North Weald Airfield, Essex, UK
If you went to Volksfest 2002 expecting to see a load of modified GTI's you may have been a little disappointed.
However, if you went with an open mind to the VW scene as a whole this was a great day out.
From start to finish this was one of the best organised shows I have been to in a long time.
There was no queueing to get in, the car parking was organised and the atmosphere was excellent.
I think a lot of the reason for a good 'feel' to the place was the whole integration of various VW's.
The air-cooled scene has definitely got a more laid back attitude with people generally friendly and chilled out.
Conversely, the GTI scene sometimes appears to be more concerned with who can spend the most money on their car.
One area where Volksfest was a success for me was that you felt like you got some value for your entry ticket due to the excellent events that took place in the central arena.
This consisted of a kind of open forum on buying various old air-cooled rides, a New Beetle display, show 'n shine, various comedy events including Shopping Trolley Curling (not played that before?) - VW drag cars etc.
The highlight was a demo by stunt driver Terry Grant who had his new TVR smoking the tyres a treat. This included getting the car doughnut-ing around and then whilst it carried on spinning, getting out and sitting on the windscreen! The man is a nutter!
Good work Volksfest - looking forward to the next one!