hillier-Daines – 1971 Agent Thor, VW Beetle chasis – red – standard!
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Interior: Daren Johnson – 1963 VW Beetle – copper bronze/black – smart engine, Bernard Newbury interior.
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Off-Road: Richard Clemens – 1966 VW Beach Buggy – blue.
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Original: Laura Johnson – 1970 VW Beetle – pearl white – original stock car, used to be daily drive now just a show car, sun visors signed by 60s bands such as the searchers, Chris Farlowe, Hermans Hermits.
Show n Shine
Best Other Air-cooled: James Rebekah – 1970 VW Karmen Ghia – red.
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best T25: Matt Underwood – 1981 VW T25 – bamboo yellow – ex camper and feature bus in 2010.
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Water-cooled: Adam Eluin – 1981 VW Mk1 Golf – purple – digital Astra GTE clocks.
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best Bay-Window: Greg Fryer – 1972 VW Bay-Window, Porsche Teurkis & Greisweisee – green.
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Judges Choice: Josh Brooker – 1973 VW Beetle – ‘custom mix’ grey – all built by myself from age 16, painted by myself in a workshop, all built on apprenticeship wage, driven 9000 miles since I finished it.
Show n Shine
Show n Shine
Best of Show: Shaun Howe – 1956 VW Beetle – silver – 17 inch split rims on air ride, 2110cc on twin 48’s with Porsche fan.

Bug Wam provided the ultimate chill out zone and rest bite from the rain; comfy sofas and live acoustic music created the perfect mellow vibe over the weekend with a Gin Palace bar for the odd tipple or two! Little Buggerz kept the kiddies entertained with all sorts of weird and wonderful workshops, activities, shows and games to get stuck into with a jam-packed schedule.

The RWYB Competition was hard fought so we’d like to congratulate the following winners:

RWYB
Class A – Air-cooled Cars: Craig Wainwright, Beetle, 14.2946 @ 90.31mph
RWYB
Class C – Water-cooled Cars (inc Caddies): Richard Scott, Golf R, 11.2082 @ 122.52mph
RWYB
Class D – Water-cooled Vans: Andrew Vinet, Transporter, 18.4951 @ 75.69mph
RWYB
RWYB
Class X – Non Road Legal (inc Cars on Slicks): Adrian Solly, Audi A3, 11.0266 @ 1239.49mph

Hopefully many of you were able to catch the unmistakable sights, sounds and smells of the Top Fuel Nitro Funny Cars out on the ¼ mile on Friday and Saturday! As well as the legendary FireForce 3 Jet Funny Car piloted by Martin Hill running a crazy 6.01 @ 268.16mph!

The insane and mesmerising preacher, The Right Reverend Michael Alabama Jackson opened the Main Stage for us on Saturday night with Oh My God! It’s The Church. It was then time for the main man himself; Platinum selling EXAMPLE took to the stage with a crowd of thousands waiting in anticipation for hits such as  ‘Changed the Way You Kissed Me’ and ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’ – the party was well and truly underway!

Bug Jam 33
Bug Jam 33
Bug Jam 33
Bug Jam 33

Alchemy hosted the Dance Zone on Saturday night with legendary sets from RatPack and LTJ Bukem whilst over in the Retro Zone it was a Bug Jam 90s Explosion of live music from Baby D, Berri, Urban Cookie Collective and Kelly Lorenna hosted by Dario G. 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!

Midday on Sunday it was the kiddies chance to wow the crowds as we hosted Little Buggerz Got Talent. From singers to dancing acts, the judges were very impressed with what they saw; this year, it was Toby Rollinson aged 9 who took the prize and the trophy playing and singing Bohemian Rhapsody on the piano dressed as Freddie Mercury (moustache included!) Well done Toby!

Got Talent
Got Talent

Little Buggerz Got Talent Winner:
Toby Rollinson – 9yrs Played and sang Bohemian Rhapsody on the piano dressed as Freddie Mercury (moustache included!)

The Show Paddock on Sunday hosted the Rust & Rat Competition. An awesome array of styles and designs were on display, this competition can be instinctive and abstract, however, after many turns around the paddock, I’m sure you’ll agree, the winners were as follows:

Rust & Rat
Rust & Rat
Best of Show: Calvin & Jang Garner Klein – 1971 VW Beetle – 1200cc – driven on the road regularly!
Rust & Rat
Rust & Rat
Judges Choice: Jack Royston – 1971 VW Type 3 Notchback – Aussi import, full custom flat pan floor and air suspension, rebuilt original 1600 engine, racing seats trimmed all by my better half!
Rust & Rat
Rust & Rat
Best Beetle: Harry Daines – 1971 VW Beetle – blue, orange & yellow – original colours coming through the paint work, full air ride.
Rust & Rat
Rust & Rat
Best Water-cooled: Neil Staines – 1995 VW T4 2.4D – green – spoiler from 1960 muscle car, interior made from leather offcuts, whole van made from free parts.
Rust & Rat
Rust & Rat
Best Van: Dave Spike – 1964 VW Splitscreen Camper – slammed wheels.
Rust & Rat
Best Interior: Callum Russell: 1999 VW T4 – white – lowered static, handmade interior made from reclaimed palette wood by Burntwood Customs, used to be a butcher’s van!
Rust & Rat
Best Other-cooled: Drew Everson – 1963 VW Karmann Ghia – blue.

From beetles to buses, campers to caddies and golfs to ghias – Bug Jam 33 saw them all! We hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as we did 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 34!!!

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