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Oct 29 2010

Santa (Pod) is comin’ to town – Xmas gifts and discounts on 2011 events

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Santa Pod, the home of European drag racing has literally just saved Christmas for petrolheads everywhere, with their seasonally cheering ticket offers and superbly stocked online ‘Pod Shop.

The FIA-approved venue is offering enthusiasts the chance to buy any tickets for 2011 online, before the 31st January 2011, and benefit from an ‘Early Bird’ discount of a whopping 20%. Best of all, that’s off ANY show you care to visit, even the headline FIA/UEM Top Fuel and capacity-filled ‘lifestyle’ events like USC or Bug Jam qualify, as long as the tickets are purchased before the end of January. The only shows not covered are DWYB days, RWYB days and Third Party events (like VW Action, GTI Festival etc.)


As the perfect Christmas gift for any motorsport or car enthusiast, day ticket prices for certain events start at under a tenner, so rather than giving socks, chocolates or some CD that will never be listened to, why not give them something that they’ll actually enjoy? With Santa Pod’s show content aimed squarely at a good old-fashioned family day out, why not get a few and take the whole clan out for the day? Better still, get a weekend ticket, (where appropriate) and avail yourselves of the free camping and facilities on site.


If you’re still stuck for the perfect gift, simply click to and then the ‘Pod Shop’ tab to reveal a huge range of toys, books, DVDs, stickers, and even clothing. If that doesn’t inspire you, why not buy a gift voucher? – valid for all of the above – and let the lucky recipient decide for themselves? With stickers starting at just 50p and gift vouchers available in £10 denominations, there’s something to suit every budget and taste.


So take it from us, don’t settle for Granny’s socks this Christmas. Drop decidedly unsubtle hints and get something that you actually want to open this year.

For more information, please click or call the team on 01234 782828


Jun 25 2010

Latest News From Bug Jam

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Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th July
Santa Pod Raceway,
NN29 7XA
01234 782828

Every week that goes by takes a little bit closer to the “Big One”. Bug Jam kicks off on Friday 23rd of July, and we’ve got more news from the show:

New for this year is the Bug Jam Comedy Challenge, where budding comedians can take a priceless lesson with top comedian Sully, and even have a crack at performing in front of a live crowd. Unbelieveably, this is completely free and guaranteed to be a great laugh, that’s worthy of the entry fee alone if you think you’re a bit of a funnyman/woman. Take a look on the website for some more info, and don’t forget, the popular comedy shows on Friday and Saturday are here to stay too. Please check the GUIDE for details.

Also new for 2010 is the Bug Jam Car Share Deal. Arrive 3 or more in a car, and have a drink on the house! The Bug Jam crew will be handing out a £15 bar voucher for each vehicle that arrives with three or more paying adults on board. Save petrol, save the planet (one crate of beer at a time), save a few quid for booze, soft drinks and water! Please see the Bug Jam homepage for a few more details:

Also, new for Bug Jam is the addition of an off-road course for Baja, Buggy and military vehicle fans. Free to use for anyone with a suitable vehicle, it will also be great fun to watch!

Jun 18 2010

Bug Jam Announces New Show & Shine Format

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Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th July
Santa Pod Raceway,
NN29 7XA
01234 782828

Following the success of the 2-day show car competitions at Big Bang, Bug Jam has also adapted to accommodate ever-increasing numbers of competitor cars. The Rust & Rat show is now on Saturday morning, and the Show & Shine is now on Sunday morning.

Both competitions have been moved to the camping-side of the Santa Pod site, which will make vehicle access easier, and hopefully much less queuing to get out for competitors! The two-day format will also allow the Bug Jam crew to handle a higher total number of competitors, and a whole range of new trophies have been announced:

Rust & Rat


Best Beetle
Best Van
Best Other Air Cooled VW
Best Water-Cooled
Best Interior
Best Military
Judges’ Choice

Show & Shine


Best Beetle
Best Splitty
Best Bay-Window
Best Late Bus/Van (T25, T4, T5)
Best Off Road (Buggy, Trekker etc)
Best Other Aircooled (T3, KG, Frid, Kit cars etc)
Best Watercooled

Best Original
Best Paint
Best Interior
Best Custom
Best Resto  Cal
Best Cal Look
Judges’ Choice
Best of Show

For the full info on the changes, please visit the official website and click “Show & Shine”:

Nov 9 2009

Bug Jam breaks record, raises cash

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DADE CITY (Not Santa Pod – VZi) – Seventeen people managed to break a world record by cramming into a classic Volkswagen Beetle over the weekend writes

The 21st annual Pasco County Bug Jam was held at the county fairgrounds.

The current record for the most number of people crammed into a VW Bug was 15, set in Rio de Janeiro. Sunday, they broke it by two people.


To count, everyone involved must be at least five feet tall and 18 years old. The doors and windows have to be closed for at least five seconds.

“It was crazy in there. It was just hot and sweaty and cramped up. The guy who was in the front, I just kept putting my feet on his head and he was OK about it,” laughed participant Barry Dawson.

All of the proceeds from the event went to All Children’s Hospital. Since the Bug Jam started, it has raised nearly $150,000 for the hospital.

Oct 24 2009

Santa Pod 2010 Dates

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Santa Pod Raceway, the home of European Drag Racing has just released its full 2010 calendar. In-keeping with previous seasons, Santa Pod offers something for everyone throughout the year, mixing classics, modified metal, bikes, music, fireworks and of course racing! Lots and lots of racing!!! Basically, if you enjoy a great day out, there’s bound to be something there you’ll love. Best of all, in these credit-crunching times, kids under the age of 16 get in for free at almost all of Santa Pod’s major events throughout the year, so taking the clan needn’t mean breaking the bank! Best of all, the ‘Pod team has frozen prices for all of its own events at the ’09 rate!

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Show highlights include February’s Stunt Night on the 19th, where the cream of European automotive performers and artists wow the crowds. March the 21st sees the hugely popular Fast Show and the 11th of April offers the GTI Spring Festival, for those who like their cars loud, proud and quick! April’s Easter Thunderball (2nd – 5th) showcases the finest in European Drag Racing and the Big Bang Camper and Bus Show from the 23rd to the 25th is perfect for those who prefer their VWs old – and comfy!

Fans of all years of modded metal will love the PTM show on the 9th of May and there’s more stunt based japery abounds for the May Bank Holiday. In fact, May’s a busy month at the ‘Pod, as the host venue for the FIA European Drag Racing Championships between the 28th and 31st. If you want to see just how fast cars and bikes can really cover the quarter mile, get a ticket, quick!

June sees the Summer Nationals on the 19th and 20th for quarter mile fans to get their fix and also hosts the UK Truck Show, – both being a cracking family weekend away. July sees Japshow on the 4th and of course, the legendary Bug Jam , now in its 24th year, between the 23rd and 25th .

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August brings the unstoppable party that is Ultimate Street Car between the 6th and 8th whilst September hosts classic VWs once again for VW Action on the 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Drag fans will also love September’s National Finals between the 9th and 11th, and Jap fans who didn’t get enough in June can visit the Japshow finale on the 3rd of October. Finally the year ends in a bang with the eyeful that is Flame and Thunder on the 30th of October and the Fireworks Frenzy on Bonfire Night.

Of course, in between these massive events lie a plethora of ‘Run What You Brung’ and ‘Drift What You Brung’ days where petrol-heads can thrash the living daylights out of their own car in total safety, without falling foul of the law. In addition, there are literally dozens of marque-specific and club based events throughout the year to ensure that no matter what your church, there’s a Santa Pod event to suit.

With its central location, warm welcome and superb facilities, make sure you get to the Pod at least once in 2010. With the most eclectic mix of events in the UK scene, it’s hard not to find something you love! See you there!

To see the full line up please click to or call the team on 01234 782828

Sep 11 2009


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Bug Jam is on to Prime Time TV!

Here’s a heads up about the first of many Bug Jam shows that will be going out at Prime Time on the Motors TV station (Sky 413, Virgin 545) on the 23rd of September at 7.05 pm and then again later in the evening.

It’s being aired as ‘Santa Pod Extravaganza – Bug Jam’, so please don’t miss it.

Paul Cowland from Pro-Motiv sent over some screen grabs for us to use and we have to say there are some appearances by some seriously dodgy looking dudes.

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Diary date: 23rd of September at 7.05 pm – Sky 413, Virgin 545

Jul 27 2009

BUG JAM 23 – 2009

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Friday 17th to Sunday 19th July 2008 – The Original & Best VW Fest


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What have we done to deserve this? Another rainy Bug Jam was forecast, and that’s pretty much what we got too, but fortunately, the dedicated Bug Jam fans turned out en-mass to brave the inevitable mud and have a great time with fellow VW fans. With great music, comedy, loads of trade stands, and brilliant people guaranteed, if some racing could be fitted in during a dry spell it would be a nice bonus.


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