By Mike Plester.
It was an early start to get to Sandown Park for 8am on the Saturday. Those who haven’t been before, this show has been going for a long time!
It is held at the famous Sandown Park horse racing track in Esher, and used to be run by the folks that brought us the Volksworld magazine. It’s now run by the publishing company that own Volksworld magazine, and apart from Dub Freeze, it’s the first big show of the year. The show runs over a Saturday and Sunday with camping available for those who could brave The elements.
This was our first Club Display at a show, and had to be in place before the gates opened to the public. We all lined up in our designated area by the grandstand and did some last minute polishing. Some of our friends were on other club displays near us. Herts VW Club and Wolfsburg Weed Huggers. Couldn’t help but notice, our display was the only one in this area that had water cooled vehicles in it. I had checked with the organisor’s beforehand and they said it was ok.
As always with Volksworld show, it was a bit cold, being in late March. But a lot of the show is indoors, inside the racecourse building. The quality of the VW’s inside is always second to none, and this occasion was no different.
There’s also plenty of traders in attendance and an auto jumble upstairs. It can get very busy inside, so it’s best to get there early. On the racetrack side was the club display area for the smaller clubs whilst on the paddock side was the larger clubs like Wolfsburg Bus Crew and Lowdown Transporters. The Slippers the Split van was also in the paddock banging out the tunes.
The car park is always worth a walk round. It’s here that you’ll find the vehicles for sale area. We thought overall it did seem a bit quieter than previous years. I don’t know if that’s because the format of the show hasn’t changed since it started 30 years ago. It could do with a revamp in my opinion. We still always go, but I think that’s partly because after a long winter, I can’t wait to get out and see some VW’s again.
Would I recommend it? It’s good for a day out and to pick up the parts that you need for your projects. And it’s always a reminder that show season is back again.