I 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
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.
Looking 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!
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.”
Great photo Beth. Reminds me of the black & white pictures in the original VW Beetle owner’s handbooks!
I grew up with Volkswagens. There was a “Dinky” from the 1950s that I don’t have any real memories of. But I remember driving a newer mid-60s Beetle home from the dealership with my dad. A Microbus joined the Beetle. These cars were subsequently replaced by: a Squareback; an obscenely bright-green Dasher; a Scirocco; a 1974 Sunbug (a gold-colored Super-Beetle with a sunroof); and my first new car: a 1984 Jetta. When I saw these VW Bugs at a recent collector’s car show, it was the first time a strong wave of nostalgia hit me for a vintage car.
You can read the rest of the magazine article and see more of Steve’s photos from the shoot over on Steve’s blog…
“I took this photo way back in January 2007, yet it is still a favorite of mine. I was camping with my fellow VW Bus owners, and happened to be in the right place at the right time to catch the sun going down over Lake Havasu, Arizona. The sun is beautifully silhouetted by an early split window bus.
Hope you like it too!”
Reblogged from: Eric Arnold Photography
What a great original VW!
If we were to write a tourist guide aimed at vintage car enthusiasts, this pre-1967 Volkswagen Beetle would be one of the must-see attractions. It can regularly be found in the parking lot of a small village hiding among oversized SUVs and late-model hatchbacks.
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