Hundreds of VWs, some badass, many beautiful, all gather in Biggar Agricultural Showground for the last weekend in May (Volksfling) and the final weekend in August (Volksfling Mk2) every year.
As these are busy times at V VW C’s we can’t always make it or go for very long, however we had a rare Sunday away from HQ and took Marlyn our Beetle for an adventure in the Borders.
When we arrived, we were greeted by the friendly Volksfling staff and paid the £7 per person day fee. (Lots of others had been there since Friday, with full weekend and camping costing £25.) The smell of petrol, pizza and fresh cut (or perhaps churned) grass mingled in the air. Maybe I was giddy from being off work on a Sunday but it felt like Summer at last!
Lothians Volkswagen Club
The Lothians Volkswagen Club stand was our first port of call. We were so busy chatting and admiring Jig’s (Club President) Beetle that I forgot to take any photos of the stand. So I’ve borrowed this shot, which I think was taken by Jigs and shows you the line-up there on Saturday. Including the cool green Voodoo Bug, currently up for sale. Jig’s Bug is the pale blue one seen here.
Blue Beetles seemed to be popular as ever, even ‘Chainsaw Pete’ AKA Peter Bowsher was using one as a model for his wood carving, which was raffled at the end of the show.
The West of Scotland VW Club organised a cardboard cars race, this is very much a family event with people of all ages enjoying the show.
Sunday was Concours day with some beautiful examples of VWs, both air-cooled and water-cooled on display.
With various traders, from people selling hard to find parts (which may look like heaps of rusty metal to the uninitiated) to stalls selling VW inspired arts & crafts, including our friends at Bespoke Woodcrafts and Liana Marcel Designs, you can get a great retail fix while you are there also.
The ‘Best in Show’ was this very worthy winner, who was bagpiped in to join the finished wood-carved Beetle. Prizes were awarded for best air-cooled and water-cooled vehicles but vintage air-cooled won the overall spot.
Volksfling Mk2 Best in Show
We are now looking forward to 2016! If you would like to plan for 2016 Volksfling, you may want to book our campervans.
Wedding Shows Vintage VW Style
As 2014 creeps past Halloween into an unseasonably warm November it seems an appropriate time to assess the wedding shows we have attended, to aid our planning for next year.
Two of them have been the Vintage Wedding Shows in Edinburgh; the Roxy in March and The Caledonian Waldorf Astoria in September.
Each bringing specialist, stylish vintage suppliers to what might have been described as ‘a happening’ back in the ’60s.
Then the two local ones, The Falkirk Wedding Show in that homage to ’60s architecture that is the Falkirk Town Hall and the far more beautiful, Callendar House Wedding Fair.
Finally the biggest, busiest extravaganza that was The Scottish Wedding Show at SECC. Three very different types of wedding show, all great fun to be at.
The shows all had something in common though; a real buzz of excitement, a feeling of love and joy and some seriously overwhelmed brides. As I invited the brides-to-be to step into Meg’s calming interior, I witnessed many creased foreheads smooth and many tensed shoulders relaxing.
” This is exactly what I want” was on many beautiful lips.
Sure Meg isn’t for everyone; she is very unique, fun and bright. Among a sea of silver and white wedding cars she stands out, as the ‘something blue’ for couples who like to be different. She can also of course be your ‘something borrowed’.
That’s precisely why she has been booked as a wedding gift from one fiance/e to another several times. Imagine the surprise on your betrothed’s face, when expecting the family car to turn up, they are met by Meg.
Realistically there are many romantic reasons why you may choose to book Meg, not least because she will be 50 in 2015 but there is also a smart, economical fact as well. She seats seven besides the chauffeur and if your venue and pick-up points aren’t too far apart, you can use her to transport both groomsmen and bridal parties. Now that’s canny!
Meg can be booked for all kinds of special occasions, more on that later. It’s also worth noting that Meg can also double up as your photobooth, should you want one. This will allow your guests to experience sitting in a beautifully restored 1965 Volkswagen Splitscreen Microbus as well. Sharing the joy- just the way we like it!
Next week we will be without a camper but taking bookings inside The Edinburgh Corn Exchange Wedding Fair.