A du­vet day at the sea­side

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Our Classics - David Brown as­so­Ciate editor

1972 volk­swa­gen t2 camper

owned since May 2008

mileage since last re­port 322

to­tal mileage 70,822 lat­est Costs Noth­ing

There’s noth­ing like a drive to the Nor­folk coast in the camper. But when it’s a grey and wet Sun­day morn­ing then the im­pe­tus to emerge from be­neath the du­vet is less en­cour­ag­ing.

How­ever, this was not go­ing to be a solo trip as 31 Jan­uary was the des­ig­nated day for Run To The Hun, a char­ity rally to Hun­stan­ton, Nor­folk, for all types of Volk­swa­gens, to raise money for the East Anglia Air Am­bu­lance char­ity.

My son Miles, his girl­friend Lucy and dog Ratty piled on board and we rum­bled to­wards Eye Ser­vices near Peter­bor­ough to meet up with other VW own­ers head­ing for the sea­side. We took our place with a cou­ple of other T2s and waited for the Northamp­ton­shire con­tin­gency to ar­rive be­fore the con­voy set off to King’s Lynn.

Some of my col­leagues refuse to be­lieve that there’s any­thing slower than a snaking line of Volk­swa­gens, but a Land Rover tow­ing an oc­cu­pied horse­box would prove them wrong. Come the dual car­riage­way sec­tion be­yond Wis­bech, we ex­pected that many of the T4s and T5s would leave us be­hind, but just a cou­ple of more mod­ern Golfs pow­ered past.

Sit­ting at the traf­fic lights at Hard­wick round­about in King’s Lynn, a stream of dif­fer­ent VWs headed from all di­rec­tions to­wards Sains­bury’s, where groups from var­i­ous parts of the east­ern coun­ties and East Mid­lands were meet­ing up. We pushed on to Hun­stan­ton, to the main seafront car park, so that we could see the con­voy ar­rive. And ar­rive they did – more than 300 Volk­swa­gens in­clud­ing Bee­tles, T1-T5 cam­pers and trans­porter vans, Golfs of all marks, plus ex­am­ples of Caddy, Jetta, Pas­sat and Scirocco. The pow­ers that be had re­moved the height bar­ri­ers so that the taller ve­hi­cles could get in, and an AA van cir­cled like a buz­zard wait­ing for busi­ness.

De­spite the in­clement weather, ev­ery­one had a good time and never have warm chips been so wel­come. Well done to Dar­ren and Claire Wal­ton of Cambs Trans­porters for or­gan­is­ing this fourth an­nual Run To The Hun. There’s talk of do­ing it again at a dif­fer­ent time of the year – Run To The Sun At Hun would be even bet­ter!

Tony and Nicky Hem­mings from the Ket­ter­ing Un­named Dub Club with their 1970 T2.

Lucy, Miles and Ratty hud­dle to­gether for warmth at jour­ney’s end, the car park at Hun­stan­ton seafront.

More than 300 Volk­swa­gens made it to Hun­stan­ton, in­clud­ing this 1977 1200 Bee­tle and a colour­ful T1.

It’s 7.30am and Volk­swa­gens line up, with David’s blue and white 1972 T2 be­hind 1975 and 1971 cars.

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