Counting down to June 23rd…
It all started back in 2005 after driving back to the UK from the vintage VW show in Hessisch Oldendorf, Germany. “Why don’t we have a Vintage Volkswagen show like that in England?” Well, now we do!
Lavenham is regarded as being the finest surviving example in England of a mediaeval town, with superb ancient buildings – over 300 of them listed as being of architectural and historical interest.
I was one of the organisers of the first Lavenham Vintage Volkswagen Show in 2008 which was a great success, with over 100 Vintage VWs arriving in Lavenham for the weekend from all over Europe. For our second show this year, things have had to get a little bigger to accommodate the 170 vehicle that have registered. The Market Square will be home to pre-1957 vehicles. Lavenham Press has the Big-window beetles while you will find Karmann Ghias, Type 3s and over sixty splitscreen type 2 campers in the meadow along with the trade stands.
On the Sunday we have organised a cruise around the narrow Suffolk lanes through some of the regions most beautiful villages. With over 110 VWs taking part in the cruise it should be quite a spectacle!
So if you’re in the UK and looking for something to do on Saturday 23rd June, why not come along and spend a day in Lavenham – It’s free to visit but don’t forget your camera! http://www.pre67vw.com/lavenham
You can read the full report on the 2012 show, with lots of photos here:
Such cool pix — SUCH COOL CARS!!!
My daughter will DIE when I show her this post — she’s obsessed with all things Bug. Thank you!
Really cool pics
Very cool photos. I’ve been working on old cars since 15 years ago when I was in high school and I helped my dad at his shop when I was a kid but I had never worked on foreign cars until a couple months ago. I’m now doing a ground-up restoration on my boss’s 73 Super Beetle. It’s nice to work on something that was reverse-engineered pretty well for once. I definitely have a better appreciation of them now.
I have always loved those VW buses. I’ve always wanted one. Thanks for sharing. Connie
Very nice post.
Love the photos and the surroundings. I especially enjoyed your group shot of the type II transporters, and look forward to reading your post from the June 23 event.
Lavenham is a very picturesque place, even without the VWs! I have lots of photos of the village from when we started planning the first show…
When I saw June 23rd, I clicked on this article because I tought this was related to Quebec’s national holiday, the St-Jean-Baptiste. But once I was here, I stayed because of the pictures.
Totally awesome. Bugs definitely rule!
My mother owned a little blue bug (as spotted from above, in photo #2) when I was born. There’s a classic photo somewhere of her holding me in her arms in the passenger seat snapped by my dad as I was proudly taken home – [yes, I somehow survived the “no-seat-belts-or-any-type-of-safety-chairs” of the dark ages]. Later on in the scrap book, there is another photo of me actually fitting into, and sleeping, in the tiny space behind the back seat of the little blue bug. Thus, I have a soft spot for VWs; representing the auto-cradle of my infancy.
Nice. Love old VWs. I grew up around them. Hope to see a post from the June 23rd meeting. And that it is a dry day.
I didn’t get much time to take photos last time as I spend most of the day running around sorting things out! Hopefully I’ll get a break this time to wander around and take the show in properly.
Beautiful, we love vintage VW … Great post!
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Now I’m not super VDub fan but I do like a few. Check out the older models with the dual rear window. Very nice!
Thanks for reading.
Wow! I bet this will be amazing. Be sure to post more pictures of the show.
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I would love to have a vintage VW Beetle. To see so many in one place is awesome.
Congrats on FP!
I think I saw Herbie in one shot! I grew up with the Bug in the UK. thanks for the fond memories
Yep, it’s an original Herbie used in one of the films – well spotted! 🙂
Ohhh look at all the Bugs! I have always been obsessed with Volkswagon beetles–even going so far to say if I could have any car in the world, I’d pick a vintage convertible one first 😛 And the vans are so cute! What an awesome auto show!
So many bugs…so little time! Cool!
Wow, that looks amazing. Such a beautiful backdrop as well – the organisers of similar events here haven’t utilised the setting of the event to this degree, the ambience must be fantastic. I would so love to visit this one day!
These VW photos are awesome!!!
Brings back fond memories of the 1970’s and the three fine VW’s I owned then…and they were all old then. Love these jewels of the road. Thanks for sharing…now go see my world/blog. 😉
Wow..looks like a great event.
That was awesome! Thank you so much for sharing! My father used to have 1957 beetle with the oval window. I miss that car.
Our Herbie would love to go there!
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I would seriously love to go to this one of these day. I have been in love with VWs my whole like. I even drive a ’78 VW Transporter II… AKA bus. I love it. I think I would faint being around all of those cars. I wish I could get ahold of a pre-1957 VW 🙂
Thanks for sharing this.
It’s veru luck that I am in the UK now, and I think I will spend a day in Lavenham …
of course with my camera.
Great pic’s like it very much…
rare nice pics
aww, these cars are so cute! thanks for sharing 🙂
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nice vw.thank fot sharing
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What are the rules of punch buggy here? Can you call all of them?
Those are some awesome looking classic cars! 😀
Wonderful pictures. Here in the US, it seemed like everyone had a VW 50 years ago. My aunt and uncle had a very early Beetle with no fuel gauge. Every Sunday, Uncle Bob would use a yardstick to see if he needed to buy gas. Enjoy.
That was fun. Congrats on being freshly pressed.
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What a stunning array of v dubs. Im a fan and love this. Awesome that you have gotten this arranged. Keep up the great work on it.
Excellent blog and photography to match! Good for you!
I love vw beatles. I so wish I could be there.
i love vintage! good job! 🙂
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I find this is cool! and vintage is still so IN!
nice blog…and post 🙂
I like Volks wagen….its seems the volk wagen city….
wonderful and awesome pics,interesting cars model.I liked the last photo ,its funny.
Coooooool. like like like 🙂
Old VWs (almost) never die . . . they just get restored and become beautiful objects of great photography like these.
Nice shots, so many VW’s.
what are the grey and white models behind the blue hatchback in the fifth pic down (below the shot of the gorgeous KG’s)? Are they also VW’s and if so, which models?
Hi, They are all Type 3 Varients. The Blue one in the front is a fastback and the two grey ones behind are known as Notchbacks. There is also an estate version which is known as a square back. I don’t think type 3s were available in the USA?
Thanks! the hatchback and squareback were both sold in the US, through 1973 I think. The squareback was called the Station Wagon stateside. Have never seen the others in the flesh – what a cool event you have going!
😀 😀 superb!
Slugbug! No take backs.
Wow! The pics are great!
Sweet! Wish I could make it over there from America. Car show season is so exciting. Will check back later to see if any Things were in attendance. I would love to own one of those some day.
Such a cool event, I’ve been obsessed with old Beetles for a while…I’m planning on buying one as my first car. I love the photography…they always seem to pop out in the picture…I’d love to assist but I’m too far away :(.
Also, any advice in relation to buying one?
thats a lot of bugs
Cool Pics…. 🙂
Lovin’ those vintage VWs, it’s a shame I sold mine two years ago. Wonderful photos, by the way.
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Totally awesome. Bugs definitely rule!
wish i could be there………..ive got five beetles in diffrent states of disrepai in my backgarden…………busy with a rebuild on one but its got a little bogged down with too many other things to do…………will get back to it when i have time……ive finished the pan and most of the panel beating and preparation of the body……jutst needs a final flat down and i can spray………
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Look at all those volkswagen beetles! I remember playing the punch buggy game as a kid. Would’ve had a field day there.
It’d be great seeing them all driving down a highway together! xD
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Love these shots!! Amazing!!
Oh. My VW Heaven! I owned a ’71 Beetle for 10 years and still dream about it. Thanks for bringing that feeling back!
Nice layout choice. My shoulder hurts from all the slugabugs! This just makes me happy just looking…
Thanks for sharing!
I love anything to do with Volkswagen. If you ever get the chance to visit the factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, do it – really great day out for all VW fans!
i love vws
Sweet! What a great selection of old air-cooled VWs and really good restorations! There is a good VW club here in Central Ohio- and there are some nice cars to be found if you know where to look- but as Ohio winters and road salt are hard on the cars, good restored specimens are hard to come by here. I’m a little too far away to make the show on the 23rd, but please post some pics so that those of us on the “other side of the pond” can enjoy too! Thanks for posting these great pics.
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Speaking of air-cooled VWs, do I wish I could go to this show. It’s in England (so I don’t see it happening) but at least I can enjoy these great pics of some really cool old air-cooled VWs
Wow England is freekin old! Great pics and thanks for sharing!
I am in love with my Jetta! Hooray for Volkswagen
I love VW Beetle!
And here was me, thinking old VWs aren’t common in England. What a lovely mistake! Nice pictures!
Cool! I’ll have to show my brother your wonderful pics the next time we’re together…after years of “punch buggy” pounding, maybe I can pound him back! “White punch buggy, no punch backs”! etc. 🙂
There is definitely something about VW’s of any kind.
Just been with my brother Damon (aka Badly Drawn Boy) as he bought his new VW Golf. Classic car.
Hi, Just been looking at your blog, very funny – just my kind of humour. I’ll have to get myself some of those running shoes for the 23rd! 🙂
I like the white TOPLESS bug. 🙂 can YOU spare that for me?
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