Stan­ford Hall VW Show

The an­nual one-day com­mu­nity show that brings out the best ve­hi­cles – and not just VWs!

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - David Brown

It is held for just one day in the year but it is a date that is writ­ten large in the di­aries of Volk­swa­gen fans from all over the UK.

Cel­e­brat­ing its 41st year, the show, which is or­gan­ised by Le­ices­ter­shire & War­wick­shire Volk­swa­gen Own­ers’ Club, has evolved into one of the best events of its kind and shows the breadth of in­ter­est in the mar­que and be­yond.

You still find im­pres­sive num­bers of Bee­tles, campers and vans around the splen­did park­land set­ting of Stan­ford Hall, but also more ex­am­ples of Kar­mann- Ghias, Type 3 and 4 saloons and Vari­ant es­tates, Golfs, Po­los etc. than you will find at most shows. Both air-cooled and wa­ter-cooled ve­hi­cles are catered for and there were great dis­plays of Audis and Porsches – in­clud­ing a 52nd an­niver­sary dis­play of 912s.

A gath­er­ing from the DKW Own­ers’ Club at­tracted a lot of in­ter­est at this year’s event, with a no­table num­ber of dif­fer­ent mod­els. The club was formed back in 1951 when the pre-war DKWs were still in ac­tive use, and now caters for own­ers or those with an in­ter­est in DKW or Auto Union ve­hi­cles. In ad­di­tion to the mar­que dis­plays, there were also clubs that of­fered mixed de­lights with lots to dis­cover in ev­ery cor­ner of the spa­cious site, while a stroll around the pub­lic car park re­vealed many more fas­ci­nat­ing ve­hi­cles – plenty of VWs, of course, but many oth­ers of var­i­ous dif­fer­ent makes and ages.

There were plenty of ve­hi­cles for sale with some sen­si­ble prices noted for projects and ve­hi­cles ready to go. Trade stands also re­flected the di­verse na­ture of the VW scene with prod­ucts for sale rang­ing from the small­est of trim parts to full-blown body pan­els.

On this show­ing, roll on Stan­ford Hall VW Show 2018!

The area in front of the hall was re­served for his­toric Type 1s like this 1957 1192cc Beetle.

you don’t see a Vw 412 Vari­ant ev­ery day but there were two parked next to each other at stan­ford Hall.

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