I have to say that the annual show at Stanford Hall is a long time favourite of mine and a show I always try a make a point of attending, whether in my beetle or in my daily driver. I tried to get my beetle out of hibernation a few weeks ago and it was having non of it. Even with a freshly charged battery it refused to wake up. On further investigation, I’ve discovered that there’s no fuel getting through to the carb so a fuel-pump rebuild is now on my to do list…
It’s so nice to see the sun out at a show in this country for a change. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I was getting a bit fed up of taking pictures with grey skies! This Show has changed very little over the years and there is always a huge variety of VW’s on display, from concourse entrants to club displays so plenty around to photograph. The fine weather had brought the crowds out in their thousands and I think this is the busiest I have ever seen it. I arrived nice and early at 8.30 and spent a good 5 hours exploring the show and taking pictures. I still think I missed some areas though.
My favourite VW I found at the show was a freshly imported, Black Low-light Karmann Ghia from California. Totally unrestored and in good original condition. It was in the sales area but there were no price details and the owner wasn’t around to ask. I wouldn’t mind trading my ’55 but I reckon that wouldn’t be enough! These are some of my pictures from the day. I’ll try and post some more over the coming weeks. Hopefully we’ll have a decent summer this year and I can visit a few more shows with my camera.
Photo of the week #75 – This immaculate 1963 twenty-one-window VW Samba was photographed in the concours at this years VW show at Stanford Hall. It’s right hand drive too which makes it a very rare VW bus!
Correction – Someone has just pointed out that this bus only has 19 windows so, I’m not sure it’s a real Samba! I thought that a Samba had either 21 or 23 windows, anyone know the story behind this VW Bus?
Götz Göppert was born in Munich in 1969. Based in Paris, he travels around the world in search of ‘unprecedented and unusual’ subjects. He loves his camera, doing lifestyle images or his beauty shots and his documentary series. He feels home whenever he can take pictures, in his hometown or on his trips all all over the world. Developing his very own and very personal style he loves to do his portraits and his reportages on location as much as his beauty shots in a studio.
After a long time working only for beauty clients he started to do reportages when he shot for his book “une annee autour de Sancerre”. This one year project about a wine region introduced him into reportage photography and he really enjoyed working under these very new and different conditions. From there on he started to work more and more in this very different direction not forgetting is natural and fresh beauty work. Mixing these different styles of photography makes his work so interesting and gives Götz always new opportunities to treat and handle his images, and he is never short of new ideas.
His website features four galleries of automotive photography – Track, Parked, Panoramic and Bikes. Visit his website…
No blog about Volkswagens and photography would be complete without a look at the work of Peter Keetman who spent a week in 1953 documenting the Volkswagenwerk in Wolfsburg, Germany. Keetman was born in Germany in 1916 and was a founder of the photographers’ collective ‘fotoform’. He was keen to promote industrial photography and in April ’53 was given the opportunity to spend a week photographing at the VW factory. He failed to promote industrial photography but succeeded in producing a series of 71 iconic images, not only capturing the manufacturing process but showing the beauty of the component pieces with a disciplined eye for shape and texture.
Volkswagen: A Week at the Factory – photographs by Peter Keetman
If you have any interest in photograph, Volkswagens or perhaps both, this wonderful book is an absolute must. Keetman’s iconic photographs are beautifully reproduced and capture the car industry giant’s early days in fascinating detail and with great imagination. Available in several editions from paperback to hardback – search for Peter Keetman at Amazon and be prepared to be inspired by Peter’s amazing photographs!