Photo of the week #49 – The Historic VW display at the Stanford Hall VW show is always popular and attracts many of the countries best examples of split window and oval window beetles, along with a few military VWs from the early 40s. Organised by the UK Historic Volkswagen club, the display is free to join if you pre-register, you also get free admission to the show and a great parking spot in front of the hall too! The fourth one in the line is my 1955 Oval window beetle.
Stanford Hall is a stately home built in the time of William & Mary, it’s located near Lutterworth in the UK and is the location for the Leicestershire and Warwickshire VW owners club’s annual Volkswagen show. This year’s show took place on Sunday 1st July having been postponed from May due to bad weather and was blessed by some sunshine during a day of dark clouds.
I arrived early as my oval window beetle was to form part of the Historic VW display in front of the main house which is organised by the Historic VW Club each year. You get in for free if you take part in the display so it’s a good incentive to register and bring your VW along! There was a good turn out for the display this year including several military VWs, Split window and oval bugs and quite a few in the recently added pre 1960 line up.
I parked up and took a wonder around the show armed with my camera. After a walk through some of the vast array of trade stands, I headed for the VWs for sale area. I real mix of Volkswagens were on offer from a very nice 1955 Devon Camper right up to T4 campers and new beetles, with just about everything in between. Other VWs that caught my eye were a red 1965 beetle called Ruby which was an ex-concourse winner which was now for sale and a very low blue single-cab splitscreen pickup.
Past a few more trade stands was the concourse area where everyone was busy cleaning and polishing before judging started later in the morning. The ’67 beige Beetle of Rob Evens was looking perfect to me and a strong contender for an award this year. Matt Lancaster, Known as ‘Baron Von Kronken’ had bought along both of his busses, a sign-written panel van and his very original 1956 Krankenwagen VW ambulance. One thing I did notice was the number of razor-edge Karmann Ghias which are surfacing at the moment. Another VW worth a mention was the 1950 Karmann Cabriolet owned by Russell Ritchie from Scotland. Russell had only decided at the last minute to bring his cabrio along to the show and I’m glad he did! It’s always nice to see the rarer VWs being brought out for people to admire. It seems that all of the restoration projects are finishing at the same time! The Split Screen were there in force as usual with long lines of vans, every colour, model and height you could care to imagine.
All in all another great show, and a Sunday well spent. I’m sure I’ll be back in 2013 again for what many regard as one of the best VW shows on the UK calendar. Well done to all involved.
Photo of the week #31 – Sometimes it’s nice to try a photo in black & white for a change and I reckon this shot lends itself perfectly. This could have been shot during the year of the Queen’s Coronation in 1952 rather than the Diamond Jubilee in 2012!
This fantastic 1949 standard model 11A split window beetle, belonging to Andrew Axnix, is pictured in the market square at The Lavenham Vintage Volkswagen Show last weekend.
Photo of the week #29 – I think that out of all the type 2 splitscreen models, the single-cab pickup has to be one of my favourites. Usually commercial VWs feature more subtle, solid-colour schemes such as dove blue, or velvet green but this red and cream one, pictured at the REME show last year, really stands out from the crowd!
On Sunday 3rd June I popped along to the Stony Stratford Classic Car Festival. It was my first visit to this show even though I’ve lived just five minutes drive from the town for the last 10 years. I now live about half an hour away so even though it was raining, I decided it was worth a visit.
I’ve read that the show has grown steadily year on year but I guess Sunday’s show must have been the exception due to the appalling weather. Quite a few cars did brave our British weather and quite a high percentage were from the local VW club – which was very handy!
Hopefully the weather will be a bit better for next years show and it will get back on track.
Meet Herman the High Top a most intriguing bus…
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