Big Bang VW Show

Big Bang Camper & Bus Show - SUSPENDED

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th May 2020 - Santa Pod Raceway

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Unfortunately Big Bang Camper & Bus Show has been suspended. Therefore Ticket Holders will receive a full credit to your Santa Pod Ticket Shop account equal to exactly what you’ve already paid, which can be redeemed against any Santa Pod Raceway event within the next 24 months. Contrary to our standard terms and conditions, this credit will be available for 24 months instead of the standard 12 AND include any booking and postage fees that you’ve paid.

We are operating with a reduced workforce like so many other businesses causing a significant delay in our normal administration processes but we will be in touch with all our visitors as soon as we have more information to share. We are also trying hard to instigate a few more bells and whistles on our ticketing platform to make some of the admin quicker and more efficient for us all. Bear with us, while we work through all the communications, enquiries and requests from our customers – we’re dealing with everything as quickly as possible but it’s not easy.

Rest assured that we will get around to you!

At Santa Pod Raceway the safety and welfare of racegoers and participants is paramount. Please view the latest information regarding how the situation is affecting events at Santa Pod Raceway on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Big Bang VW festival is the first and friendliest VW show on the calendar. Despite high-octane racing and two music arenas, the festival remains as laid-back and family friendly as ever. All Vee Dubs welcome!

Three days of VW fun with great racing, music and entertainment at the home of European Drag Racing! All Beetles and buses, campers and Caddies, Golfs and Ghias are welcome at the show to enjoy, show & shine, Drag Racing, or simply filling the camp sites with VWs and chilling out. Weekend entry is from 9am Friday.

What's On At Big Bang 2020

Drag RacingDoorslammer Drag Racing

The track action will be Doorslammer racing which ran in the 1970’s and 1980’s and now returns to Santa Pod in a bigger and better format, along with a huge prize fund.

Six heads-up classes along with one huge Bracket class including the unlimited Pro Doorslammer, Pro Street, True Street, FWD, 4 Cylinder, 6 Cylinder and the Big Bracket.  Sat & Sun.

Details at

RWYBRun What Ya Brung - RWYB
Take your own car down the strip! Learn the basics of Drag Racing, beat your mates and test your car in a safe and legal environment. All drivers must bring a valid driving licence to sign on. Friday Only, £25 for unlimited runs. Full details


Show n ShineAutoglym Show & Shine Competition
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 with trophies and Autoglym prizes for the winners. (VWs only – NO VAG!). Sunday

  • Best of Show
  • Best Original
  • Best Custom
  • Best Interior
  • Best Exterior
  • Best Engine
  • Best Beetle
  • Split, Bay & T25 Top 3
  • T4/5/6 Top 3
  • Best Other Air-Cooled
  • Best Pre-2005 Water-Cooled cars*
  • Best 2005 Onwards Water-Cooled cars*
  • Judges Choice
  • Promoters Choice

*Inc Caddies


How to Take Part:

  • Get your vehicle over to the Show Car Paddock on Sunday morning from 8am, where you will be parked up.
  • Fill in your entry form, available from the Show & Shine unit.
  • Make sure you're back in the Show & Shine area for the presentations to see if you've won.
Rust & RatRust & Rat

If you lust for rust or are partial to patina, then get your car, van or bus into the Rat line-up in the Show Car Paddock from 9am and we’ll be awarding trophies for the coolest cars out there. Saturday.

  • Trophies:
  • Best of Show
  • Best Beetle
  • Best Van
  • Best Other Air-cooled
  • Best Water-cooled
  • Best Interior
  • Judge's Choice

How to Take Part:

  • Get your vehicle over to the Show Car Paddock on Saturday morning (from 9am… please no earlier!), where you will be parked up.
  • Fill in your entry form, available from the Show & Shine unit.
  • Make sure you're back in the Show & Shine area for the presentations to see if you've won.

Live MusicFree Live Music*
A full line-up of brilliant party tunes and serious live music across 2 arenas. Whatever floats your boat, there’s bound to be something to make you boogie at Big Bang. The Marquee will be open from 7:30pm until 12am and Fuelers Bar until 1am.

Friday Marquee: The Acid Brothers & Niki Dimensions
Friday Fuelers Bar:
The Big Bang ‘Ska & Soul’ Party! with The SKAlectrics
Saturday Marquee:
Jensen D Groover’s ‘Big Wig’ Party! Featuring Uncle Funk & the Boogie Wonderband
Saturday Fuelers Bar: Wordsworth

Details on the Music page.

*As part of your Sporting Event entrance only.

CampingCamping & Clubs
Separate campsites for General Camping, Family Camping, Club Camping, Quiet Camping and a Camper Van Only Field.

Club Camping
Club camping areas are available to book with discounts available on large group bookings. View full details and download a booking form on the Clubs page.

Camplify - Caravans & RVs
Peer-to-peer caravan hire and RV-sharing community, Camplify provide a wide selection of RV accommodation that can be booked at the event. Visit

Jet BusOklahoma Willy - The Jet Bus

This 1958 VW pick up spent most of her life on a farm in Oklahoma. Over the last 4 years the truck has undergone a total nut and bolt restoration and has been re-engineered to introduce modern components. The Rolls Royce Viper 535 jet engine is from a fighter jet with an afterburner added to produce a maximum power output of 5000 lbs of thrust which can be roughly translated to 5000 BHP.

Jet CarFireforce Jet Car
This is the fastest jet car in the world but driver, Martin Hill, makes 6-second quarter-mile runs look easy. With the motor generating the equivalent of 10,000bhp, just being able to see straight under this kind of acceleration is a major task!


Monster TruckMonster Truck

The Monster Truck Podzilla will delight adults and kids with it’s awesome car-crushing show of strength on Saturday and Sunday.


Fair Fun RidesFun Fair Rides
All the fun of the fair with dodgems, arcades, waltzers, sideshows and more.

BMX RampCool Flo BMX Ramp

Cool Flo will be bringing along their BMX / skate ramp and their team of outstanding Pro riders will be putting on regular demonstration shows over the weekend. The ramp will also be open for public sessions so if you’re a competent rider and fancy a go, make sure you pay them a visit! (Helmets must be worn)

Cool Flo


The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be flying over Santa Pod Raceway.

Saturday 2.07pm - Spitfire
Sunday 12.09pm -Lancaster

AutojumbleRetrojumble & Cars 4 Sale
Buyers: Retrojumble is your chance to find rare & vintage parts for your classic Vee-Dub.

Sellers: If you have a veritable scrapyard of second hand parts at home or just a handful of spares, autojumble is the place to sell. Please phone 01234 782828 to book your 6m x 6m spot in advance for £40 or it's first come first served on the day for £50. NO CLOTHING ALLOWED

Cars For Sale Paddock: Just like the small ads, but instead of a little picture, you get to look at the whole car! Free for buyers and sellers. Just turn up on the day.

Trade VillageTrade Village

As always there will be a huge variety of traders selling; VW parts, new and vintage clothes, festival supplies, jewellery and more! Also, check out the Pod Shops for daily essentials and Santa Pod merchandise.

Football Crazy

Football Crazy!
Welcome to the world’s only mobile football stadium, complete with referee and commentator. One a side football just got serious!

Sing along to all your favourite football tunes as the referee encourages all you Big Banger’s to get involved. Meanwhile the commentator keeps everyone entertained with his constant stream of opinions, statistics and ‘deep’ thoughts about the unfolding mini football cup final.

With two top volunteers from the crowd both giving 110% in literally a game of one half……the winner leaves with a gleaming gold trophy and the title of “The special one!”

The mobile stadium is pristine, the referee is inscrutable and the commentator is permanently confused…. it’s just like the real thing! (Sat & Sun)

Truck RidesMonster Truck Rides

Rides in the back of the monster truck Red Dragon will be available each day. (Passengers must be over 3ft tall)

Red Dragon

Action Wheels

Action Wheels
A safe, friendly and exciting “Have-A-Go” two wheeled feature aimed at children aged 2 and upwards and of all abilities on two wheels. A child friendly Adventure Zone which includes balance beams, sea saws and rumble strips is created for the children to navigate their way around. Action Wheels supply a selection of bikes and safety gear that’s free to use for all ages and abilities.

Tot Rods

Miniature Campervans
This year we have the fantasic Vags Dub Totrods bringing their miniature camper vans down. Kids will be able to cruise around in style, driving the pint-sized splitties around a mini-track.

AuctionBig Bang Bring & Buy Auction

The Bring and Buy Auction is the perfect place to buy (or sell) many items from car parts and BMXs to collectors favourites and VW memorabilia with the odd surprise thrown in! Simply bring your lots to Fuelers Bar 15 mins before the auction. All proceeds will be donated to the Pod Children's Charity. Anyone with public lots wishing to donate their winnings is welcome to as well.

Pod Children's Charity: A Pod entertainer first visited children in Great Ormond Street Hospital about 42 years ago - we currently provide around 3000 visits a year in about 130 hospitals and hospices throughout the UK. Every penny raised is spent on entertainers fees and our entertainers work for a much discounted fee. All admin and other costs are paid by a separate and privately funded charity.

Bars & CaterersBars & Caterers
There are multiple bars and a range of caterers to suit all tastes on site at Santa Pod Raceway. View details.

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