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|Upon entering Santa Pod and walking towards|
the main area and the track I noticed the lovely
Chianti red early bay. The U.S. import looked
liked a nice clean and straight deluxe bus.
This lovely early beetle was slammed on the
deck, with a very narrow front beam. Those
gorgeous wheels finished off the look of this
stunning looking bug.
|This pre '63 looked great from this angle, the|
colour suits the car perfectly as does that
negative camber on the rear wheels.
|This super bright lime green T4 caught my eye|
with it's super bright paint and the stainless
steel bumper bars.
|This bronze and orange T5 looked amazing, it |
had had everything colour coded to match the
exterior, even the engine components.
|Just a few variations of the split screen van that|
was present at the Big Bang Festival. A normal
bus, a Jurgen Autovilla and an ex-army
|There is something about a split screen that has|
the safari screens open that just looks right, and
this white over blue patina'd bus was no different.
|This 1969 bay window was at Santa Pod to|
participate in the 'run-what-ya-brung' racing. He
was in Class B for air-cooled vans and won his
class with a best time of 16.5714 @ 81.23mph
|A very solid looking 1978 late bay painted in the |
Heineken colour's with the sign written sides.
This really was a nice solid looking late bay.
|If you like your split oval beetles slammed on the|
floor with bags of patina then this beauty should
satisfy your needs.
|The super narrow front end accentuates just|
how low this beetle sits. It must have taken the
weather years to create so much cool patina,
but good things come to those who wait.
|You can see just how narrow that front end really|
is in this photo and also just how low the cars sits
over the rear wheels. I did like the amber indicators
on the door pillars. This bug with all it's charm won
'Best Beetle' at the show.
|A stunning 1966 beetle in a light turquoise green|
colour with matching colour coded steel wheels.
The chrome Porsche style head light grilles were
a nice addition and matched the chrome trim and
bumpers perfectly and also broke the colour up.
|This gorgeous Karmann Ghia was parked up|
behind the track and looked stunning in it's
graphite grey colour. Judging by the front vent
grilles and the rear light cluster this KG was
produced sometime between 1955-1959.
|This KG had been lowered and looked as though|
it had a narrowed front beam and with the Fuchs
style wheels and the colour, it looked awesome.
|The rear end had a 'baja' look to it with the|
exposed engine and no rear apron. I did like
those huge rear whitewall tyres on the deep
dish banded steel wheels.
|The attention to detail and the quality of the paint|
finish under the hood was also immaculate. The
contrasting colours worked so well.
|The same attention to detail and the quality of|
the finish carried on into the engine bay. I did
like the all red rear light lenses with the blue dots.
|Another gloss black beetle but this 1958 was|
so different from the one above. It looked mostly
stock with painted steel wheels. Again the finish
on the car was incredible and the attention to
detail was amazing.
|A beautifully sign written fuel tank with a gold |
script font on the grey paint looked fantastic.
|The stock look continued around the back, the|
only non standard thing was the painted decal
on the doors, 'Chimay'. I couldn't find out much
about this beetle but Chimay is the location of
the European Bug-In show so maybe this was
a promotional vehicle for that show? If your
interested in visiting a show abroad check out
the European Bug In website here:
|This 1971 chopped and channelled, fenderless|
oval beetle looked like something out of the film
'Mad Max' and I loved it. The big wheels looked
like 1940's Ford wheels and the tall cross-ply
white wall tyres suited the overall look perfectly.
|The exposed rear end with the twin air filters|
protruding the bodywork and the custom rear
lights made this rear end something special.
|The interior was very basic with alloy seats and|
door panels. The custom alloy dashboard had
what looked a reliant robin instrument cluster. A
very tall gear lever finished off the interior.
|The fuel filler has been moved into the roof, why|
I hear you ask...?
|Because the bomb shaped fuel tank, is mounted |
behind the seats and looked cool and it was
even painted to resemble a WW2 bomb.
|This 1974 beetle had the RAT look with it's|
patina'd paint scheme. This bug was seriously
lowered, it may have even been on some form
of air suspension to sit this low and the super
narrow front beam adds to the look.
|The rear end with the exhaust exiting out the|
side of the body reminds me of a TVR Tuscan
rear end. I'm not sure if this ran down the 1/4
mile track at Santa Pod, but it looks as though
it could have or should have done.
|From 1972-1985 a British customising company|
Beaujangle, made this buggy and called it
the Beaujangle Can-Am. Extras included
on this buggy were an alloy framed windshield,
wire mesh engine access panel and an interior
trim kit... whatever that is.!
|A lovely profile photo showing the beautiful|
classic lines of a lowered Karmann Ghia.
|Another vehicle that just oozed patina was this |
early oval beetle. The colour under the patina
was such a nice blue colour. I did like the chrome
wheel trims on this bug.
|These oval window beetles were produced from|
1953 - 1957 when the larger full width window
|The interior of the Type 166 is, as you would|
expect extremely sparse. The wooden slats on
the floor helped to keep your feet dry.
|The paddle and shovel were standard equipment|
on the Schwimmagen. This amphibious car really
is an amazing piece of engineering that was
designed and built over 70 years ago.
|The darkness of the patina (rust) was almost|
mahogany colour and the yellow lenses on the
headlights complimented it perfectly.
|This bug must have been somewhere hot for a|
long time to produce such nice sun burnt patina.
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|Looking at vehicles parked up is OK, but it's|
not the same as seeing them drive along, as
they somehow look better as this 1967 early
bay proves as it cruises past me.
|The same applies to this white over red early|
split screen as it cruised around the site.
|A couple more Ford Anglia's prepare to race|
each other down the 1/4 mile track.
|Santa Pod's resident jet car, Fire Force 3 came|
out for a run down the 1/4 mile track. This car
has a body based on a Chevrolet Lumina. It
has a Pratt and Witney J60 engine from a
Sirorksy Skycrane Helicopter and produces
5500lbs of very explosive thrust.
|The tension is heightening, as the car prepares|
to run it produces plumes of smoke and flames,
and a lot of noise.
|Almost ready to go.. the noise from this beast|
is deafening and I just had time to take this
photo before I had to cover my ears as the car
launched off the line and came whizzing past me.
|A mere 6.576 seconds later it's all over. The car|
had reached a top speed of 212.81mph in just
1/4 mile from a standing start. However this is
not it's best time, back in 2005 it ran a 5.7
second pass with a top speed of 336.1mph
which I believe is a world record that still
stands today. Why not check out a You
Tube video of The Fire Force 3 jet car, here:
|This lovely early barn door split screen looked|
great parked up. I wanted to get more photo's
but just as I took this photo, the bus pulled away.
|A photo of a pair of Beetle's for no other reason|
other than they looked good parked up next to
|This oval window Beetle took me back to my|
customising days back in the 1970's. It featured
frenched indicators and a lovely coat of bright
|More frenched indicators on the rear and some|
old skool slot mag wheels finish off this blast
from the past perfectly.
|This 1966 Beetle was parked up in the camping|
area, and it looked as thought it had just driven
out of the VW showroom. It was stunning and
looked to be 100% original.
|Some say that I have an unhealthy fetish for |
sign written panel vans and also buses with
yellow head / spot lights, well this gorgeous
satin light brown split screen panel van had
both and looked awesome.
|This bus looks just about perfect from every|
angle. The full length roof rack was a nice
|After walking around the site for a good few|
hours we decided to have a look at the 'Action
arena' where they had several attractions going
on. One of those attractions was this guy on a
quad bike performing jumps.
|This guy was an ex-motocross champion and|
to make the jump more exciting he would add
some freestyle manoeuvres by lifting his legs
above the handlebars.
|Just to make it look more difficult they placed|
a monster truck between the ramp and the
landing ramp. The height and distance this guy
got on his quad bike was very impressive.
|Terry Grant was there in his 1937 Ford sedan.|
This car is a lightweight version and is powered
by a 1250cc Yamaha engine. To read more
about Terry check out his website:
Terry would perform numerous stunts with his
modified Ford, normally with Terry on the outside
the car which thrilled the crowds.
|Terry also performed the two wheel drive but|
with a twist. Terry used a new shape beetle for
this stunt, and instead of going solo Terry got
4 members of his crew to also get in the car
with him, this included one guy in the boot.!
|A good shot of the new beetle driving the length|
of the arena on two wheels.
|The resident Santa Pod Raceway monster |
truck named 'Podzilla' was also doing it's bit
in the action arena.
|The driver would place his front wheels against|
the first vehicle in the row, then give it full throttle
and the beast would leap up and over (well OK
onto) the row of vehicles.
| It was very impressive the height and distance|
this monster truck achieved.
|This lovely yellow split screen kombi cruised|
past me and looked just about perfect.
|This stunning bright red split oval window beetle|
looked awesome in the sunshine. The black bra
was a nice accessory which is quite rare. I did
like the choice of wheels.
|A stunning coat of paint over a super straight|
body, finished off with the bright chrome work
of the bumpers. I did like the old skool teardrop
all red rear lights.
That was the Big Bang Camper and Bus Festival
for 2015. Although we only attended for the day
we all had a great time, and the weather was a
lot better than forecast. This is a great show and
if you want to see more of the show check out
this cool video on youtube: