CamperJam is one of our favourite VW events of the year (see CamperJam 2011 for last years event) and 2012 was no exception despite the appalling weather trying hard to spoil everything.
We arrived at Weston Park slightly later than planned due to the intense rain and some flood related diversions, and the first task was so find our club camping area. That was reasonably straight forward, but our second task was to get to it without getting bogged down and stuck in the rapidly widening muddy patches.
Unfortunately we failed, but not before we got close enough to our fellow Brazilian VW Bay campers for a helpful push with only minor mud splattering and no damage. Others were not so lucky and there were several tractors being kept busy pulling out stranded campers for most of the evening.
We had friends staying so our awning needed to be put up between rain showers and all that was left after that was to have a few drinks and turn in for the night.
Saturday was much brighter and mostly dry, but most of the camping fields, the show arena and trade areas were already mud baths so the only thing to do was to pull on our Wellington boots and join the fun!
One of the entertainment marquees sprung a leak over the stage, so the Saturday evening entertainment was less than expected, but the Brazilian VW Bay team were fully prepared with the setup used at The Kombi Sleepover a few weeks before and the choons played out from our own event shelter into the small hours while flavoured vodkas were passed around.
Sunday morning brought the best weather of the weekend, just in time for everyone to pack up, but at least some of the boggiest routes began to dry out and made the exodus much less hassle. That said, everyone watched the first few campers leave with interest, trying too spot potential ‘sticky’ points and the tractors remained busy throughout the day.
In all, CamperJam was a very damp and muddy affair, but it takes a lot to dampen the spirits of die hard VW fans and most people still had fun.
We ave already booked our tickets for CamperJam 2013 – can’t wait!
PS: many thanks to the event paramedics an who looked after our son in his hour of need.
PPS: thanks also to the Brazi Bay Crew for the use of images.