Some great photos from Volks ’n’ Roll on ‘a day at the races’…
Maybe this time i’ve gone too far: 158 photos in 1 post is just too much i think but it was almost impossible to separate them. I’ve tried (like i always do when it’s time to organize all the stuff i collect around) to find topics, stories, styles or whatever could let me divide the folder into different articles.
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!
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 started Bandwagen back in September 2011 with a post about the REME VW show near Reading which is where this picture was taken. It’s been a great first year with a steady increase in followers up to a current figure of 1145 which is fantastic so, thank you to everyone! I’ve also had two articles featured in the ‘Freshly Pressed’ section which has also been a great boost and encouragement to my blogging so thank you to the folks at WordPress for your support too!
If you’ve visited Bandwagen before you’ll have already noticed the change of theme from ‘Piano Black’ to this new theme called ‘Blaskan’. I felt after a year it was time for a change and ‘Blaskan’ seems to work well. I feel the photography now looks much better with the wider column width giving it much more impact without having to click on images to see them at a larger size. I’ve had to make a few tweaks here and there but I’m very happy with the the new look and hope it meets with everyones approval. Please let me know what you think of the new look – A change for the better or do you prefer the old black background?
So, when you’re planning your ‘big day’, what do you choose as a memorable mode of transport? Perhaps you would choose a Rolls Royce or a horse drawn carriage but, for many couples their preferred ride comes in the shape of an air-cooled Volkswagen.
Volkswagen wedding hire is now a huge business in the UK with a long list of companies able to supply a VW beetle cabriolet or camper for that special occasion. Here’s a selection of photos by some top wedding photographers featuring the ‘peoples’ choice in transport!
Photograph by John Mold
Photograph by Shannon Phillips
Photograph by Kate Hopewell-Smith
Photograph by Jonny Draper
Photograph by Stephanie Williams
Photograph by Sebastien Dehesdin
Photograph courtesy of vw4weddings
Photograph by Ian Johnson
Photograph by PhotoTOM
Photograph by Bespoke Wedding Photography
Wishing everyone a fantastic 2012. Perhaps it may be a year when the trend is raising VWs back to stock height? Here’s hoping!
I’m looking forward to another year of VW photography. This photo seems to sort-of fit the new year celebrations theme. It was taken on my 4MP Canon Powershot G2 at the Karmann Konnection barbeque back in 2004.
Wolfsbürg West is probably the ultimate source for Volkswagen Beetle and Bus restoration parts. Their comprehensive inventory exceeds 5000 parts, making them the largest “stock” Volkswagen parts dealer in the world.
Wolfsbürg West only carry parts for the Beetle and Bus. They are a direct importer of original parts from all over the world. Germany, Brazil and Mexico are all countries that they import from extensively. They are not only an importer, they’re also a producer and manufacturer of their own line of quality reproduction parts for the VW. Their focus is strictly on originality and therefore, they do not carry high performance parts or accessories that were not available for the period.
Richard writes “I’ve always fancied a British-supplied RHD Oval Cabrio. Trouble is, there are only 7 or 8 survivors on their original floorpans. I nearly bought one of them back in 2002 (a ’55 Iris Blue model), but it needed heaps of work. I also contemplated buying the car Martin Fenner owns now, but that needed even more work.
Anyhow, my dream came true when I became the forth owner of this Sepia Silver ’57 model. This car has been off the road since 1977 and only has 55,000 miles on the clock. It was originally supplied by VFM Motors in Crowborough, Sussex (it’s a local car, and I love that!). The first owner kept the car for four years and part-exchanged it at a garage in Hove, Sussex. The new lady owner gave up driving in 1977 and the car was laid up until it sold to it’s third owner in 1985. I’m the next owner.
The outer hood was replaced in 1986 as the original was shot. The car also received a respray at this time. There’s no way the original metallic paint would have lasted all these years in good shape. The engine (original) was fully rebuilt in 1985 and never installed!! It’s very nice. Unfortunately, the front two door cards are missing- they went up in flames in 1986 when removed from the car. The rears are there. I need to try and match the cabrio-material and get some made. All the accessories on it are original to the car (it was ordered with US-spec bumpers). It apparently didn’t have gravel guards. The firewall card should be the smooth one, not ribbed thankfully!”
Photos by Richard Oakley