Saturday, 23 September 2017

Bug Jam 31 (part 2 of 3)

This weeks blog review is part 2 of 3 all about the Bug Jam VW Festival. Bug Jam which is now in it's 31st year, and has as far as I know has always been held at the world famous Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire. Bug Jam is a weekend festival for all makes of Volkswagen's and this year was held over the weekend of 21st - 23rd July. There is always plenty to do and see at Bug Jam including: 5 music arenas, drag racing, run what you brung (public track time), show and shine, comedy artists, traders, stunt displays, jet car, auto jumble, fun fair and much more. Bug Jam is billed as 'Europe's biggest and best VW festival, I haven't been to that many European VW festivals so I can't comment if it's the best show or not, but it certainly is big. There must have been tens of thousands of visitors over the weekend, many of who stayed for the whole weekend. Due to family commitments I could only go for the day on the Saturday, but there were literally thousands of Volkswagen's of all descriptions there parked up with their the camps set up for the weekends festivities, and hundreds more vehicles who like myself went for one day only. Whatever type of Volkswagen rocks you boat, I guarantee you'll find it at Bug Jam. As you enter Santa Pod Raceway the service road takes you through the camping area towards the 1/4 mile strip, fun fair, catering vendors and different display arenas. I always wander off the road and wander through the camping area as this is where you get to see plenty of quality Volkswagen's parked up. The review continues as I wander around the festival looking at all the amazing vehicles
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To kick start this weeks blog we have this really
awesome 1973 slammed panel van. This old
RAT look panel van sits lower than a rattle snakes
belly in a tyre track. I did like the overall look of
this van.

I'm not sure what size motor this van had, but I'm
guessing it wasn't the stock 1600cc motor.  I'm
also pretty sure the chassis and been notched, 
to sit that low, it may even have air ride as driving
this an at that height would be interesting! The 
super narrow front beam keeps the front wheels 
tucked well under the cab floor.

Looking at where the exhaust exits I'm guessing
that the engine and gearbox have also been
raised to allow the bus to sit even lower. This old
van may look scruffy and tatty but the amount of
work that has gone into this van must be vast.

Another green bay but this time a lovely 1972
bus. I did like the '7up' decal, that brought back
fond memories of this soft drink I used to drink
as a kid, I'm not sure if you can still buy it today?

This early RAT look split screen bus was starting
to show it's age, but it still looked great. I did like
the graphite Empi 5 spokes that matched the
body colour.

This 1967 split screen panel van caught my eye,
simply because it looked like a good honest panel
van, and I do like panel vans!.

This stunning 1969 chocolate brown beetle was
so straight and so clean. The perfectly applied
paint gave off a near perfect reflection.

This lovely bug has been lowered and the BRM
sprintstar wheels ( I think) suit the overall look of
this gorgeous bug perfectly.

You can see just how clean this old bug really is
from this photo. The reflections given off from
 that super smooth body are truly amazing.

Looking in between the hundreds and hundreds
of tents, I spotted this blue bay just poking out
from behind some tents. I did like the opening
rear screen on this imported bus.

This lovely black and red single cab pick up
looked great with it's two tone paint. This lowered
SC with it's colour coded bumpers and the Fuchs
style wheels both helped to make this SC stand out.

The body looks to be orange in this photo but it
was actually deep red. I did like the pick up bed
cover. I'm not sure if the owner used the pick up
bed to sleep in overnight or not, but I wouldn't
be surprised as it's be a cool place to camp out.

The 3rd green bay in this weeks review is this
lowered RAT look 1978 late bay. I did like the
headlight peaks and those gorgeous wheels,

and the overall look.

I do like sign written buses, and this old '78 had
the 'Heineken' logo on it... a good idea seeing as
bus was already painted in the Heineken green.

This lovely 1966 2 door notchback looked like a
good solid car. These type 3's are sought after
as there isn't that many around, compared to the
type 1's and 2's.

The black and ivory painted steel wheels looked
great against the body colour and suited the car
perfectly.

With the hundreds upon hundreds of campers
parked up in the camping area, it can be hard
to find your bus when coming back from the beer
tent late at night, but I bet the owner of this mauve
and orange 1969 bus doesn't have any trouble
finding his bus! These colours shouldn't work on
such a big area, but actually they do.

This lovely old oval window lowered bug looked
cool. The black paint could well be the original
 paint as it just had that old look you get with
original paint. The BRM wheels with the black
inserts suited the body perfectly.

This really was a straight old bug, as the deep
reflections in the paint show. I did like the rear
window blind and the small tail light mounted onto
the rear bumper.

This white over baby blue 1969 early bay looked
super clean. The painted white fresh air grille,
the chrome headlight peaks and the clear indicator
lenses all help to give the bus a clean fresh look.

The 3/4 length roof rack with access ladder was
a nice accessory and were the chrome bumpers.
This really was a nice looking bus.

This stunning 1967 red and white Karmann Ghia
really was immaculate. I got chatting to the owner
who told me something very interesting about this
old KG. He was saying it has a feature that he
(and I,) haven't seen before... can you spot it?

It was this very unusual centre grille. When the
owner purchased the car he was told that the
centre grille was, if I remember correctly, was
either a California spec built car, or maybe a
Californian dealer addition? My blog has many
readers in California so if anyone over there
knows anything about this centre grille, please
post a comment to let the owner (and me) know
 a bit about how and why the grille got onto not
only this Karmann, but other Karmann Ghia's
as well. Thanks.

This old KG really was immaculate. It has been
lowered slightly just to give it the 'right' look. I did
like the all red U.S tail light lenses, and the chrome
tail towel bumper and luggage rack provide plenty
of sparkle. 

Bug Jam is open to all VW's both air and water
cooled. The RAT look is very big over here in the
U.K at the moment as this 1990 Scirocco proves.
This cool car looks like something from 'Back to
the Future'

On the other end of the scale was this Scirocco
which was like new, and fresh from the factory.
There is something strange going on here, as...

.. they are both the same vehicle! One half looked
to be fully restored to like new, and the other half
had been given the RAT look with attitude.

The half and half scheme covered the entire car
and whether you like it or not, you have to admit
it had been well done.

And don't think the interior had been left out, it
was also divided into 'as new' and 'RAT look'.

This RAT looking 1950's Karmann Ghia caught
my eye as it was so low. The super narrowed front
beam added to the low look. I did like the yellow
head light lenses and the overall look of the patina
paint work.

You can see just how low this old KG really was
from this photo, and how narrow that front beam
was. you can't even see the front wheels! This
lovely old Karmann was for sale for £15,000
($20,300 approx)

Just a pair of cool looking blue buses parked up
 at Bug Jam.

This T25 Karmann Gipsy was gorgeous, I would
love one of these as I think they are just so cool.
I thought I took more photos of this beauty but I
cannot find them so maybe I didn't.. that's a pity
as these really are nice campers.

I spotted this mad creation in the pits area, I didn't
see anyone riding it but just the look of it was good
enough for me to take a photo.

Such a fantastic selection of vintage Volkswagens
at Bug Jam. Everywhere you looked and every
corner you went round there was just more and
more quality Volkswagen's to admire.

The 'Cool Flo' gang were at the show with their
BMX display team, who are basically a bunch
of very talented teenagers who delight the
crowds with their BMX and skateboard skills.

July in the U.K. means only one thing, plenty of
rain! There had been so much rain in the weeks
before Bug Jam that the huge puddles close to
the pit area provided a safe shallow 'lake' area

 for the young children to play, complete with
their giant pink inflatable flamingo!

This stunning 1967 (I think) Chrysler Town and
Country Station Wagon was immaculate and so
gorgeous. This gorgeous U.S. sixties classic was
in the pit area. Those lovely 5 spoked chrome
wheels finished off the overall lock of this station
wagon.

You can see just how clean and straight this old
Chrysler really is from this photo. I just love the
design of fifties and sixties U.S automobiles.

The weekend saw plenty of drag racing, as you
would expect from the event being held at the
home of European drag racing. The 'Outlaw
Anglia's' were present all weekend racing in
round 5 of the championship. Colin Miller currently
leads the championship in this, his Anglia named

 'The Flyin' Fyfer'

A better look at the awesome paint scheme on
Colin's race car. This Anglia has a 1200BHP
Chevy 540 cubic inch motor with nitrous oxide.
The best time Colin has done down the 1/4 mile
is 7.588 seconds @ 178.54 MPH.

This lovey Fordson van was another drag car
that I spotted. I didn't find out much about this
stunning van. It's nice to see that the traditional
black and flames paint scheme is still alive and
surviving on the drag racing scene.

Inside the Fordson it's bare essentials only.
Alloy panelling, roll cage and seat is about all
there is inside the cab. 

Wheelie bars and a parachute tell you all you
need to know about how powerful this car is. The
stunning black paint gives off a near perfect
reflection in the super straight body panels.

So that was part 2 of the Bug Jam review. Next
week will be part 3 where you can see plenty more
vehicles including bugs, buses a Chevy stepside
pick up, Karmann Ghia's and action photos from
the drag racing including 'Split Second' the 8000
BHP jet dragster. So be sure to come back next
Saturday.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Bug Jam 31 (part 1 of 3)

Firstly I would like to apologise for not posting a blog review last Saturday, what with work commitments, family commitments and various other things I simply didn't have time to write the blog. This is the first time since 2011 that I haven't had the time to sit down at the PC to write a review and hopefully it will be the last !. I know that there are numerous people who like to ready my blog on a Saturday morning, so my apologies to you all. Anyway this weeks blog review is a three part review all about  the Bug Jam VW Festival. Bug Jam is now in it's 31st year, and has as far as I know has always been held at the world famous Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire. Bug Jam is a weekend festival for all makes of Volkswagen's and this year was held over the weekend of 21st - 23rd July. There is always plenty to do and see at Bug Jam including: 5 music arenas, drag racing, run what you brung (public track time), show and shine, comedy artists, traders, stunt displays, jet car, auto jumble, fun fair and much more. Bug Jam is billed as 'Europe's biggest and best VW festival' I haven't been to that many European VW festivals so I can't comment if it's the best show or not, but it certainly is big. There must have been tens of thousands of visitors over the weekend, many of who stayed for the whole weekend. Due to family commitments I could only go for the day on the Saturday, but there were literally thousands of Volkswagen's of all descriptions there parked up with their the camps set up for the weekends festivities, and hundreds more vehicles who like myself went for one day only. Whatever type of Volkswagen rocks you boat, I guarantee you'll find it at Bug Jam. As you enter Santa Pod Raceway the service road takes you through the camping area towards the 1/4 mile strip, fun fair, catering vendors and different display arenas. I always wander off the road and wander through the camping area as this is where you get to see plenty of quality Volkswagen's parked up.
To see all my other blog entries, go to ‘My Blog Archive’ to the left of this page. Simply click on an arrow for a particular year, then click on an arrow for a particular month, this will then give you a drop down menu for all the blog entries for that month.

The first vehicle I spotted was this gorgeous 1976
bay window bus. This really was a clean and
straight looking bus. I did like the mesh sun visor
and the 'truck' style mirrors.The lack of the indicators
in the normal place give the front end a clean
smooth look.

Another gorgeous vehicle I spotted in the camping
area was this light gold coloured 1969 Karmann
Ghia. This old KG has been seriously hit with the
lowering stick.


You can see just how low this KG really was from
this side profile photo.

Not a very good photo due to the reflection, but
you can just make out how clean and original
looking the interior was.

The Karmann Ghia is such a beautiful shaped
car, it has a timeless beauty about it.

This T3 Variant (squareback) was also of 1969
vintage and equally as clean as the KG (above).
I do like these Variants, as there aren't
 that many
around, compared to buses and bugs.

This really was a lovely example of the type 3.
These variants, along with the notch and fastback
models were produced from 1961 - 1973.

The campsite was full of camper vans of all
descriptions, and even had this camper van
shaped early bay tent.!

This super clean 1969 imported bay looked
gorgeous. I did like the colour which really stood
 out in the morning sunshine.

The side markers denote that it is a later bus,
but maybe the owner just prefers the marker lights
rather than the reflectors, it doesn't really matter
as it looked fantastic.

The stunning gold coloured oval window bug
looked amazing, it was so straight and clean..
oh, and so low!

You can see just how low this early oval really
is from this photo. The top of the wings are just
starting to show signs of patina

The oval window bugs are such lovely looking
cars, and when they sit this low and are running
on Porsche rims they just look so much better.

This lovely mid sixties split screen caught my
eye, maybe it was the two tone colour, maybe
it was those lovely Fuchs style wheels or maybe
because it was just because it looked so clean.

This stunning bright red 1970 bay looked great
in the sunshine. This slammed bus was painted
in the single red colour, including the roof and it
looked great.

Talking of slammed vehicles, how about this
yellow 1970 bug. This bug has a slight RAT look

and the body was virtually sat on the grass.

Another slammed bug was this pure RAT look
1970 two tone bug. If you like the RAT look then
you'll love this patina'd bug. I did like the overall
look of this bug.

The roof rack and rear screen blind were neat
touches that suited the look. The camber of the
rear banded wheels show you how much this old
 bug has been lowered.

This lovely white 1971 bug has also been lowered
but not to the extent to the two above. The banded
black steel wheels with chrome caps and white wall
tyres looked the perfect choice to compliment the
overall look of this lovely bug.

This 1967 splitty caught my eye, as it gave off
a glow in the bright sunshine. The two tone lime
green and bright green paint is a very unusual
choice of colours, but they actually look good 
together.

The bright lime green bumpers and the Fuchs
wheels add to this buses cool appearance.

This 1969 beige bay also caught my eye as it
just looked so clean and tidy. This deluxe bus
looks like an import which means it should also
be solid.

The old '69 deluxe had some lovely retro curtains
that suited the buses overall look.

A pair of blue bays parked up nose to nose at
Bug Jam. A clean 1977 late bay and an early
bay with a slammed, nose in the weeds stance.

This cool graffiti painted 1965 split screen stood
out parked up in the camping area. The name of
the game is be different and this colourful bus
was certainly that.

Wandering around the campsite, the place was
full of Volkswagen's of all descriptions.

If you like the rust / patina look then you'll love
the look of this 1973 late bay.

The T25's were very well represented at the Bug
Jam festival. These 2 caught my eye as although
they are both T25's, they look so different.

This 1970 Dormobile looked like a good honest
bus, what you see is what you get. Yes it had
signs of a hard life but it was on the road and at
Bug Jam, and that's all that matters.

This 1971 beetle is 'Miss White' a road / strip
beetle belonging to a mate of mine, Jonny.

Unfortunately Jonny only managed one run down
the 1/4 mile as he destroyed the diff whist doing
a burnout at the start. Jonny, being Jonny still ran
the bug down the strip though even with a broken
diff. As Jonny said, you can't un-break it!

Miss White has a 1641cc engine and the car
has been built mostly by Jonny. It's a shame the

diff broke as it would have been good to see how
fast all Jonny's hard work would have been.

This silver 1970 bay stood out from the others
as it was just so different. This bus had numerous
body modifications including the indicators up
where the fresh air vent is, the home made bull
bar and the steel mesh visor, and the single
wiper mounted in the middle of the screen. I did
like those big chunky tyres

On the front bumper this old bus had stickers
from various European countries that I assume
this bus has visited. If I'm right then this is one
well travelled bus. !

A lowered split screen panel van and a stock
height early bay parked up end to end at Bug
Jam. It doesn't matter what type of VW you have,
it's about coming together for a fantastic weekend.

Just trying to be artistic with this shot.. The variety
of vehicles at the show was amazing.

The blue early panel van looked to have some
fire damage on the rear quarter and engine lid,
and rather than repair and paint the effected
areas it looks as though the owner has just left
it, which does look cool.

Another attempt at being artistic...  a '71 tin top
and a '73 pop top.

I've seen this very cool looking surf themed split
screen on several occasions and every time I see
it I think, oh yeah, I like that! 

I have a 'thing' for sign written buses and this
bus has plenty of hand painted signage to grab
my attention, it also just happens to be painted in
my favourite colour.

I think this gorgeous dark blue and white split
screen belongs to a guy called Stuart, who I did
the 'Run the Ring' with last year. It certainly looks
like his bus (although I could be wrong!)


That was part one of three all about Bug Jam
2017. Next week will be part 2, where you can 
see plenty more quality vehicles including a 
lovely '67 single cab split screen and a very
unique (I've not seen this before) Karmann Ghia.