Bug jam 2016

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If you’re into Volkswagens, particularly the iconic Beetle, then you really can’t afford to miss Bug Jam.


The self-proclaimed ‘original and best VW festival’ hit its 30th anniversary this year, so in Bug Jam organisers knew they had to make 2016’s event a memorable one. And boy was it!

Staged at Santa Pod from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th July, Bug Jam’s schedule consisted of drag racing, stunt displays, autojumble, comedy acts, a funfair and not to mention, five gig arenas with performances from Prince and David Bowie tribute acts. Easy may their musical genius rest.




There were new additions to the event, such as the urban ninja obstacle course and Little Buggerz – an activity area for the under-tens with magicians, Punch & Judy shows and the chance to design your own tie dye t-shirts.
This is all very pleasant, yes, but what about the cars? Oh, there were plenty of those…

Over on the famous Santa Pod raceway, sat this black-as-night Beetle – driven by Sam Young. It was the fastest entry in the ‘run what ya brung’s’ non-road legal group, covering a quarter-mile in 9.6102 seconds, by which time it had reached 146.73mph.


Elsewhere in the contest, Scott Oliver’s VW Variant won the aircooled cars category (12.0205 seconds at 100.74mph), while Wayne Bradden’s shabby-chic splitscreen panel van was the fastest to cross the line in the aircooled vans group.

In the watercooled category, Thomas Parrott’s mk1 Golf was the quickest car (12.0831 seconds at 120.90mph) and James Sharp’s VW Doka topping the van group (15.5089 seconds at 88.74mph).



The peculiar Chesterfield bench seating and lounge chairs in Lee Fullard’s 1967 splitscreen van helped him secure the best interior trophy. Meanwhile, best off-road vehicle went to Mike Smith’s 1974 VW Thing – really, that’s what it’s called. Well, that’s its name in the US anyway. Don’t judge us.

Best van went to Jason Brogan’s 1964 Type 2, while the much sought-after best Beetle prize went to Seaside Neil’s 1956 Oval, which judges, said: “looks every day as old as it is”. Insightful.

Sunday’s show and shine naturally brought out the most gleaming VWs of the event – with Shaun Howe’s candy red 62 Beetle claiming best of show – but the rest of Santa Pod was dotted with some of the most unique and equally cherished VWs.





Bug Jam isn’t all about VWs, it’s not even all about cars because one of the biggest highlights of the show this year was the human-powered race, which saw hundreds of people try their hand at covering the Santa Pod’s quarter mile, on foot.

As these pictures suggest, it was mayhem but a whole lot of fun too, with some runners donning fancy dress for the occasion.



It’s likely that some of the people running on that raceway have attended all thirty Bug Jams. This is the kind of passion and dedication VW, and especially their Beetles, stir up in fans and there’s no suggestion that attendees nor organisers are getting fed up any time soon.


The 31st Bug Jam is expected to take place at Santa Pod as usual during July 2017, we hope you’re as excited as we are.

Some of our favourite images from the weekend below:









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28th Annual Florida Bug Jam

2016 Theme: Marvel “Volkswagens Assemble!”

Sunday, Nov. 13th at the Pasco County Fairgrounds

36722 State Road 52, Dade City, FL 33525 (7 ½ miles east of Interstate 75, off Exit 285)

Woke up early to meet a group of local volks to cruise together to the Pasco Fairgrounds in Dade City. A few of our vw friends had camped overnight from enjoying the Pre-Jam events on Saturday. It was a beautiful morning and thankfully no problems with the car.

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Spent the day checking out hundreds of vw’s and had a good time searching around the swap meet area too. No luck finding a few pieces I was interested in picking up. Another great turnout for BugJam!

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Accepted an award for Mark Bybee, who already left the show. Congratulations!


As usual tradition, we went to Pancho’s Villa Mexican Restaurant with our neighbor for some great grub!

Here’s a link to a cool video recap: YouTube: Florida Bug Jam 2016

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2016 Florida Bug Jam Classes

Stock means factory options ONLY
(If it’s lowered, has aftermarket wheels, 009 distributor, chromed-out engine — anything that didn’t come from the factory/dealer with — it is NOT stock)

Modified – 1 or more modifications

Full Custom – 8 or more modifications

(Note: New classes have been added)

1 – A-1 Bug, Pre-1958, Stock
2 – A-2 Bug, Pre-1958, Modified
3 – A-3 Bug, 1958 to 1964, Stock
4 – A-4 Bug, 1958 to 1964, Modified
5 – A-5 Bug, 1965 to 1967, Stock
6 – A-6 Bug, 1965 to 1967, Modified
7 – A-7 Bug, 1968 & Later, Stock
8 – A-8 Bug, 1968 & Later, Modified
9 – A-9 Bug, Pre-1958 & Later, Full Custom
10 – A-10 Herbie, All
11 – B-1 Bug Convertible, to 1972, Stock
12 – B-2 Bug Convertible, to 1972, Modified
13 – B-3 Bug Convertible, 1973 & Later, Stock
14 – B-4 Bug Convertible, 1973 & Later, Modified
15 – B-5 Bug Convertible, All Years, Full Custom
16 – C-1 Super Beetle, All Years, Stock
17 – C-2 Super Beetle, All Years, Modified
18 – C-3 Super Beetle, All Years, Full Custom
19 – D-1 Ghia Coupe, All Years, Stock
20 – D-2 Ghia Coupe, All Years, Modified
21 – D-3 Ghia Convertible, All Years, Stock
22 – D-4 Ghia Convertible, All Years, Modified
23 – D-5 Ghias, All Years, Full Custom
24 – E-1 Thing (Type 181), Stock
25 – E-2 Thing (Type 181), Modified
26 – E-3 Thing (Type 181), Full Custom
Type II, III & IV
27 – F-1 Type II, to 1967, Stock
28 – F-2 Type II, to 1967, Modified
29 – F-3 Type II, 1968 to 1979, Stock
30 – F-4 Type II, 1968 to 1979, Modified
31 – F-5 Type II, All Years, Full Custom
32 – F-6 Bus Campers, 1968 to 1979, Stock
33 – F-7 Bus Camper, 1968 to 1979, Modified
34 – F-9 Bus Camper, 1968 to 1979, Full Custom
35 – F-10 Vanagon & Euro Inc. Camper, 1980 & Later, All
36 – G-1 Type III & IV, All, Stock
37 – G-2 Type III & IV, All, Modified
38 – G-3 Type III & IV, All, Full Custom
Specials Interest, Rails, Etc.
39 – H-1 Baja Bug, All
40 – H-2 Open Body, All Years
41 – H-3 Trikes, All
42 – H-4 Rails, All
43 – I-1 Special Interest, Street-Legal Vehicle
44 – I-2 Special Interest, Not Street Legal (Machinery, Etc.)
45 – J-1 Kit Cars
46 – K-1 Rat Rods (Custom)
47 – K-2 Rat Rods (Not restored)
48 – K-3 In Progress. All years & makes. Just about show ready.
49 – L-1 Water-Cooled, Up to 1984, Stock
50 – L-2 Water-Cooled, Up to 1984, Modified
51 – L-3 Water-Cooled, 1985 to 1994, Stock
52 – L-4 Water-Cooled, 1985 to 1994, Modified
53 – L-5 Water-Cooled, 1995 to 2004, Stock
54 – L-6 Water-Cooled, 1995 to 2004, Modified
55 – L-7 Water-Cooled, 2005 & Later, 0-3 Modifications
56 – L-8 Water-Cooled, 2005 & Later, 4 or More Modifications
57 – L-9 Water-Cooled, All, Full Custom
Daily Driver (Must have proof of insurance)
58 – M-1 Daily Driver, Pre-1958, Stock (Must have proof of insurance)
59 – M-2 Daily Driver, Pre-1958, Modified (Must have proof of insurance)
60 – M-3 Daily Driver, Pre-1958, Full Custom (Must have proof of insurance)
61 – M-4 Daily Driver, 1958 to 1968, Stock (Must have proof of insurance)
62 – M-5 Daily Driver, 1958 to 1968, Modified (Must have proof of insurance)
63 – M-6 Daily Driver, 1958 to 1968, Full Custom (Must have proof of insurance)
64 – M-7 Daily Driver, 1969 & Later, Stock (Must have proof of insurance)
65 – M-8 Daily Driver, 1969 & Later, Modified (Must have proof of insurance)
66 – M-9 Daily Driver, 1969 & Later, Full Custom (Must have proof of insurance)
67 – M-10 Instead of Parking Lot (Park inside, T-shirt & dash plaque, Not Judged)

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Bug jam 2016

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View photos from Bug Jam 30 on the Facebook Gallery.

Bug Jam 30 Highlights Video

Bug Jam 30 Report

Bug Jam 30 was one birthday party that did not disappoint and will live on in the memory banks for years to come. In addition to all the usual Bug Jam highlights there were heaps of new additions for the big 3-0. One of the most popular Bug Jam additions was the Little Buggerz kids activity area for the under 10’s which had everything from punch and judy shows and magicians to design your own tie dye T-Shirts. Thanks to the early arrival pass, by time the event properly opened on Friday morning Santa Pod was well on its way to being full and before long there were VWs for as far as the eye can see. We must give a special mention to those that camped so neatly to enable us to create an awesome VW badge as seen from above!

Another new addition was the Urban Ninja obstacle course that was running throughout the weekend and provided much entertainment for those hardy souls giving it a go as well as those that chose to sit on the side-lines watching with their beers. By Friday afternoon there was a hive of activity everywhere you looked with BMX displays from the Cool Flo riders, comedy over in the big top marquee and on track RWYB action.

Air Hockey

In the Fuelers bar we had a brutal air hockey competition where 10 people were narrowed down to just 1 winner. We had all ages take part and it was big Bug Jammer vs. Little Bug Jammer in the final and the gloves were off. To the surprise of many, it was little Jammer Joe Flooks that walked away with the trophy after an awesome final.

Friday night was tribute night on the main stage with tributes to Amy Winehouse, David Bowie and Prince and all acts were awesome! The SkaSouls took care of the Fuelers bar for the night with Club MTV in the dance zone and as voted for by YOU in the Retro zone we had Bug Jam is now 30 with tunes from throughout the years of Bug Jam. The whole music line-up was certainly a highlight and Scouting for Girls on Saturday night had the whole place rocking, even playing their very own campervan song! With Jensen D’Groovers legendary car wash, Toolroom Records and the silent disco there really was something for everyone.

Saturday saw the conclusion of the RWYB competition so congratulations to all of the following winners who ended up at the top of the tables:


A - Aircooled Cars
Scott Oliver
VW Variant
12.0205 @ 100.74mph


B - Aircooled Vans
Wayne Bradden
Splitscreen Panel Van
17.2907 @ 77.34mph


C - Watercooled Cars
Thomas Parrott
Mk1 Golf
12.0831 @ 120.90mph


D - Watercooled Vans
James Sharp
VW Doka
15.5089 @ 88.74mph


X - Non Road Legal
Sam Young
VW Beetle
9.6102 @ 146.73mph

Trophies were also awarded for the ever popular Rust & Rat competition which seems to grow year on year. The winners that walked away with the trophies on this one were:

Rust n Rat
Rust n Rat

Best Interior
Lee Fullard
1967 Splitscreen
It was the seating that clinched the trophy for Lee with Chesterfield bench seating and even a couple of lounge style chairs up front – that’s ultimate driving comfort!

Rust n Rat
Rust n Rat

Best Off Road
Mike Smith
1974 VW Thing

Rust n Rat
Rust n Rat

Best Beetle
Seaside Neil
1956 Oval
Neils bug was too cool for school and looked every day as old as it is!

Rust n Rat
Rust n Rat

Best Van
Jason Brogan
1964 Type 2
This genuine laundry van was dragged out of an Alabama swamp where it had sat for 27 years before being resurrected and whilst having a ratty exterior, maintained a pristine interior that complimented the look.

Rust n Rat
Rust n Rat

Best Other Air-cooled
Marc Kyle
1959 Karmann Ghia
This ghia was slammed to the deck and rolling on ercos and the cream colour combined with sprinkles of rust gave it the perfect look.

Rust n Rat
Rust n Rat

Best Water-Cooled
Mark Dunmore
1991 Scirocco
This “2 face” car wasn’t for everyone but no one could walk past without taking a second look. It’s split personality ran right through the car with features on the inside and out!

Rust n Rat
Rust n Rat

Judges Choice
Calvin & Jayne Klein
1971 Volksrod Beetle
This complete custom had too many features to list and looked like it had driven straight off the set of mad max – incredibly it’s road legal too!

Rust n Rat
Rust n Rat


Best of Show
Emerson Large
1971 Bug Rod
This thing stopped everyone in their tracks and was an incredible cross between hot road and beetle. An up close look revealed so much more than initially met the eye.

New for 2016 to raise the profile of the B289 display, the line-up was on Saturday this year alongside the Rust & Rat and it was great to see some of the most iconic VW’s from all the Bug Jams displayed once more at the 30th.

Show n Shine
Show n Shine

Back to 89
Dave Heading
VW Beetle
This car and it’s stand out paint job feels like it’s been around forever yet never seems to age – a deserved winner on this 30th anniversary.


The Human Powered Race was an absolute monster, too many people to count but we’re convinced it was the biggest ever. Before mentioning the winners we must give a special mention to little Phoenix who did the whole race all on her own on her little space hopper. How she managed the ½ mile in the heat we had is beyond us but there was no way she was giving up. Rightly so, she got the loudest cheer of the lot and thanks to the guy that hung back and rode with her so she wasn’t last over the line. Those that walked away with trophies were:

Fastest Bike & Overall Winner- Ewen Bower
Fastest Runner - James McCafferey
Fastest Skate - Scott Walker
Most Imaginative - The Flintstones

Human Powered
Human Powered
Human Powered
Human Powered
Human Powered
Human Powered


The Live Action Arena was running all weekend too with insane performances from the legendary Terry Grant joined by Freestyle Motocross team Broke FMX and the pair of Monster Trucks; Podzilla & Swamp Thing.

Table Tennis

Another trophy that went out on Saturday was the Table Tennis competition and it was another competition open to both kids and adults alike and it was an adult that had the trophy on this occasion. Well done to Stuart Cook!


On Saturday afternoon it was the audiences turn to be the stars of the show with Bug Jam's got Talent on the stage. Singers, guitarists, dancers and a magician competed but it was young Lily who took the prize.

Show n Shine
Show n Shine

Bug Jam's Got Talent
Winner: Lily


Sunday was the Autoglym Show & Shine and serious race day and it was one of the best show & shine line-ups we’ve ever had which made the judging a difficult affair!

Show n Shine
Show n Shine

Best Cal Look
Declan Simmonds
66 Beetle
Declan’s 1200 beetle had the perfect  rear up, nose down stance completing the ultimate cal look

Show n Shine
Show n Shine

Best Resto Cal
Mark Pateman
54 Oval Beetle
Marks Oval is a serial winner here and is always a contender for Best of Show. This bug is immaculate all round

Show n Shine
Show n Shine

Best Custom
Leon Clarke
85 Scirocco
I think you  could look at Leon’s scirocco for days and still not spot all of the custom touches it featured, the fuel filler cap under the rear number plate and elimination of roof gutters were highlights!

Show n Shine
Show n Shine

Best Interior
Ann-Marie Willis
72 Type 2
The diamond stitch interior on this bus was do die for – a very worthy winner!

Show n Shine
Show n Shine

Best Off Road
Paul Ridgewell
71 Meyers Manx
Paul’s buggy and the blue flake paintjob looked like it’s never been outside never mind on a beach like we know it has but the interior, exterior and engine were all stunning.

Show n Shine
Show n Shine

Best Paint
Rob Lampkin
71 Karmann Ghia
This ghia was a good all rounder and wound up with the best paint trophy thanks to a lovely yellow clio sport paintjob.

Show n Shine
Show n Shine

Best Original
Jim & Linda Dykes shown by Colin Evans
89 Polo
This non restored 27 year old polo incredibly has less than 26k miles on the clock and looks like it’s been rolled straight out the factory.

Show n Shine
Show n Shine

Bets Water-Cooled
Chris Berridge
90 Caddy
This pristine mulberry Caddy featured v6 audi power on air with custom touches completing the look inside and out.

Show n Shine
Show n Shine

Best Other Air-Cooled
Lloyd Jackson
64 Country Buggy
It’s not often you see a Country Buggy anywhere but one as simply and gleaming as this one is unheard of.

Show n Shine
Show n Shine

Best Late Van/Bus
Shaun Lewis
07 T5 Transporter
Shaun’s transporter is a complete custom build inside, outside and under the bonnet and it drew everyone’s attention as they made their way past.

Show n Shine
Show n Shine

Best Bay Window
Christopher Ginn
68 Type 2 Camper
This quite unassuming bus was pristine on closer inspection with a dreamy red interior complimenting the perfect white exterior.

Show n Shine
Show n Shine

Best Splitscreen
Greg Burnard
67 Double Cab
This simple double cab featured beautiful paint work all round and the whole look just worked so well!

Show n Shine
Show n Shine

Best Beetle
Steve Lawrie
Karman Beetle
This beautiful bug was a strong contender for Best of Show and the favourite car of may – an absolutely stunning machine!

Show n Shine
Show n Shine

Judges Choice
Max & Elenie Abbott
63 Split Screen
All of the judges were in agreement that this bus couldn’t go home without a trophy making it the perfect candidate for judges choice!

Show n Shine
Show n Shine

Best of Show
Shaun Howe
62 Beetle
This House of Kolor Candy Red bug was as close to perfection as it gets, everywhere you looked it was pristine!

On track we saw some classic side by side, tight races throughout the weekend along with some blisteringly quick demos runs from the FireForce Jet Car, a handful of Super Street Bikes and the Mental Breakdown Split Screen dragster which set a new pb of 7.33 seconds! The winners of the permitted race classes were:

European Funny Car Series:
Winner Kevin Kent
Runner-up Gordon Smith
Drag Racing
Drag Racing

Topspeed Automotive
Street Eliminator:
Winner Matt Smith

Watch a WebTV show of Street Eliminator at Bug Jam below.

Drag Racing
Drag Racing

Outlaw Anglia:
Winner Jedd Guy
Runner-up Cliff Griffin

Drag Racing
Drag Racing

VW Pro:
Winner Sam Young
Runner-up Dave Crowhurst

Drag Racing
Drag Racing

VW Sportsman:
Winner Tom Herbert
Runner-up Adrian London

Drag Racing
Drag Racing

Sportsman ET:
Winner Andy Dibley
Runner-up Tom Atkinson

Drag Racing
Drag Racing

Lucas Oil Junior Dragster Cannonball:
Winner Dylan Bradley
Runner-up Kaitlan Deevey

So that’s a wrap for another year – that’s 30 whole Bug Jams and we know that some of you have been to every single one! It’s been another massive weekend from all aspects and long may we continue to share weekends like this. Thanks to everyone that came along and got involved and brought their VW’s, especially the clubs that are such a fundamental part of the show. Thank You Bug Jammers – you’re all awesome and we’ll see you back here next year!

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