A duvet day at the seaside
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.