Where to begin? Well, I wouldn’t usually start a show report by misquoting a Lego man but on this occasion it seems to be appropriate – ” VW Festival is Awesome”.
There are some very, very good shows on the VW show circuit but to me, VW Festival held at Harewood House in Yorkshire is probably top of the tree. Held over the a weekend in the middle of August the show truly offers something for everyone. Billed as a family friendly VW show it really lives up to the promises it makes with plenty to keep everyone entertained. In the daytime there is plenty to keep the kids amused with face painting, circus stuff, r/c drift cars, a kids science workshop. Out in the grounds of Harewood House there is a vast selection of show cars covering all styles and tastes of the VW scene from concours classics to modern daily drivers by way of rat look, graffiti’d cars and everything else you can imagine. Theres also one of the best selection of food traders around offering something for every taste regardless of whether you want a cup of tea and a cake, something fresh off the bbq or authentic asian food (plus the standard bacon and sausage rolls that no show is complete without).
As well as all that, there’s a superb trade area (and thats where you’ll find us!). Some shows seem to approach the trade area on the basis of pack as many traders in as possible regardless of quality. Whilst there’s no shortage of VW traders at Harewood there aren’t as many as some shows which is a good thing – the traders present are of a better standard and offer a massive range of quality merchandise, parts, accessories, clothing and more.
Still want more? Theres BMX displays , fire eating, Scalextrix, dog shows, your chance to drive an F1 car in the F1 simulator and the chance to win a Beetle in the charity raffle.
After you’ve spent your days taking all that lot in then the show isn’t over! In the two massive marquees there is more evening entertainment with kids disco in one and a selection of superb bands in the other – we particularly enjoyed Sugar Town and Ska Beets on Friday and Saturday respectively. Saturday night this year was themed as ‘SuperHeroes’ with many visitors dressing appropriately. For us this means that as we were trading on Saturday night we also got to sell models to Buzz Lightyear and Batman, which isn’t something that happens every day…
This year the weather wasn’t as kind as previous years but did stay mainly dry although rather windy but that didn’t deter the crowds and the many thousands of people who came to enjoy the 10th VW Festival. For 2014 VW Festival seemed bigger and better than ever – its sometimes difficult for us to have a look around when the show is so busy but from what we did get chance to see there was a great selection of cars and club stands, the show ‘n’ shine featured some truly superb vehicles and everyone present seemed to be enjoying the show.
Next years show is held over the weekend of 14-16 August and wherever you are in the UK (or Europe), we’d highly recommend that you go. We’ll certainly be back there in 2015!
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