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Stanford Hall

Don’t forget one of the season’s premier events is due to take place this weekend.




Admission to this year’s event is £8.00 for adults and £1.00 for children aged between 4 and 14, children under 4 are free.
The gates open at 8am for public.

How to Find it:

For those travelling via a motorway, Stanford Hall is signposted from Junctions 18 and 20 of the M1, and Junction 1 of the M6. Stanford Hall can also be approached from the A14.
If you want to use a Satellite Navigation system, the postcode is LE17 6DH



The Concours d’Elegance is said to be the best in the country, specialising in cars of original specification, with seventeen classes this year covering the whole of the Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche ranges plus a Super Class for all of last year’s winners.

For many years now Stanford Hall has seen many Owners’ Club displays, none more famous than the Split Screen Van Club display which, in previous years, has consisted of over 200 vehicles.
The Historic Volkswagen Display, promoted with the help of The Historic Volkswagen Club, which takes pride of place in front of the Hall.


This is a major part of the Stanford Hall event with well in excess of 100 traders meeting all of your VAG needs from that elusive NOS part you have been looking for, through service items, books and memorabilia – in fact everything associated with your VAG vehicle.


There are a number of catering stands on site ranging from doughnuts and burgers through to traditional fish and chips and speciality coffee, or you could try a leisurely visit to Stanford Hall’s own newly refurbished Tea Rooms, conveniently located in the courtyard.

Cars for Sale:

Thinking of buying or selling a used VW group car? Then the Cars for Sale area is a must visit location. Buying or simply browsing, there’s sure to be a large selection to choose from. The Cars for Sale area has gone from strength to strength with more and more cars on offer each year! The area must be the best way of advertising your vehicle to an enthusiast based audience and at the reasonable cost of £10.
Advanced booking is not required, simply turn up at the main gate on the day of the show. The area is filled on a first come, first served basis so get there early.

’57 VW 23w Samba rescued and rolling


This 1957 Samba, was pushed into a lake in Norway by a local hotelier when its gearbox failed in 1974. Thirty years later enthusiast Morten Lund learned of the drowned Volkswagen and hired a remote-controlled submersible to search for it, discovering the Microbus lying face down at a depth of 15 metres. Undeterred, he hired divers and a mobile crane and lifted out his catch last summer. Now Lund faces an equally mammoth task restoring the Volkswagen to road-going condition. The determined and hugely optimistic enthusiast excitedly told Practical Classics magazine: “It took me less than 30 minutes to get both front wheels rolling, and the steering works perfectly… The cargo floor and cab are nearly rust free – just some minor holes around the edges.”

Practical Motorhome Doubleback VW Camper review

Practical Motorhome’s Jeremiah Mahadevan runs the rule over the stunning, innovative Doubleback camper, based on the venerable long-wheel base VW T5. UPDATE (07/03/2013): Danbury Motorcaravans has been appointed to manufacture and market the Doubleback, and will soon be releasing a five-seater version. For the full details, visit:


.For help and advice – just ask

The one thing that is as inevitable as death or taxes – at least as far as owning a classic vehicle is concerned! – is the amount of work that will be necessary to keep it on the road and working well. Fortunately, we have a couple of ways of helping our members to keep camping.

For a start, we have a valuation service to provide your insurance company with an idea of just what your van is really worth. If you have a crash without an agreed value, most companies will pay you the scrap value, which for a 40-odd year old van will be shockingly low! An agreed value takes into account more than just the value of the metal. Sadly, we do get calls from distraught owners whose insurance has not been secured on an agreed value, and the results are grim.

To book a valuation, please contact . The valuations are usually carried out by one of our officers either at a show, or if you live near enough to the officer, at some pre-arranged point. Valuation costs £20 for members. You will need six photos of your van (showing each side) and some of the interior.

Once you have your valuation, it is suggested that you update it at intervals, especially if you do any major work (rebuild the interior, replace the engine, etc). Also, and probably most importantly KEEP UP WITH THE GENERAL WORKING MAINTENANCE! This cannot be stressed enough.

We also have a team of volunteers who have a vast amount of knowledge on the various versions of the T2 van. They are extremely enthusiastic, so sometimes you may find that a telephone call lasts longer than you intended! To speak to a technical advisor, again email for details of your local contact.

Finally, the Club has amassed a collection of technical sheets, which you will find in the technical help section of the website. They may need some minor updates, but they are a good starting point for the regular sort of maintenance your van may need. They are available here.