Monday, 19 September 2011

Bug Boogie, this weekend Sunday 25th Sept!

This year BUG BOOGIE joins force with our CHP sister publications to bring you Cars @ the Course.
The new home of the event is Windsor Racecourse, and there is much more to see and do – and all for the inclusive fee of just £7 per person.

Bug Boogie is renowned as being one of the most chilled-out family events on the calendar... the perfect place for a picnic! And, with so much more on offer than just a field of VWs, we're sure the whole family will have a great day out!

Windsor racecourse is a fabulous and spacious venue, with Windsor Castle and the River Thames on its doorstep.

As well as our usual best of show awards, sponsored by Meguiar’s, you'll be able to enjoy so much more show content than most typical VW meetings.

Admission £7 per person / Under 16s free

(Admission includes access to the entire Cars @ The Course event, incorporating the best VW, Porsche, Jap and Italian vehicles in the country!)

Gates open 10.00 am

dogs are welcome!

Any queries regarding the 2011 event please email

Watch for further information, maps and images of previous Bug Boogie events.

Please feel free to invite others along via facebook, forums etc... the more, the merrier!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

New Beetle R

 looks cool! whilst its a concept, the lure of 260hp would make it a very tasty ride!

more info here

Sunday, 11 September 2011

a few clips 'behind the scenes' at the UVW T4 @ Bug Jam 25, (where everyone is a DJ!) courtesy of Gwynn Clark

Monday, 29 August 2011

audi action!

it's getting lower... just the rear to go now!
more at

Monday, 8 August 2011

New project car!

there's a new project car at planet Ultra, and you can read all about it on the dedicated project car blog.
Click here to find out more about Project Super 90!

Friday, 15 July 2011

Ultra VW Bug Boogie!

Sunday, 25th September, Windsor Racecourse
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Thursday, 14 July 2011

Santa Pod Raceway Presents Bug Jam 25. A quarter century of Air-cooled excellence
 Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th July
After a quarter of a century of being Europe’s biggest, best and most popular VW show, Bug Jam 25 is back once again with a line-up of both on and off-track action that reflects the history and heritage of this iconic event. Once more, it’s time for the incredible VW-inspired, weekend long party, where over 33,000 show-goers can expect to have fun in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Now celebrating its quarter centenary , this remarkable show, now the biggest VW Beetle festival in Europe, looks set to pack even more entertainment, fun, action and racing into 3 hectic days than ever before. Often dubbed ‘Glastonbury On Wheels’, Bug Jam offers an eclectic mix of all things VW, wrapped in an intoxicating mix of music, comedy, nightlife and lifestyle. A true festival in every sense of the word, with a vibrant and fun atmosphere, bringing to life the very essence of VW culture. As ever, this year, all of the action is also being captured for a lifestyle documentary programme on Eurosport and Motors TV.
Naturally, Europe’s greatest, shiniest and fastest VWs will be taking centre stage – and, after it proved so popular last year they’ve laid on an improved, full off-road course! But even if that’s not your thing, there’s an incredibly diverse list of attractions to choose from, making Bug Jam a superb event for all sorts of enthusiasts.
As well as non-stop drag racing from the pros, there are numerous chances for you to have a go yourself in the many ‘Run What You Brung’ sessions held over the weekend. Running on the strip throughout the show will be Fireforce, Santa Pod’s own 280mph Jet Car, the insane Jet Beetle and of course, the 7-second quarter mile turning 2 seat dragster, for the very brave to ride in. Polishing buffs will also love the Autoglym ‘Show and Shine’ area, where Europe’s most beautifully finished creations compete for top honours.
Bring a full wallet, because not only will you find one of the biggest collections of VW traders in one place, but also the Autojumble is often known to throw up some real rarities. If you have been looking for that obscure part for months - you might just find it here.

Adrenaline junkies have plenty to keep them entertained. Not only will UKFMX be providing 3 days of gravity-defying action, but they’ll also be ably assisted by Podzilla, Santa Pod’s very own car-crushing Monster Truck, this year battling it out with the similarly able ‘Swamp Thing’. Headlining as ever, will be multiple Guinness World record holder Terry Grant, who will be displaying his own unique brand of car control – and possibly smashing yet another World record or two in the process..
Music fans will hit ‘overload’ thanks to a packed itinerary of live bands across four music arenas, including chart-toppers The Candle Thieves, D:ream and The Farm headlining on the Friday night, and Indie favourites, The Wonder Stuff doing an extensive set on the Saturday. Mix in live DJs and comedy tents to provide something for everyone - and you’ll begin to understand why the event has such a broad appeal. Comedy is always a big draw at Bug Jam and this year, with ‘Mock The Week’ and Radio 4 regular Milton Jones heading up the talent, expect significant hilarity throughout the entire weekend. Frustrated singers and performers are also welcome on the ‘Bug Jam’s Got Talent’ stage, where we can’t promise Simon Cowell, but you might just win a few fans for your trouble.
But that’s STILL not all! There’s free camping on-site all weekend and better still, the under 13s get in for absolutely nothing! There’s a huge funfair and festival traders on site for all to enjoy and to tug at the old heartstrings, The Battle Of Britain memorial flight with a WWII Dakota will be putting in an appearance on the Saturday.
With a capacity crowd expected, show goers are advised to book their tickets early, you DO NOT want to miss this one!
For more information, please click to or call the team on 01234 782828.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Not long now!!!

Big Bang Camper & Bus Show 2011
6th to 8th May at Santa Pod Raceway
Big Bang VW festival is the first and friendliest VW festival on the calendar. Despite high-octane racing and two music arenas, the festival remains as laid-back and family friendly as ever. All Vee Dubs welcome!
Three days of VW fun in the sun with great racing, music and entertainment at the home of European Drag Racing! All Beetles and buses, campers and Caddies, Golfs and Ghias are welcome at the show to enjoy the Run What Ya Brung (RWYB), show & shine, Drag Racing, or simply filling the camp sites with VWs and chilling out.
So, don't miss out... we'll see you at Santa Pod in just a few days!!!

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Don't forget, UVW night at the 8-Ball Diner THIS THURSDAY!

Following the success of the last meet, we'll be heading back to the Diner for the second monthly get together, so if you're in the area (A12 Essex) why not pop along?

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Ultra VW Tech Knol hits 'top viewed Author award' list!

And, if you've missed the first of our FREE tech Knol features, be sure to check out Paul Knight's guide to VW Type 1 cylinder head porting/modification here!

thanks for your continued support... watch this space for future FREE tech features!

Friday, 15 April 2011

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

another evening, another diner!

this time we popped in at Bobby Jo's Diner on Southend seafront. we were on our own this time, and it was cool to cruise the seafront on such a warm evening.

Great place, nice atmosphere, good food... loved it! Also, we found out that if you turn up in a classic or yank, you get 10% off your bill, great stuff!
so, check it out if you're cruising southend seafront this summer, and send us a pic if you can park outside!

Monday, 11 April 2011

Ultra @ the 8-Ball!

wow, what a great evening!
thanks to everyone that came along and joined the fun, we'll be back for more next month!

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Ultra VW night at the 8-Ball Diner! Thursday 7th April

Hot news... Ultra VW to invade the 8-Ball Diner on Thursday 7th April (and every first Thursday of the month thereafter, too!)

You can read all about the Grand Opening of the 8-Ball Diner (19th Feb) and also the Paintbox hijack (4th March) in the upcoming April 2011 issue of Ultra VW magazine (see preview below)

The first Thursday of every month will see Ultra VW heading for the 8-Ball Diner, so why not pop along and join us for a root-beer of malt shake? The first monthly meet will take place on the 7th April with people gathering around 7.30pm and the fun running on until midnight.

So, if you own a VW (air- or water-cooled, we’re all one big family!), why not come down and show it off? Keep an eye on the blog for details of an Essex cruise to the event, and check out for full details of all club and themed meetings etc!

Full details can be found on the 8-Ball Diner website, so mark the date in your diary and we'll see you there!

Friday, 4 March 2011

more from brands hatch...

this is why gwynn clark came... he takes a better picture (and video clip!) than Paul K!

(note, F1 racing legend and MSVR top man Jonathan Palmer on the mic)

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Volkswagen Bulli Concept is a Microbus redux for Geneva

to quote

Remember the 2001 Volkswagen Microbus concept? For those who need reminding, it was a new look at an old icon – one that got enthusiasts and the automotive press all hot and bothered right after we ticked over into the new millennium. Sadly, management changes at Volkswagen killed the concept before it could become a reality.

Now, a decade later, VW is trying out the concept again at this year's Geneva Motor Show. This time it's called the Volkswagen Bulli, and like its 2001 ancestor, this one is designed to carry on the legacy of the brand's famous Microbus. This Geneva concept packs a 113-horsepower electric motor drawing power from a lithium-ion battery pack. At full charge, the Bulli is said to be theoretically good for 186 miles before a recharge. When it's time for more juice, VW says the Bulli can be fully charged in less than an hour.

Volksagen Bulli concept interiorThe Bulli's skin stays fairly true to the original Microbus shape, which means a flat load floor and plenty of interior space. Even old-school Samba fans will notice the family resemblance. Inside, VW supplied the Bulli with a removable iPad that controls the stereo, navigation, bluetooth and HVAC from its port on the console.

In a neat touch, the iPad will communicate with a Fender USA-designed stereo system, which should pump out more than enough roar for you and the kiddies.

No word on pricing yet or when the Bulli might be available, but we wouldn't expect it until 2014 if it reaches production at all.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

water-pumpers @ brands hatch!

It may have been foggy and wet at Brands Hatch today, but that didn't stop the Mk2 Golf race series drivers from giving it everything they had... especially down the main straight!
oh, and that's UVW's ace snapper Gwynn Clark blocking the view at the end of the clip... Hi Gwynn!

Race demos aside, F1 racing legend Jonathan Palmer ( ) headed an impressive presentation of the 2011 MSVR ( ) racing programme, which covered not only the Mk2 Golf series, but also the Mk3 GT TDi challenge and the hotly contested VAG trophy series, too.

We had a great day out, and enjoyed an alternative side of VW motorsport, too!

Monday, 21 February 2011

Got camber?? check out this wild Oni-style Jap ride...

it's not only old VWs that love a bit of camber... but these Oni guys specifically build/modify their hubs to add up to 45-deg of camber!

another Oni car... (scary, i know!)

but hey, they probably don't understand a narrowed beam and tuckin'!

Sunday, 20 February 2011

8 ball diner grand opening

we dropped in to join the fun at the official grand opening of the 8 ball diner on the A12. The weather may have been shocking, but it didn't stop the visitors! Full details in a future issue of Ultra VW!

Saturday, 19 February 2011

follow our latest project ride...

can we assemble and run a bug on a daily basis without breaking the bank?
time for some late-model lovin'!

Friday, 21 January 2011

dropped in at the 8-ball diner...

opening very, very soon, the 8-ball diner is a great new venue for car clubs in essex. it's located on the a12 near witham in essex and promises a real hot-r0d diner theme while you enjoy a malt shake, burger or a beer.
check it out next time you're in the area!