The Tramway Village people at Crich in Derbyshire hold a number of special themed events during the year and their Beetle Drive has become a firm favourite in the calendar. The 2008 event was held on 7th September. According to the local paper, the event attracted 150 Beetles and 1500 people during the day. Here are a few pictures I took of the event.
Many of the cars were parked up on the fan in front of the tram sheds.
Others were parked up along the main street and various other spots around the site.
This building is The Red Lion pub from Stoke-on-Trent, rescued from demolition and restored piece by piece at Crich Tramway Village.
Despite the forecast of heavy rain all day, we did see some sunshine for part of the day.
There were a couple of parades during the afternoon when we all got to drive up and down the main street to create a bug-jam as we queued to turn round at each end of the run. There were a large number of visitors without Beetles who were taking photographs – still and video – of the event, and one of the marshals made some unkind comments about the rather large turning circle required by some of the modified cars taking part! Each participant received a small brass plaque to commemorate the occasion.
More details of the Crich Tramway Village can be found here.
This page published 7th September 2008 © J S Rastall
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