This is the last Friday for tickets for Busfest, the world’s largest VW transporter show. The pinnacle of the year and the largest event for the VW Type 2 owners club as well.
If they are already full then you have missed out, but last chance to buy tickets from https://www.busfest.org/tickets/. As always, club members get an exclusive £20 discount to this exciting and fun event at the Malvern Showground near Gloucester.
Our club has a dedicated field, so that you can come back from the bustle of the show into our enclave and relax with other club members. Last year we had 60 vehicles and expect to have more this year. Our club field will be offering baps for Saturday and Sunday breakfasts (bacon and egg) and the club BBQ will be out in force on the Saturday night with burgers, both meat and vegetarian with cooked onions.
We also have the tea urn in the large club marquee and this is used to shelter from the sun or rain of the day and huddle up in the evenings for a natter over a glass of something.
In 2018, we had a George Formby singer, kids playing together and a lot of laughing. We did also get out and see the show!
All of this is free of charge to club members and those in their van in the club area.
As we enter June, the club committee are working hard finalising the plans for Busfest 2019 at the Malvern Showground. This is one of the premier events in the transporter calendar and usually sees 7,000 people attending.
If that number fills you with dread, you are in luck! The Type 2 Owners Club has our own dedicated field holding 60 vehicles that means you can stay small, spend the weekend with just club members or go large and venture out to the many stalls.
The early bird catches the bargains and also the quiet times. Everything is organised with military precision having been run by the same group for over 25 years. It is a brilliant show to look for parts for Type 1 (Beetle, Ghia, Thing) and Type 2 (Split screen, Bay, T25, T3, T4, T5, T6) vehicles. Or just kick back and enjoy the atmosphere.
Just 4 of the vans from the 2018 club field at Busfest!
The owners club will have a large club marquee for members only in the club field. Last year we served tea, coffee, burgers and sausages. We had a ukulele performance from “George Formby” and about 50 vehicles were there. Plenty of dogs, children, stories, fun and laughter were there – everyone is welcome and the field coped well with mobility scooters.
You don’t even need to bring a van – come in the car and a tent. Bring a (small) motorhome.
Book early to avoid disappointment and book using the club link on the web link above. Discount code available from the club secretary if you did not find it in the club magazine.
What a busy club year! If you take a look at http://vwt2oc.co/wp/events/ you will see that the club has had one of its busiest years in a long time. A lot of places and shows with the club stand, the club gazebo and most of them had club camping.
The club stand at Volksweald July 2018
As we move towards 2019, it would be great to meet more members and welcome back repeat visitors to club events. If you would like to join us, come along, we don’t bite. Our emphasis is on using the vans, having fun and sharing (knowledge, information and stories. Don’t ask to share sausages though).
If a member would like to organise a club camp, please contact email@example.com and talk to the events manager. Please remember that a club event is at least 8 people, 4 vehicles, a stand, tables, gazebo, maybe the club marquee, BBQ and a host of other equipment. It takes a lot of planning, preparation and time to make an event happen. If you want to join in, come along, we provide the framework either as a standalone event or as a club presence at a VW show for fun times.
That bit about us not biting? It might not be true. Woof.
Camper vans of all shapes and sizes sparkled in the sunlight as hundreds of spectators descended on Weston Park.
Vintage and custom VW buses were once again the star attraction at the annual Camper Jam weekend, now in its sixth year.
As well as quirky motorhomes, other highlights included live bands, hundreds of trade stands and a fun fair.
John Bennetto, 54, attended the show with his friend Joanne Mills, 52, from nearby Albrighton.
Mr Bennetto, who repairs haulage vehicles, said he was a confessed camper van fan.
He said: “I have been to this show for a couple of years now and it is really great.
“As someone who is a fan of camper vans it is a lot of fun.
“I like to see the modern and custom vans people show and it is always good to see what are the current trends.”
Ms Mills, who was attending for the first time, said: “I have had a tremendous amount of fun. There is a great atmosphere here and having a look around the different camper vans is really interesting.”
Dave Morgan, 30, travelled to Weston Park with his partner Sarah DeVille, 32, from Codsall.
Miss DeVille said: “I have always wanted to come to the show and have just bought a VW Beetle.
“We are really enjoying ourselves and it is really laid back and nice to go around and have a chat and make some VW friends.”