Beetlemania exploded near Bristol today with the first official day of the family festival Volksfest.
Today saw thousands of people gather in a field in Easter Compton to celebrate all things Volkswagen.
The festival returned for its 24th year – with organisers promising it to be the biggest one they have put on yet.
People from all over the country gathered to observe or showcase their VW vehicles. And the loyalists were keen to let it be known that this is the best VW festival in the country.
Steve Walker, 59, from Kingswood, has been coming to Volksfest for seven years. He told the Post: “I come every year and it is one of the best. There are lots of options – you can go on a club display or you can compete. It is a great family friendly festival.”
Along with his friend Brett Lerway, he was there to show off his old school VW which took years to get perfect.
Mr Lerway, 56, said: “It’s my third year in a row. It’s our local festival so we always like to come down.
“We go to shows all over the country but this is our favourite.”
The two came with a group of VW fanatics who exchange ideas and tips of how to keep their motors in good stead on an internet forum.
Owners of classic and vintage V-dubs stood by their vehicles proudly and many took part in a “show and shine” competition – where the best vehicle was judged by the public.
To keep things fresh, organisers brought in the UK lowrider nationals, which saw owners of American cars with hydraulics show off their suspension tricks.
And for the first time, The Wall of Death came to Bristol – a family who have been stunning crowds for decades by riding their motorbikes around vertical walls.
Bristol business owner David Schmid, 61, was at the festival for the tenth year in a row.
Selling car parts for VWs, he told the Post: “It is one of the best festivals in the country.
“I don’t think I will ever get bored with it.”
“There is something for everyone – it for children and dogs so the whole family can get involved.”