It’s great to have the chance to see prized VWs up close and so I paid another return visit to Volksfling this weekend which takes place in May and August each year at Biggar. This is a weekend when VWs of all sorts are polished up, let out of their protective garages and taken out to be shown off.
This is an event for enthusiasts. While many do make a weekend of it and camp at Biggar showground, the camping is incidental: it’s all about the vehicles. Having spent months over the Winter and Spring tinkering with their pride-and-joy, Volksfling gives them a chance to show off. But having witnessed one chap quickly asking a couple of young girls to step out from inside his camper van, it’s definitely a case of “look but don’t touch” !
The ‘Show and Shine’, as the name suggests, presents those vehicles their owners have entered to be judged. It’s self-selecting. Certainly, these are great examples but wandering around the campsite gives a far better sense of the variety of collectors’ vehicles. And in fact I personally thought – yet again – the best examples were not in the ‘Show and Shine’.
It’s those which are restored to original condition that really appeal to me. I’m really much less interested in those that shout “bling”; the modded and lowered vehicles that have been adapted over the years, those that proudly sport the “Built, not bought” stickers. Give me a Beetle or T2 that looks like it’s just rolled off the production line any time.
While it had obviously been given an alternative pink paint-job I loved the ’50s design of the dashboard in the Splitscreen below. The Beetle below it too had a original looking dash (except for the rather ugly steering wheel of course).
There’s a ragbag of stalls at Volksfling. These chaps below had obviously just bought the wings and bonnet of a Beetle from one of the spare parts stalls. Others were selling VW-themed stickers, tools and clothes while quite a number wouldn’t look out of place in a normal town market, selling a bizarre mix of cuddly toys, drums and ethnic clothes. (I guess they wouldn’t come if someone didn’t buy this stuff). I skipped the cookery demonstration in the tent (why didn’t they do this from a camper van I wonder ?) and had a venison burger instead.
As always, there were some great stickers on show and for sale, these two appealing to my sense of humour particularly.