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Apr 14 2010

15 reasons to attend Big Bang

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The Fun & Friendly Family VW Festival
23rd -25th April 2010
Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough, Northants. NN29 7XA
01234 782828


1. Drive your VW on the strip, whether it’s a Beetle, Bus or Golf, all shapes and sizes of VW are welcome for a mere £25 per day of unlimited runs. Just bring your driving licence and sign-on fee to the signing on office where you’re then set to run on the FIA approved track. You will also be able to collect free performance print-outs of each run showing a breakdown of speeds and times!


2. Kids Entertainment. Big Bang is the family VW show and with a great selection of kid’s activities all weekend, it’s no wonder. There are kids parties, face painting, circus whizz (kind of like a workshop for circus tricks where you come and go as you please) and of course, they get to enjoy the rest of the show along with the adults and big kids!

3. Live Action, There are a whole host attractions as well as the track including a Monster Truck display, 260mph Jet Funny Car, UKFMX, the UK’s best Motocross display team, a classic VW Beetle powered by with a mahoosive jet engine, BMX displays and much more!


4. Championship Racing. The VWDRC will be here to show you how it’s done with their specially prepped Drag Racing VWs. There are also a few other invitational classes including Super Modified and Street Eliminator so you can expect to see 7 second runs at over 170mph! There will even be a couple of sub-10-second bike classes to add even more variety to the track.


5. Live Music. As always at Big Bang, there will be the Big Top Marquee as well as the bar, both hosting Live Music for you to choose from, as well as Funky House and Anthems from DJandyB, LeeDagger and a tribute night with tributes to Duffy, Lady Ga Ga and Scissor Sisters plus loads more live bands. It’s all part of your ticket price. So no excuses for not getting them in!

6. Live Magic/Comedy. Magician Alistair Cook will be performing a live magic show with a twist as he provides even more entertainment for your viewing pleasure. But no, as good as he is, he can’t make your hangover disappear. Only bacon rolls can do that.


7. Traders. Owning a VW, the chances of you needing a part of some description will be quite high and with such a large number of traders together in one place, whatever you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it here! Everything from sunglasses to branded surfwear is on site and don’t forget the Pod Shop for all of your camping needs, supplies and official show merchandise.

8. Autojumble. Not bothered about fitting all of the shiny parts to your VW as long as it does the job? The Big Bang Autojumble could be the answer! There are some great bargains to be had in this second-hand area and you might even find something rare and valuable! On the other hand, if you have a veritable scrapyard of second hand parts at home or just a handful of spares – the Autojumble is the ideal place for you to get it shifted.

9. Cars For Sale. Whether you’re looking for your dream ride or next project, be sure to check out the Cars For Sale area, as there’s bound to be something for you. For sellers, this is the perfect place to advertise your car as there’s nowhere else in the UK that you will find such a large number of VW enthusiasts in one weekend!


10. Show & Shine. Got an awesome custom car, rare original or restored stunner? Whatever species of VW it is, if it looks cool, get it into the Show & Shine on Sunday. It’s free to enter and you’ll be sure to have a crowd to appreciate your efforts. New for 2010 there will be a “Get Yer Rat Out” competition taking place on the Saturday. Due to the Show & Shine’s ever growing popularity they have even separated the rats from the shiners to ensure that no one gets turned away!


11. Handling Track. Straight lines not really for you? Well this is a great opportunity to show your skills with Big Bang’s handling track. Put your car through its paces in this track designed especially for those lighter, more nimble vehicles – and there’s even a trophy for the quickest time of the day!

12. Wired For Sound. Big Bang has its own radio station, Nitro FM on 96.2FM, tune in, either in your car or bus – or listen out to the on-site PA for some great tunes, useful information and reminders about what’s on and where. Also text in and get your message read out on the air! There was even a marriage proposal via this method once. No idea if she accepted though.


13. Designated camping areas. with Santa Pod’s huge grounds, The BB team has separated the camping areas to make the whole experience better for you. There is club camping, for those that want to display your cars in a prime area and reserve space for fellow club members, Family camping for those of you with ankle-biters, quiet camping for those that might just want a peaceful early night, but don’t have kids with you and finally general camping. Wherever you go, please respect your neighbours! A weekend away is no excuse to forget good manners.

14. Alternative Energy Racing. Turn up on the Friday and you will see an entirely different show altogether as Big Bang will be running alongside Alternative Energy Racing. Understanding the effects of the pollution and current world, (Pah!..allegedly.. BB!) Santa Pod Raceway is hosting this event to encourage environmentally friendly race cars and bikes. So, who knows? You could see the future of drag racing at this very event! Peace! Friday will also seethe buses from BWA and USB and the Cal-Look Bugs from Green Heart and SAS re-balancing the ‘carbon footprint’ on the track.


15. The final – and probably the best reason to go to Big Bang – is the price! For a mere £35 on the gate you get access to see everything listed above. Your camping and parking is included, grandstand seats are free, entrance to the music and magic shows are free, you can even enter your own vehicle into the Show & Shine and have a go at the Handling Track, Baja Course, Art Bug and Human Powered Racing for no extra cost! There are many more reasons to attend, but these 15 should give you some idea – miss it – miss out!


Don’t forget to put your name down for VZi Camping – HERE

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