Sunny Stanford Hall '99
Leicestershire, England, May 2nd 1999
(photo quality limited by low resolution digital camera!)
This well established meeting specialises in superbly restored VWs, with the accent on originality. The modestly-sized stately home uses the stable wing (on the right in the picture) to house a motorcycle museum, craft workshops and a curious hang-glider contraption used by the first person to fly a heavier-than-air machine.
Traders are well-represented, with plenty of new and second-hand parts. While performance parts have been available for many years from the 'States, increasingly these days secondhand panels are being imported from there.
Clubs are always well represented here, and there was the customary extensive line-up of Split and Oval Beetles from the Historic VW Club, but the special display this year celebrated 50-years of Karmann, with an impressive showing of Type 1 and 3 Ghias, plus many cabrio Beetles. (Did I really miss finding them? Must have been too busy on the stand!)
As well as original air-cooled VWs, we are now able to buy brand new ones from Mexico and Brazil, imported by Beetles (UK). Prices start from £7,995 ($13,000) for the LHD Beetle (extra for RHD, sunroof etc) and rise to about £15,000 ($24,000) for the Camper conversion. (These prices are very normal for new cars in the UK).
1600 air-cooled fuel-injected Type 1 engine
Camper and panel van
Beetle also available in RHD,
Some of the other lovely Type 3s and 4s (well, one!) at the show
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