Events Attended

One of the joys of owning a VW – or any classic car, come to that – is that you can turn up to any event and chat with perfect strangers. Except that, amongst VW Enthusiasts, there are no strangers, only friends who have not yet met. I have listed the events I have attended with the most recent at the top, to save returning visitors scrolling down the page.

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VW Festival Leeds 2012

This is the eighth year for the VW Festival and my second visit to the area. I was again included in the Historic Volkswagen Club display.

Stanford Hall 2012

The Leicestershire & Warwickshire VW Owners’ Club has held their gathering at Stanford Hall on the Sunday of the May Bank Holiday every year since 1976. Because of the exceptional weather, this year’s event was held on 1st July and I was invited to show my Beetle in the Historical Volkswagen Club area as usual.

Lavenham Vintage Volkswagen Show 2012

The Lavenham show differs from most UK VW shows in that it features only stock, unmodified pre-1967 Vintage Volkswagens. I registered to attend this year on 23rd June.

Crich Beetle Drive 2011

I returned for a forth year to the Tramway Village at Crich in Derbyshire for their 2011 event which was held on 25th September. Their Beetle Drive is one of a number of special themed events held during the year and this has become a firm favourite in the calendar.

VW Festival Leeds 2011

This is the seventh year for the VW Festival although it was my first visit to the area. I was included in the Historic Volkswagen Club display.

Stanford Hall 2011

The Leicestershire & Warwickshire VW Owners’ Club has held their gathering at Stanford Hall on the Sunday of the May Bank Holiday every year since 1976. This year’s event was held on 1st May and I was invited to show my Beetle in the Historical Volkswagen Club area in front of the Hall.

Beetling around Bradgate 2010

The 2010 AGM of the Historic Volkswagen Club was held at Swithland on Sunday, 19th September, at the Griffin Inn. I decided to go along and join in the cavalcade afterwards.

Exted Farm Fest Show 2010

The Farm Fest Show at Exted Farm in Kent has become an annual event held over a weekend in September. The 2010 event was on 18th and 19th September and attracted a full range of vehicles.

Crich Beetle Drive 2010

I returned for a third year to the Tramway Village at Crich in Derbyshire for their 2010 event which was held on 5th September. Their Beetle Drive is one of a number of special themed events held during the year and this has become a firm favourite in the calendar.

Crich Beetle Drive 2009

I returned for a second year to the Tramway Village at Crich in Derbyshire for their 2009 event which was held on 6th September. Their Beetle Drive is one of a number of special themed events held during the year and this has become a firm favourite in the calendar.

Tatton Park 2009

I was all set to go to this event but the car refused to start. It had been troublesome for a while and I had been underneath to retrieve the starter motor so that I could lubricate the cog and clean the solenoid terminals which were a bit corroded. All was well for a while until it really started to get stubborn. I eventually tracked the problem down to poor connections behind the dashboard ... something to add to the annual servicing list, perhaps? When you only have six volts to start with, every fraction lost to a bad connection counts!

Stanford Hall 2009

The Leicestershire & Warwickshire VW Owners’ Club has held their gathering at Stanford Hall on the Sunday of the May Bank Holiday every year since 1976. This year’s event was held on 3rd May and I was invited to show my Beetle in the Historical Volkswagen Club area in front of the Hall.

Exted Farm Fest Show 2008

The Farm Fest Show at Exted Farm in Kent has become an annual event held over a weekend in September. The 2008 event was on 20th and 21st September and attracted a good range of Beetles and vans, plus a Type 3, a Type 4, and a Buggy.

Crich Beetle Drive 2008

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. This was the first event I attended where KEO was on show. The 2008 event was held on 7th September.

 

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