Bug Jam 2012, or to give it it’s proper name, Bug Jam 26 is cruising towards its third decade now, and is firmly established as Europe’s biggest, best and most popular VW show of the summer! It is returning on Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July once again with a line-up of both on and off-track action that reflects the history and heritage of this iconic event. Over 33,000 show-goers can expect to have fun in a VW-inspired, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Bug Jam 26 looks set to pack even more entertainment, fun, action and racing into 3 hectic days than ever before with an itinerary that means you can choose to soak up the sun and sights with a cold one, or run manically between the various stages, tents and arenas, availing yourself of an almost non-stop line-up of great things to do.
Often dubbed ‘Glastonbury On Wheels’, Bug Jam offers an eclectic selection of all things VW, wrapped in an intoxicating mix of music, comedy, nightlife and lifestyle. It is a true festival in every sense of the word, with a vibrant and relaxed atmosphere, bringing to life the very essence of all things VW. As ever, this year, all of the action is also being captured for a lifestyle documentary programme on Motors TV. Find out more here.
A cool-ection of Europe’s greatest, shiniest and fastest VWs are set to take centre stage – and, after it proved so popular in previous years, scene legends Type 2 Detectives will be performing a live custom build over the weekend! But even if that’s not your thing, there’s an incredibly diverse list of attractions to choose from, making Bug Jam a superb event for all sorts of enthusiasts.
As well as classic drag racing from the pros, there are numerous chances for you to have a go yourself in the many ‘Run What You Brung’ sessions held over the weekend. Running on the strip throughout the show will be Fireforce, Santa Pod’s resident 280mph Jet Car; a 7000 bhp Fuel funny car; the insane Jet Beetle and Wheelie Split; Eric Teboul’s Rocket Bike; and of course, the 7-second quarter mile-turning 2 seat dragster for the very brave to ride in. Polishing buffs will also love the Autoglym ‘Show and Shine’ area, where Europe’s most beautifully finished creations compete for top honours.
It is advised you bring a full wallet, because not only is there one of the biggest collections of VW traders in one place; but also the Autojumble is often known to throw up some real rare finds. For example, you might have been looking for that obscure VW part for months – you may well unearth that desired treasure at Bug Jam! Better still, there are complete cars to take home from the ‘For Sale’ area, which usually throws up a few genuine bargains!
Adrenaline junkies have plenty to keep them entertained. Not only will UKFMX be providing 2 days of gravity-defying action, but they’ll also be ably assisted by Podzilla, Santa Pod’s very own car-crushing Monster Truck, this year battling it out with the similarly able ‘Swamp Thing’. There’s also a superb BMX, Skate and Scooter vert display, the insane Vander Brother’s Quad Wheel and even a full off-road course for Baja and Buggy owners. Headlining as ever, will be Guinness World Record’s most decorated stunt driver, Terry Grant, who will be attempting set yet another World Record with his incredible driving.
Music fans will hit ‘tilt’ thanks to a packed itinerary of live bands across four stages. The music line-up so far includes some of the finest tribute acts in the country such as Beatlemania and The Complete Stone Roses on the main stage, with Haçienda in the Dance Zone, Carwash with Wham!Duran in the Retro Zone and Motown in Fuelers Bar. Event headliners are Simon & Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene ‘unplugged’ on the main stage with a Propaganda Indie night in the Retro Zone, a Super Hero themed night in the Dance Zone and an Ibiza-style Foam Party in Fuelers Bar. In other words, bring your best dancing pants. You’ll be needing them!
Bug Jam’s comedy line-up is usually pretty solid, and this year’s Saturday headliner will be Rhys Darby (Murray from ‘Flight of the Conchords’). Rhys will be joined by many other great British comedians. You’ll be seeing plenty of familiar faces from the TV, as well as many up-and-coming stars of tomorrow. Catch them before they fill Wembley at £80 a seat!
There’s another capacity crowd expected, so show goers are advised to book their tickets early at The Santa Pod Website. For and further information, please visit The Bug Jam Website or call 01234 782828.
Source: Wheelwright Blog