Friday 30th August - Sunday 1st September 2019
Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough, Northants. NN29 7XA
VW Action is the longest running weekend VW Show
in the world - now in its 43rd year!!! The show has in one form or
another been the true 'Jewel in the Crown' of UK VW events, from its
early days at Stoneleigh, the NAS Stoneleigh shows, the period of its
residency at Peterborough, at Herts County Showground, and now at Santa
Pod. The last decade or so at 'The Pod' have produced quite exceptional shows,
and 2018's event continued to raise the bar. The 'Life On Mars'
theme, complete with its big budget stage set that
transformed the marquee into a Mars landscape was embraced by all and the show
received acclaim from all who attended.
This year's event will continue the great tradition of VW
Action delivering the absolute best event for the true VW enthusiast. VW
Action is a show to which people are happy to bring their young family
members, and yet which provides full on entertainment for all of its
visitors, whatever their age or interests. 2019 will see a 'Roman Toga Party' theme - with Saturday evening's stage dressed with a Roman flavour. The fancy dress possibilities could
range from simple Togas to 'Gladiators', 'Centurions', 'Emporers' and 'Empresses', 'Slaves' etc.,
although we are expecting it to be more 'Up Pompeii' than 'Ben Hur'.
This year we are
proud to welcome back one of VW Action's favourite acts. 'From The Ashes' return to deliver another of their anthemic rock sets - be
sure to catch them in the Main Marquee on Saturday night - plus Emporer Jensen D Grooverus playing Pop, Soul, Disco, Dance
and Indie Anthems and the Narni Shakers as sexy Roman ladies. With the Fuellers Bar featuring 'Dance/House Anthems' - Saturday
night at Action will have something for everyone*. There is more
information in the entertainment section
of this website - including Friday's Ska Party in the Fuelers Bar. We hope to see many cool characters in attendance
(whichever fancy dress route you want to take) - and if previous years
are anything to go by, we know you won't disappoint us.
But more than anything else, VW Action is about the
cars. Action is one of few shows which is truly about everything
Volkswagen, and the event welcomes the arrival of every VAG vehicle with
equal enthusiasm. Early and late Vans and Buses, 'Old' and New Beetles,
Golfs, Polos, and every other representative of the water cooled range,
street cars, show cars and race cars - VW Action really is the best
place for a true VW enthusiast on the weekend of 30th August - 1st
Every year we hear from people who have brought 'non VW
enthusiast' friends as new visitors, who have been instantly converted
to the cause. The fact that they are so readily accepted by everyone is
testament to just how friendly and inclusive the VW community is. VW
Action is as much about the friendliness and hospitality of other
show-goers as the quality of the show itself. VW Action can be a weekend
camped amongst like-minded enthusiasts, sitting, chilling, and meeting
new friends, or a fully involved, participative fun fest!
VW Action is quite possibly unique amongst
shows at Santa Pod, in that being almost entirely set out on the
spectator side of the venue (see map),
it meets the needs of those people who have no interest in drag racing
just as well as it does the needs of the many VW enthusiasts who like
nothing better than to watch the humble people's car and its derivatives
storming the quarter mile faster than the fastest Detroit iron or
Italian supercar. Ignore the dragstrip if that is not your thing, and
you still have one of the very best weekends on the VW calendar
anywhere. Traders, Clubs, Magazines and individual visitors have been
full of praise for VW Action. If is not a show you usually visit, it
really is worth giving the event a try.
SHOW & SHINE/CONCOURS PRIZE MONEY
VW Action has always been at the forefront of Show &
Shine/Concours events. For many years Action has been a leader, not a
follower. A few years ago, the show broke with the tradition of a class
based structure, for one simple reason. Too many great cars were leaving
without a trophy, especially in the most hotly contested classes. The
'Top Twenty' format at Action has now been taken up by many other shows,
as it is the means by which the greatest numbers of the most worthy
cars are rewarded with a trophy. In 2010, we made another major change
with PRIZE MONEY being offered in Sunday's air and water cooled
classes and we are continuing this for this year. Last year it was
really nice to see so many winners donating their cheques to Brad's Cancer Foundation - VW Action's chosen charity - we applaud those that did. The Show & Shine Concours takes place on Sunday, with Saturday being reserved for the Everyday Vehicle Concours.
None of the show car competitions at VW Action have an entry charge, so
if your car attracts admiring glances, be sure to enter in the
appropriate free Show & Shine competition - you could even leave
better off than you arrived! And don't forget, the kids are included
too. Check out the Children's Show & Shine info. If you haven't built or customised your child's bike, radio flyer or whatever, there's still time.
SATURDAY - VW-ONLY RWYB (plus invited Pro Race Cars)
VW Action has over the last several years
delivered some of the best Drag Racing action at any VW show, including
VW night racing featuring mainland Europe's top VWs alongside cars from
the VWDRC, the most successful single make drag racing club in Europe -
and clubs like the SAS Rennwagens, Green Hearts, VWDRC and D.K.R.
amongst others. The dragstrip will once again host the BWA v USB (Buses
With Attitude v Ultimate Street Bays) too. The first VW event at a UK
Dragstrip, the 1987 Bug Jam, featured just four 'demo' cars, to give VW
enthusiasts some idea of what drag racing was all about, but VW Action
2019 will feature another awesome array of the very quickest cars the
sport has to offer. This has been made possible by the fact that VW
Action is a week before the 'European Finals', and a number of cars have
taken the opportunity to get some testing in before they race in
earnest at the Finals. There will be Top Fuel cars capable of running
the quarter-mile in less than 5 seconds and at speeds in excess of
300mph. You will also be able to check out the fastest 'doorslammers'
around, and many other full-on V8 drag racers, testing for the Finals.
Throughout Saturday this year you will be able to test and tune your own
(VAG only) car on the dragstrip, during the 'run what you brung' (RWYB)
sessions, just remember to bring your driving licence. Sunday is a
Santa Pod 'Peak Performance' test and tune day and all VWs are eligible
for this too. Please CONTACT US
for details of the 'Peak Performance' test and tune day. (There is an
additional signing on fee to take part in these activities.)
So, if you are visiting VW Action to show or race
your car, to spend the weekend with fellow VW enthusiasts, to trade or
buy parts, to party, or even all of the above, please click on the
buttons on the left and check out the website to see pictures, video -
and to get more detailed information about elements of the show which is
shaping up to be the best VW Action of modern times. Even better than
last year! VW Action is at Santa Pod Raceway, from Friday 30th
August to Sunday 1st September. Don't forget your 'Roman' outfit!
Owners of Show Cars and/or Race Cars from mainland Europe
should CONTACT US for details of travel assistance.
* Your ticket grants access to a Sporting Event only.
Access to collateral/ancillary activities, including music, provided by
the event in support of the Sporting Event will only be granted under
the generic Sporting Event ticket, as no ticket for any collateral
activities can be purchased as a standalone. All music/entertainment
etc. is free of charge when purchasing your VW Action Sporting Event
A few comments received about previous VW Action events...
"Most of all VW Action is about having fun. There's
plenty for the family to see and do. If you missed it, you missed out...
so make sure you're in for next year." - Ultra VW Magazine
"There's just something about VW Action that keeps
us coming back for more. We put it down to the layout and the fact that
it has such a chilled-out, family-friendly, VW-clubby feel to it -
despite being a big show." - Volksworld Magazine
"VW Action is the UK's longest running VW show and
it's easy to see why this perennial favourite always draws a very big
crowd. It's the perfect balance of drag racing, show cars, traders,
activities and entertainment that has been carefully honed into one
sweet VW family festival that never fails to impress." - Ultra VW Magazine
"There simply wasn't another event like VW Action during the show season. It's out there on its own, for all the right reasons." - Volksworld Magazine
"Saturday night really takes this event stand out from any other
VW event, as when the sun starts to fall behind the horizon, the night
racing starts and this is an absolutely brilliant spectacle for the
visitors to the event." - Volksworld Magazine
"It's great to know that VW Action has become a
truly European affair, as the influx of fresh show cars really livened
things up." - Ultra VW Magazine
"Unlike a lot of UK shows, Action still seems to attract a huge amount of Beetles, and for us, that's a good thing." - Volksworld Magazine
"The team behind this year's VW Action had every
right to be happy. The 'new' home for the VW Action of today certainly
works, with the added attraction of the world famous Santa Pod
dragstrip, there's always something going on." - Volksworld Camper & Bus Magazine
"A genuine thanks from my family. Enjoyed the weekend muchly. The show and shine standard was awesome."
"What a great show! The care and attention to
detail was there throughout. I can't think of any other show promoter
who creates, builds and even airbrushes their own stage set. I doff my
cap Mr Burrows"
"If Carlsberg did VW shows it couldn't touch
Action, Ever!! Fantastic show, lovely people and the best weekend of the
year without doubt. Thank you Brian and crew, not just for this year
but for all the years and some of my best VW memories."
"The atmosphere was 'special', it wasn't just a
piss up and catching up with friends (I'm off the grog, so just as
well), it was a really good show, everything was great. I honestly
believe that no one does it better."
"It was my first time at Action - in fact it was
my first VW event and I'd just like to say we had fun from the second
we got there. The kids absolutely loved it and I shall definitely be a
regular from now on. Thanks for a fantastic weekend."
"I had the most relaxed weekend I've had in a
long time, and really really enjoyed myself. Watched some quality
racing, rock'd to the 925's in the Fuelers and caught the Q Plates, who
were awesome in the marquee, then had a great time at Jensen's Diner
partying with the new wife."
"One word..... ORSUM!"
"Yet again, the best show of the year. Been
coming to Action since the Peterborough days, and while every showground
has had its good points, it's since moving to the pod that it's become
the awesome creation it is now. It had everything I could possibly want,
great mix of cars (and not just VWs) great people and great racing.
I've been telling all my non-VW friends how amazing it is, even got some
of them along on the Sunday and they were well impressed with the speed
of the VWs on track and the show & shine entries."
"Enjoyed every minute as usual. Highlight being
presented my Best Watercooled OG In Show award by Clyde Berg. Many Many
grateful thanks to Brian and the rest of the crew for a cracking
weekend. Thanks for the freebie beer!!"
"Had an awesome weekend, a great chilled one and
so good to catch up with so many friends. Didn't see as much as I'd
have liked to have but RWYB and partying Saturday night saw to that.
Thank you Brian and all the other wonderful peeps we had the pleasure of
sharing that special weekend with."
"This was my first ever Action. Can't believe
I've never been before! It was a pleasure and a privilege to be part of
it with my other half, and my young sons. We all had a great chilled
time. No other show that I have been to has had the same 'feel', and for
me the "It WILL be awesome" and "Arrive with a 'good attitude' ethos of
the show has a lot to do with this. In short: You Guys Rock! Thanks to
Bri, NAS, and everyone involved in putting on what was a really
"Cheers for everything Brian, for the show, for
sorting JOGLE and for being a mate. I loved Action this year for so many
reasons but the fact that you couldn't go anywhere in under an hour for
talking to fellow JOGLE'ers made it all that little bit special. My
JOGLE Oscar is on the mantlepiece taking pride of place. See you next
year, same time (approx), same place."
"This, in my opinion, has been the best show
I've ever attended. Thanks for the free beer as I drove through the
gate, nice welcome surprise. Met some new people, had an orsum weekend,
all of which would never have happened without your and the crew's hard
work. Cheers for a top weekend."
"Fantastic weekend from start to finish. Thanks
to everyone involved in putting on such a great show. We had a couple of
vw show virgins up with us this year and they had an awesome time."
"Had a real good weekend. Caught up with some
mates and made some new ones and managed to get rid of quite a bit in
the autojumble. The beer was a nice touch too - cheers Bri."
"Truly excellent show I take my hat off to Brian and his staff, the best cars, best racing even the weather stayed good."
"I can't really describe how good it was... I've
spent the 3 days wandering around with a big smile on my face spending
time with like-minded idiots. THE best Volkswagen show by a country
mile, a credit to anyone who had a part in it (and I don't say that
lightly after attending them for 20 years.)"
"Loved it, had a great time and the staff were
friendly too. That's unusual for anywhere in England! I had 'Star
Letter' in Volksworld this month which said I thought the VW scene was
the friendliest anywhere. I was right!!"
"You guys are awesome, the show was fantastic. Same time next year please?"
"It was our club's first club camping outing and
I can safely say we all had a good show. Almost too much going on, it
was very very hard to get up for work this morning. It's the 'must do'
on my calendar."
"First time at VW Action for myself and the
missus and honestly I can't say I could have had a better time. Great
organisation, awesome atmosphere, fantastic people. Now all I have to do
is go and and get myself a beetle! Massive thanks to all the
"Had a simply awesome weekend!! Great racing,
fantastic party sat night, so many smiley faces and happy people, great
to catch up with so many, it's a 'proper' show and all the action crew
deserve a massive pat on the back for a job so brilliantly done! It's
helped me fall back in love with shows again I think! Roll on next
"Had a great weekend and even the weather held
out for it. A far trek for us from the Isle Of Man, as we set off
Thursday and got home at 12.00 Sunday night but well worth the effort
and £250.00 for the ferry crossing."
"It was my first time to the Pod, I thoroughly
enjoyed the weekend and the great company really made this one of the
best shows I have ever be to. Thanks Brian and rest of the crew."
"There was such a great atmosphere at the charity auction. One of the highlights of my weekend."
"Absolutely amazing weekend - My first and not
the last time at Action! You guys really nailed it. So well organised,
great vibe and atmosphere - really chilled weekend watching and looking
round some amazing cars. Thanks to all who made the show!"
"Brian said it would be awesome and he does not lie - it was!"