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Stonor VW 2018
Held at Stonor for over 30 years, the Association of British VW Clubs along with its sponsors, welcomes all enthusiasts on the 3rd June to Stonor VW 2018. Gates open 10:00 to 16:00 hrs, there is a single charge of £11:00 on the day children under 16 are free, with access to the show, Stately home and gardens.
Concours d'elegance - club displays - camping - swapmeet - traders - Bouncy Castle, music and refreshments.
We have launched the Stonor VW 2018 page and are just finalising some details. The committee has a final meeting mid-January and then the page will be open for advanced bookings. Featuring Concours d'Elegance, there will be club displays, camping, swapmeet and trade plots, an area for car sales along with bar, live music and refreshments. We are also looking to improve things for children at the show.
We thank you to all those that provided feedback as we continue to improve the show.
THE THING ABOUT STONOR
Words by Steve Neill. Picture by Scott Morgan
Once more, the June sun drew the crowds upon Stonor Park in the heart of the Chilterns after the May drizzle of kept so many visitors away. Year on year, VW Expo is never quite the same but that lazy Sunday feeling remains – one essential ingredient that is most appreciated.
It has been six years since the Association of British VW Clubs steering committee took on the show, melding its own two day VW Expo with that sacred Stonor vibe. Thus, it is now organised by a clutch of members belonging to five ABVWC clubs - Aircooled Konnection, Herts VW Club, Jetta Owners Club, Oxford VW Club and Surrey Air-cooled - on behalf of the many UK clubs that reside under the association umbrella.
The quality and mix of VW models on display couldn’t be more varied, yet the field is constrained by twenty one classes of twelve – the maximum that can be accommodated in the Concours Arena on any given Sunday. Splitting and expanding the Pride and Joy show’n’shine into the popular Air-cooled Avenue and Water-cooled Way afforded much needed additional capacity. After dipping into the wider pool of Audi, Seat and Skoda, the brimmed 2016 paddock of top notch cars and vans was once again VW centred, with the other marques welcomed into four new classes. Many concours classes were over-subscribed so late comers were resigned to displaying their vehicles at the bottom of the hill – it’s best to book a place beforehand to avoid future disappointment.
Yet, there was a distinct lack of trade stands, after last year’s bumper crop of businesses squeezed around the Big J: J for John (Daniel), who has been involved with the Stonor Park show since its inception in 1984. A reflection of the times, maybe, but the lack of mobile and internet signal in the park certainly hampers trade – a sore subject for many including the Stonor Estate itself.
VW Expo couldn’t happen without the backing of its sponsors. For 2016, Adrian Flux Insurance Services were the main show sponsor and the organisers are very grateful to their team for the support that they have offered over the years. The organisers would also like to thank Cordwallis, Hawthorns of Farnham, Megabug, The Phirm and VW Heritage for supporting the Concours and show'n'shine.
Each year the organisers deliberate on any improvements that can be made and welcome all feedback, positive and not so positive. How can it be different yet remain the same? Each year different ideas are tried – children’s fancy dress for kids both young and old; a show winners enclosure for photo “ops” are examples. Any input is welcome, either as an organiser or on the day. However, VW Expo at Stonor Park is a not for profit enterprise run by volunteers. It supports a number of charities and its host, the Stonor Estate, for the upkeep of the deer park and the manor house from the gate admission charge.
The ABVWC would like to thank all who visited, supported and took part in VW Expo 2017 we had a few set backs on the day which we can only apologise, the bar never arrived and the VW parking could not be carried out due to a lack of manning.
Thank you again and we always welcome your feedback and suggestions on improving the show firstname.lastname@example.org
Association of British VW Clubs
The CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE is pre book only and has 22 classes open to vehicles of 3 years of age, that have passed their first MOT, and older. There are bespoke class awards for 1st and 2nd places, judged by experts and sponsored by TBC. In addition, there will be a Trophy and an award for Best Air-cooled and Best Water-cooled vehicles and a Special Interest Trophy, awarded by the show organisers.
Due to the popularity of Concours d'Elegance, entry is £5 per vehicle and only available to pre book only the application form is below all cheques should be made payable to VW Expo. Pre-Booked Entry List closes on Friday 20th May 2017 to enable us to send out each unique pass in time for the show.
The Royal County VW Club is a mainly Air Cooled VW laid-back meet up that has slowly been getting bigger since it was first started back in the summer of 2004. Bugs, Buggies, Buses and T25's all welcome.
It has also been attracting a few other classic, custom, and sports cars though due to the history of the pub being the meeting place of the old "Royal County Hot Rod Club".
The club meets at the Red Lyon Pub, Hurley, Berkshire SL6 5LH on the second Wednesday of each month from 7pm till late.
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