Bug Jam 28, part 2

Saturday 19 July, 2014

After just a couple of hours of sleep, I awoke to another glorious day. Jason and Len were already awake and, after a quick change and clean, I joined them in the sun.

Len and I wandered off to look at the stalls, where I was hoping to purchase some gifts for Emma and the girls, and grab a coffee. After a good look around, I managed to find some gifts, which I took back to the tent, before cracking open a can of beer. We then went off to watch the cars racing down the strip, before heading back down the pit lane, to speak to the drivers and to get a closer look at their suped up cars.

Last minute 'tweaks' are made to the engines of many cars in the pit lane.

Last minute ‘tweaks’ are made to the engines of many cars in the pit lane.

We then looked around the Rat & Rust display, which consists of cars that the owners have lovingly customised, while leaving them to rust.

This lovingly customised VW has been fully customised, which includes; a garden bench for the front seats, a pool cue for the gear stick and a fully functioning bar in the boot.

This lovingly customised VW has been fully customised, which includes; a garden bench for the front seats, a pool cue for the gear stick and a fully functioning bar in the boot.

This bar, in the back of a customised VW, is fully functional.

This bar, in the back of a customised VW, is fully functional.

With the sun doing its best to cook every living thing in the vicinity, we headed back to the car, where we found some shelter by sitting in the shadow of our neighbours VW van. As on the Friday, the temperature soared to 32 c, or 89.6 f, making it very uncomfortable.

Normally, at Bug Jam, we would have been sitting atop the mound, between the dragstrip and the Live Arena, but, as there was nothing going on in the Live Arena, we chose to stay where we were. Thankfully, the cloud started to build, allowing the temperature to become more bearable, which allowed us to go and watch some more of the Jet Funny Cars.

We stopped off at the Fuelers Bar, for a seriously cold pint and a bite to eat, before settling down to watch the cars. Some of these were reaching speeds of close to 300 mph, or 480 kph, and were difficult to keep in the frame, as I videoed some of the best ones. Still, it was a great show.

With time getting on, we headed back to the tent, where I settled down to relax and read a book, before heading back out to watch the live music. Len sat in his car and caught a quick nap.

Feeling fully recharged, Jason informed us that his cousin would be arriving soon, to take David home, as he wasn’t feeling too well. Sure enough his cousin, Joe, arrived and David disappeared off with him. Len and myself then headed to the live stage, where Call Me Blondie, were just taking to the stage. They belted out all the classic Blondie songs, plus a few Debbie Harry ones, too.

Probably the best act of the entire weekend, was 'Call Me Blondie', a tribute act to 'Blondie and Debbie Harry'..

Probably the best act of the entire weekend, was ‘Call Me Blondie’, a tribute act to ‘Blondie and Debbie Harry’..

When they had finished their set, the Cuban Brothers took to the stage. Well, I watched them for about ten minutes, before deciding that they weren’t my cup-of-tea and headed back to the tent. Len decided to get some sleep, so that he was refreshed for the drive home, while I stayed up and read some more of the book, that I had brought with me.

My quite time was quickly, and rudely, interrupted by Jason and Joe. David was asleep in Joe’s car, so Jason and Joe had decided to stay and enjoy the music tents and, since the music wasn’t to their taste, were going to head home. So, Jason grabbed a few bits of his gear, from the back of the car and, after bidding farewell, headed off with his cousin, into the darkness that is Podington Airfield. I settled back down with my book, before turning in to sleep, at about 02:30.

Sunday 20 July, 2014

I was up so early, on the Sunday morning, that I was changed and packed before Len awoke. When he did finally arise, we headed off for a coffee and a bacon sandwich. We reached the food wagon, just as it was opening, so we sat and watched the cleaners and other early risers, meandering around the deserted funfair and stalls.

With the coffee and bacon sandwich done with, we took another look around the entire site, before heading back to the car. My tent was down in a few minutes and, with everything packed, we headed off for home.

It was not the best Bug Jam, that I have been to, but it could have been better. Hopefully next year it will be back to its best.

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