See Vintage Campers, Beetles and Golfs at Harewood House’s VW Festival

Harewood House will host 2017’s VW Festival with car displays, live music, entertainment and plenty of the famous Beetles and campers.

Few car manufacturers, particularly everyday ones, inspire the sort of devotion that Volkswagen does. The German brand is currently the biggest automaker in Europe and a lot of that stems from its rich heritage and ardent supporters. That’s why the annual VW Festival at Harewood House is such a big deal. 

From Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August 2017, thousands of VW aficionados will head to the country house for a glorious weekend filled with the motors of yesteryear. But that’s not all – there’s live music, street food, art and all manner of activities for the kids to enjoy across three days.

VW Festival at Harewood House

Credit: El Russell

The star of the weekend is the Show and Shine event. 250 of the best Volkswagen Beetles and campers from across the UK are selected before the show. They’re then put on show across the weekend before judging takes place on Sunday afternoon and the finest VW is crowned the winner.

The VW displays are also a highlight. This year, they’re putting on a special show of the VW Mk 1 Golf. 6.8 million were sold between 1974 and 1993 and it was Volkswagen’s first ever front engine, front-wheel, water-cooled small family car. They’re now incredibly rare due to their age, but there’ll be plenty on display at the VW Festival.

That’s not all – there’ll be a special display of Herbie-style Beetles, one for film fans perhaps. They’ve got a selection of Volkswagens that are famed for their use in movies, as well as a series of VW beach-buggies – they’re specially adapted versions of the Beetle that have been transformed into dune buggy style vehicles. 

If you’re after even more classic Volkswagens, head to the Air Cooled Display. In conjunction with Clique 53, they’ll be showing off a huge range of air cooled Beetles, Karmann Ghias, camper vans and more.

Mixing it up slightly, will be the final display – the Ratty Display, where unloved old VWs are given a chance to be appreciated whatever their condition or faults. Sponsored by Dubratz, who specialise in showing some love to the weird and wonderful, it’s set to be an eye-catching part of the VW Festival.

It’s not all cars either. Across the weekend, there’s live music, graffiti displays and bike stunts, as well as a chance to win a specially built VW Beetle in the annual raffle. They even have special activities for the little ones with face painting, Scalextric racing and a circus show. The VW Festival a must, whatever your age.

The VW Festival is at Harewood House on Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August 2017.

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