Tuesday 29 July 2014

Kent VW Festival & Scooter Show

Kent VW Festival & Scooter Show moved to a new venue this year (Folkestone Racecourse) after parting company with Chilli Farm and its steam rally. As you may have noticed the show also changed its name slightly so it could include some old Lambretta’s and Vespas. I personally think it was a good move as I don’t know many dubbers that are into traction engines and it gave the show more of a festival vibe rather than a country fair! I believe others felt the same as it looked like numbers attending were very much up on last year.
The site was a bit churned up to say the least due to bad weather at the previous weeks War and Peace revival, I’m sure that tanks and other military vehicles mixed with mud would be fun but it left the fields in a bit of a mess!
Luckily the weather leading up to the event was hot and dry so there was no need for the tanks remaining on site to drag out any stranded VW’s.
There was lots of great entertainment this year from Ska, Northern Soul and a Beatles tribute band for the Scooterists to old skool rave courtesy of DJ Slipmatt who had the main tent making shapes like it was ’91 all over again.
Saturday saw the scooter show n shine with a beautifully restored Lambretta from 1956 and Sunday saw the VW show n shine with ratty splits, hotrods and immaculate type 3’s.
Great show and well re-invented.

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Monday 21 July 2014

Bug Jam 28

We travelled up to Santa Pod for our annual pilgrimage to Bug Jam on the Thursday afternoon this year and despite the weathermen predicting storms all weekend we got off lightly with one thunderstorm over night on the Thursday and a spectacular lightning show just clipping the pod on the Friday evening, this was a result as Santa Pod is notorious for turning in to a quagmire when it rains. The rest of the weekend though was hot with temperatures souring to 30 degrees!

As usual Bug Jam was massive with plenty to see and do, the usual VWDRC action, monster trucks, drift displays, Battle of Briton flypast, Bug Jam's got talent, comedy tent,  massive trade area and much more:

Entertainment wise the main stage had live acts such as The Ordinary Boys, Mused, Hot Red Chillie Peppers, and the very funny Cuban Brothers whose rendition of Ace of Spades by Motorhead was truly hilarious! Meanwhile in the dance tent the Raindance crew, Isotonic and Shades of Rhythm had the place raving like it was the 90's allover again ( but why DJ Billy Bunter dropped Oasis and Nirvana at the end I will never understand and for me and many others killed the night!). Not forgetting Judge Jules who played in the dance tent on Saturday night and had everybody jumping.

Unfortunately due to a heavy night the night before I didn't get any pictures of the Rust and Rat display  but have a look at the pictures of the main Show n Shine below.

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