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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 42,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Red Stripe

IMG_8696_1000x1500Photo of the week #81 –  Nothing seems to suite a splitscreen camper better than a nice stripy awning on the side. It just adds an extra touch of nostalgia – even when the bus is lowered!

3000 Questions

First, a big thank you to everyone who is following this blog, you now total more than 3000! A steady increase since I started in September 2011 which is not long in the great scheme of things.

I guess I must be doing something right but I get very little feedback. It’s usually from the same people who generally ‘like’ my photos on a fairly regular basis. It amounts to just 1% of those following Bandwagen so, I was just wandering what the other 3,060 of you would ‘like’!

More words? More show reports? Some specific features on vehicles or perhaps I should start to write some photography ‘how-to’ type posts? I’ve toyed with the idea of starting a regular aircooled VW photography competition if enough people were interested in taking some pictures and entering?

So, it’s over to all of you: How would you like to see Bandwagen develop?  :)

Stony Stratford Volkswagens

IMG_0146_1500x1000I popped along to this years Stony Stratford Classic Car Festival last Sunday morning and this time, as it was looking like it would be nice and sunny, I took my ’55 Oval Window Beetle out for a drive. By the time I got there at 10am, the market square, which was home to all of the pre-1975 vehicles, was just about full and I was directed into the car park behind the health centre. Funny how the 3 nice, shiny E-Type Jags which arrived just after me were found prime spaces right at the entrance to the car park!

There was a very good turn out this year with a wide variety of weird and wonderful machines to look at parked around the town. Just the usual handful of VWs though, most from the local VW Club. They must have got their early as they were parked in a line together in the square. I’ll post a few of my favourite non-VW photos from the show over on mhpix.wordpress.com

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2012 annual report

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 63,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Twenty twelve, a year in mono

IMG_6902_duoLooking back at 2012, it’s been very memorable from a photographic point of view due mainly to the appalling weather we’ve seen in the UK! If you look through my photos from 2012, you’ll notice that there is one thing (apart from VWs) that most have in common, and that’s a stormy looking sky!

From a VW perspective, I’ve made it along to some new shows that I haven’t attended before – Back to basics and the show at Blenheim Palace were nice and fairly local but, I’ve missed several of the regulars that I’ve been to many time over the years including Bug Jam, VW Action, VanFest and BVF at Malvern.

One show which was missing in 2012 was the Ivan Hirst Memorial Show at the REME Museum near Reading. I went to this show in 2011 and it was probable the the last Vintage VW show which will be held in this location which is a real shame. For me, the highlight of the 2012 VW show calendar had to be The Lavenham Vintage VW Show which only takes place every four years. I guess I may be a bit biased as I’m one of the organisers but, even with a lot of running around sorting things out, It was a great weekend which I hope everyone else enjoyed too.

So what does 2013 hold in store? I expect some visits to more VW shows plus, I’d like to visit more general classic car shows and make more trips to Silverstone Circuit which is just down the road from my home. Rather than just pictures from car shows, I also hope to persuade some Vintage VW owners to spare an hour or two for a location photo-shoot of their VW. I already have a few locations in mind so I just need some cars and some better weather then 2012 – here’s hoping!

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Mile high VW by Matthew Dickerson

Matthew Dickerson, is a photographer based in Bradford who is currently Studying for a BA (Hons) in Photography, hoping to find something new each time he picks up a camera. You can follow Matthews progress with the course on his blog and there are some great examples of his work on his Flickr account.

“For this piece of work I had decided to take a drive up to Oxenhope, as it is a more open, scenic countryside area near to where I live which would be a perfect background for the type of shot I was wanting to go for. The ideas were to take my ’70 VW Beetle up to the hills and photograph it in the surrounding setting. The reason I chose to shoot it in this setting was so that the surroundings would not distract the viewer too much away from the subject, plus other than the registration on the car, it would be a timeless shot.”

Visit Matthew’s blog…