Saturday, 13 August 2016

Bug Jam 30, (part 3 of 3)

Welcome to the third and final instalment of my blog review about Bug Jam 30. The Bug Jam VW Festival celebrates it's 30th anniversary this year, and 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 22nd - 24th 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. Due to family commitments I could only go for the day on the Saturday, but there were thousands of Volkswagen's of all descriptions already there parked up with their the camps set up for the weekend, 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. The blog continues as I wander around looking at all the cool Volkswagen's.
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This very distinctive early split screen I have
seen on several occasions and it never fails to
impress me. I have also seen this bus in several
VW magazines. The gorgeous green gloss paint
looks awesome against the matt grey finish of the
lower half. 

This lovely bus really is so clean and the grey
paint accentuates how straight this bus is. I'm
sure the fitments on the rear of this bus mean
that it's an ex-military (or ex- something) but
I just cannot remember what...! The polished
Radar wheels looked great, especially with the
narrowed front beam.

It's all about the small details as this photo
shows of the bullet indicators on this splitty.

This two tone bus really did stand out. The
twin roof racks with the triple spot light set up
and the bumper mounted twin spots both

 looked good. 

This super bright cabriolet beetle looked great
as it cruised past heading towards the club
camping area in the summer sunshine. The
contrast between the yellow body colour and
the white hood worked really well. The Fuchs
style wheels glistened as the female driver
slowly drove past.

This RAT look early bay had signs of a fire in
the engine bay, and it looks as though the
owner has just left it rather than paint over
the damage. I have seen several vehicles
like this and personally I like the look, as they

say, every scar tells a story.

This super low 1967 was immaculate. The 
perfectly straight body panels had been painted
in a gorgeous deep green colour. The black
steel wheels with white wall tyres looked the
perfect choice for this bug. The narrow front
beam helps to keep the front wheels tucked
right under the front wings.

You can see just how straight this lovely bug
really is in this photo. The chrome towel rail
bumpers add just enough bling to add the
sparkle to the overall look.

I do like panel vans and this 1965 split screen
van got my full attention. This really was a nice
clean example and the white over bright red
paint worked so well.

Perfectly straight side panels helped to make
this old panel van stand out. The twin roof racks
were a nice addition as were the colour coded

If you thought that green beetle (above) was
low, this 1970 is even lower, in fact it looks as 
though it is actually sat on the grass. I'm 
assuming this cool bug has some from of air
 assisted suspension.

The bright yellow paint looked good and helped
to make this low rider stand out. I did like the
headlight peaks and door peep mirrors.

You can see just how low this bug was from
this angle

Bug Jam attracts visitors and participants from
all over Europe to show off their vehicles, run
the 1/4 mile and generally have a goof time.
These 2 buses were just a couple of the
Belgium visitors that attended Santa Pod for
the weekend festivities.

Volkswagen's of all descriptions parked up
in the camping area. This is just one of the
hundreds of through routes through the various
camping areas.

You do see many weird and wonderful home
made modes of transport at Bug Jam and this
cycle caught my eye. I'm not sure it would be

 too stable with those small wheels, and the 
guy riding it through the camping area did 
look a bit shaky as he cycled past, but he
 was having fun, and that's all that matters.

A late bay, 1969 Beetle and a T25 all parked
up next to each other. It doesn't matter what
model you have or what condition it is in, if it's
 a  VW, go along and just enjoy the weekend.

Another red beetle, this time a lovely 1963
model that looked pretty much original. This
bug had the green 'P' stickers on it indicating
that the driver has just passed their test, I just
wish I had something this cool to drive around
in when I first passed my test.

This really was stock looking and the original
paint had just a few signs of patina starting to
show which looked cool. 

This lovely blue 1971 bay looked great with
it's super low stance, narrowed front beam
and Fuchs style wheels. The paint looked to
be original and added to the cool look of this 
bus. I did like the old skool foxes tail on the aerial.

This really was a nice looking bus that actually
looked very solid. The bright Hawaiian printed
curtains looked good against the blue body colour.

Just a random photo looking at the camping
area, Volkswagen's of all descriptions parked
up together.

A spilt screen panel van and a BMX bike are
enough to ensure the owner of this bus has a
great weekend at Bug Jam 30.

A green 1967 type 3 Notch back, and a sky
blue and white 1973 late bay parked up at
Bug Jam 30.

White over green on these gorgeous buses, 
a 1964 split screen and the later type 25 both
with the same two colour combination.

Another white over green combination on this 
early bay that I spotted cruising past. This
bay looked to be standard height and pretty
much original.

This lovely bay reminded me of my Microbus
before she got painted as it looks very similar

in this photo.

Another vehicle I spotted cruising around the
site was this (very) patina'd split screen. This
lovely old bus had been lowered and the white
painted steel wheels sat on a narrowed front

This lovely bus looked so cool just cruising

So that was Bug Jam 30, 2016. I hope my blog
has given you an insight into this event, there
were thousands more vehicles, attractions and
things happening all weekend that I couldn't
fit into the blog review due to space, but hopefully
it will have given you an idea about this show. If
you haven't been before I suggest you do next 
year as I don't think you'll be disappointed. 
Next week's review is all about the Camper and
 Bus show so be sure to come back next week.

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