23 July, 2007

Bug Jam 21 - 2007 - Pictures and Video

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So just a smattering of the sights and sounds (although not the smells) of Bug/Bog/Mud Jam 21, we set off in a torrential downpour (at about half five in the morning...zzz...), stopped very briefly at Toddington services, then completed the journey to Podington, or more specifically the "Santa Pod Raceway")...where "Motor Sport can be Dangerous" -
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- because we got there so early (way before 0900hrs) the queue was tiny -
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- but the conditions were already really, really bad...we bagged an excellent parking spot (about 2 seconds from the Mars Lorry), so about 90 seconds walk from the end of the strip where the proper toilets and food stalls/bar lurk...right next to the road way (two steps onto solid tarmac)...
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...we spent much of Friday, after setting up, just sat in the camper or gazebo, hiding from the rain, but when things cheered up (slightly) we decided to take a little walk around site...spotted this guy in a wetsuit on his BMX taking a little ride up the strip (about the only action of the day) -
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- then sloshed around the shops -
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- up to the pit lane -
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- and spent a damp few minutes watching the Friday night bands -
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Next morning we got up about 0830 (to more rain), nabbed as many free Mars drinks as possible (several outfit changes by Flyingpops worked wonders) ;) I think we came away with about 20 bottles -
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- then we took a seriously muddy slog up to the bank by the strip -
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- to watch the only action so far -
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- in the "Live action arena" - Click here for some video action of Terry Grant in his broken stunt car - he also got up to some tricks in his TVR -
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- and his unmodified Honda (wow) but he couldn't do any VW tricks as Volkswagen wouldn't lend him a vehicle (boo, but at least there was some official merchandise in evidence this year in the hilarious VW bus bus) -
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- then, it was on to the Monster Trucks -
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- click here for some video of Podzilla crushing some Vauxhalls in impressive fashion -
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- then it hammered down with rain again, but we finally got a tiny bit of track action on Saturday afternoon (very brief), so we took a little walk back down to the entrance (to do a bit of shooting) -
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- saw a number of interesting characters ;) -
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- watched Killa Kella on the main stage (awesome) but then the rain drove us back to DVDs and snackies in the cosy bus -
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- bleugh -
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- Woke up on Sunday to blazing sunshine (Hurrah!) -
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- click here for some video of dodgy track burnout -
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- then took a (much more pleasant) walk around the stalls, although still flooded out in places -
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- then past the Jet Bike -
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- and on to the (increasingly badly named) "Show and Shine" -
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- and we then spent the remainder of the day enjoying the action on the strip (despite some tragically bad planning stopping all play as the Ambulances were stuck on the wrong side of the Live Action arena for over an hour, during which some totally inconsiderate idiots lit up two disposable BBQs on the top of the strip, on which they proceeded to burn everything they tried to cook, much to the dismay of the patient 200 people downwind of them), anyway, thanks to all the rain over the rest of the weekend we got lots of jet car action -
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- and then some awesome normal track action -
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- before we chugged out (easily) through the mud (thank goodness for having the engine in the back!)...much like this chap (but without the helpful elves)...

Wish it hadn't been so wet, but everyone still had a great time I think... ;)

4 comments:

Ys said...

Looks like you had fun. Glad the sun finally made an appearance :)

¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

Thanks Ys! Yeh, despite the mud it was wicked... ;)

Anonymous said...

These are without question the best pictures of bug jam 21 - perfect - well done for making the best of a bad weekend!

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