VeeDubKate

About VeeDubKate

I am the owner of this blog, I am passionate (some would say obsessed) with classic VWs (Volkswagens). I run the website classicvolks.com - a growing resource for VW owners and enthusiasts, from VW hire, to restoration, to events and shows to technical information and a forum to share knowledge and fun. Most weekends throughout show season you are likely to find me at a VW show, or indeed running one. I run Field of Dreams Aircooled VW show at York Racecourse, just minutes from the city centre and I co-organise Dubs int' Dales in the Yorkshire Dales, along with Dubtricks. Classic Volks the brand is growing daily and I am constantly adding to the website, the latest addition being the classified adverts and the shop page where I am now selling Classic Volks branded t-shirts, these are available in a variety of sizes and colours.

NEW AMAROK 180 PS WITH BLUEMOTION TECHNOLOGY AND AUTO TRANSMISSION

The Amarok is now even more powerful and economical, thanks to a power upgrade for the 163 PS BiTDI engine to 180 PS, and the introduction of BlueMotion Technology models to offer improved efficiency.  In addition, towing limits have increased from 2,800 kg to 3,000 kg for manual models, while a new eight-speed automatic transmission has been introduced and has a higher towing limit of 3,200 kg.

To improve supply and availability, Amarok models for the UK and the rest of Europe are now being produced in the same factory as the Transporter in Hanover, Germany.  At the same time, new features introduced include: Bluetooth, front and rear parking sensors, heated washer jets, tachograph preparation, cornering fog lights and 19-inch alloy wheels.

BlueMotion Technology improves fuel economy and lowers emissions by using low rolling resistance tyres, Stop/Start and regenerative braking.  This means that although the 180 PS BlueMotion Technology is over 10 per cent more powerful than the previous 163 PS model, it is 3.9 per cent more economical, with a combined fuel economy of 37.2 mpg compared to 35.8 mpg.  Better still, emissions drop by 10 g/km to 199 g/km.

Torque for the eight-speed automatic transmission increases from 400 to 420 Nm, delivered at 1,750 rpm.  It is available exclusively as a Highline model with BlueMotion Technology and permanent 4MOTION for a retail price of £25,105 (plus VAT).  It achieves combined fuel economy of 35.3 mpg with emissions of 211 g/km – the same as the standard manual model.

The new 180 PS BiTDI engine is available with a six-speed manual transmission in Startline, Trendline and Highline trim levels and selectable 4MOTION all-wheel drive with retail prices from £19,795 (plus VAT).   The 2.0-litre TDI 122 PS engine is still available in the Startline range from £18,795 (plus VAT).

‘The new 180 PS engine and automatic transmission make the Amarok even more refined, plus with BlueMotion Technology also now available, it can offer more efficiency, too,’ said Alex Smith, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

‘The Amaroks from Germany are now arriving in Van Centre showrooms, with demonstrators available for test drives,’ he continued.

Full details of the Amarok range are available at www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk, or by calling 0800 717131.  For the latest updates find Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles on:facebook.com/VolkswagenCommercialVehiclesUKor on Twitter @Volkswagen_CV.

Amarok performance and technical specifications:

Combined MPG 0-62 mph
(seconds)
CO2
(g/km)
Payload
(kg)
Previous163 PS 4MOTION Selectable 35.8 11.1 209 1,064 to 1,108
Previous163 PS 4MOTION Permanent 35.8 11.1 209 750
New 180 PS 4MOTION Selectable 35.3 11.0 211 1,091 to 1,145
New 180 PS 4MOTION Permanent
BlueMotion Technology
37.2 11.0 199 772
New 180 PS 4MOTION Permanent
BlueMotion Technology automatic
35.3 11.3 211 1,077

Amarok retail and on the road (OTR) prices:

Retail £ (ex VAT) OTR £ (inc VAT)
Startline
2.0 TDI 122 PS 4MOTION Selectable
2.0 BiTDI 180 PS 4MOTION Selectable
£18,795
£19,795
£23,526
£24,726
Trendline
2.0 BiTDI 180 PS 4MOTION Selectable
£20,795 £25,926
Highline
2.0 BiTDI 180 PS 4MOTION Selectable
2.0 BiTDI 180 PS 4MOTION Permanent BlueMotion Technology
2.0 BiTDI 180 PS 4MOTION Permanent BlueMotion Technology auto
£23,375
£23,375
£25,105
£29,022
£29,022
£31,098

FREE WINTER CHECK FROM VOLKSWAGEN COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

VW Roadside Assistance van
VW Roadside Assistance van

Roadside Assistance from Volkswagen

Over the past two winters, Volkswagen Roadside Assistance has attended 2,500 battery related call-outs and 700 wiper and washer related call-outs, so to make sure your van isn’t a victim of the cold this year, take advantage of the free Winter Check now available from Volkswagen Van Centres and authorised repairers across the UK.

The free, 30-point Winter Check includes essentials such as battery, lights, tyres, wipers and washers, plus screenwash and antifreeze levels.  If the screenwash is low, it will be topped up for free with Volkswagen genuine screenwash, which can cope with temperatures of minus 70°C.  If any items need replacing, a range of Volkswagen approved replacements are available at competitive prices, including winter tyres, which provide extra grip and traction when temperatures fall below seven degrees.

In addition, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has produced a video of top winter driving tips, with help from the Volkswagen Roadside Assistance partner, the RAC.  This can be seen at www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk, or on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/vwcommercialvehicles.

‘People don’t realise the importance of basics like good quality screenwash which works at much lower temperatures than cheaper alternatives, or that the correct antifreeze level is essential to reduce the risk and cost of burst pipes or frozen water pumps,’ said Stephen Bateson, Head of Aftersales and Customer Service.

‘This free Winter Check will help van drivers keep their vehicles on the road this winter, and save the cost of unnecessary repairs and lost business if they breakdown,’ he continued.

To find your nearest participating Volkswagen Van Centre, call 0800 717131 or visit www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk.  For the latest updates follow Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles on Facebook:facebook.com/VolkswagenCommercialVehiclesUK or Twitter @Volkswagen_CV.

Biggest Ever Group Test

Which Motorhome, the UK’s number one magazine for motorhome testing, has just completed its biggest ever group test of twelve Volkswagen campers at the Caravan Club’s site in Ferry Meadows.

All campers tested were based on the current shape Volkswagen T5, featuring the classic side kitchen layout with an elevating roof. The campers tested included Volkswagen’s own California, while the remainder were from all the UK’s leading manufacturers: the Bilbo’s Komba SE 35, Bilbo’s Celex LWB, Bebb Sport Lifestyle, Rolling Homes, Jerba Cromarty, Danbury Surf, VWKC Komet, VWKC Karisma, Concept Multi-Car Trio Style, Leisuredrive Crusader and Hillside Birchover.

All the campers were tested by Which Motorhome’s highly experienced road-testers, who found a surprising variation between them. The results of this test, along with the winner are published in the December issue of Which Motorhome, on-sale on 8th November.

Which Motorhome was established in 1986 and is widely recognised as the leading magazine for those looking to buy their first motorhome or upgrade their existing motorhome to a new model.

Which Motorhome has recently been relaunched and includes more motorhome tests than before, while the magazine is often first to test new motorhomes as they are launched. Which Motorhome covers everything from new A-classes to luxury low-profiles and secondhand bargains, so there is something to suit all budgets!

Editor, Peter Vaughan said: “Which Motorhome introduced group testing to motorhome magazines in the UK and we continue to lead the way with this, our biggest ever group test. And with more motorhomers downsizing, as well as rapidly growing interest in VW campers, there has never been a more appropriate time to look at these unique and highly-aspirational vehicles.’

Managing Editor, Daniel Attwood, added: “This issue of Which Motorhome is a must read for anyone interested in Volkswagen campervans. The team have pulled off one of the greatest tests of VW campervans since their introduction some 50 years ago… and it makes for great reading!”

VOLKSWAGEN SHOWS COMPACT SUV CONCEPT AT SAO PAULO SHOW

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Volkswagen’s latest concept car, the Taigun, has been unveiled at the São Paulo motor show, and previews the look of a possible small SUV based on the New Small Family platform, which underpins the award-winning up!.

Just like the up!, the Taigun is small on the outside – at just 3.86 metres long and 1.73 metres wide – but big on the inside, thanks to a generous 2.47 metre wheelbase.  These dimensions give the Taigun short overhangs (708 mm front and 681 mm rear) and purposeful proportions, while the clear, concise exterior styling follows the unmistakable Volkswagen design DNA.

Powering the four-seat Taigun is a new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 110 PS at 5,000 rpm and pushing 175 Nm (129 lbs ft) of torque through the six-speed manual gearbox.  The engine is based on the latest EA211 series, and with the use of direct fuel injection and turbocharging it is able to return a combined fuel consumption of just 4.7 litres per 100km (60.1 mpg), despite being able to take the 985 kg Taigun from zero to 62 mph in 9.2 seconds and on to 186 km/h (115 mph) top speed.

The look of the Taigun is deliberately styled to emulate that of its SUV siblings, the Tiguan and Touareg, as is evident in the rugged side panels, underbody protection and practical roof rails with LED spotlights.  Wide tracks (1,473 mm front and rear) help give the Taigun a purposeful look, while 17-inch alloys with 205/50 R17 tyres, high ground clearance and plentiful torque enable it to deal with rough surfaces.  This is, however, very much a vehicle for the urban environment: the high driving position gives the driver an optimum view in traffic, while there’s plenty of room for luggage, thanks to a practical 280-litre loadspace that increases to 987 litres with the rear seats down.  What’s more, the tailgate is split, with the top two-thirds opening upwards and the bottom third folding down, making loading even easier.
The interior of the Taigun is simple and spacious (headroom is 1,036 mm in front and 980 mm at the back), with controls pared back to a minimum.  The front air nozzles, for example, not only individually control the direction of the air flow, but also the blower speed and the temperature, which is displayed within the nozzle.  Meanwhile the central infotainment system can pair with the majority of smartphones, providing an intuitive interface.  Above this are mounted auxiliary instrument gauges that display oil pressure, coolant temperature and turbo charge pressure.

Volkswagen will be monitoring public reaction to this vehicle before taking a decision on whether to put the Taigun into production.

A FESTIVAL OF MOTORING FUN FOR CLASSIC FANS

Whether you are a classic motoring fan, classic film buff or simply a lover of all things retro, this year’s Footman James Classic Motor Show is sure to be one to remember.  With so many stunning classics, all with a great story to tell and all under one roof at the NEC − it’s a classic fan’s paradise.

To tie in with this year’s theme ‘What’s the story?’ title sponsors Footman James’ stand will feature two stars from the screen; Del Boy’s Reliant Regal Supervan from The Only Fools and Horses series and, in honour of  Bond’s 50th anniversary, the Jaguar XKR from Die Another Day is also expected to draw the crowds.   Stand visitors, who obtain a quote during the three day show, which runs from 16-18 November,will also have the last opportunity to enter the annual competition to win a luxury weekend for two and tickets to Beaulieu National Motor Museum  which includes the world exclusive Bond in Motion exhibition.

Another great story from the screen is the tale of the mammoth restoration of the original Roger Moore Saint Car – the Volvo 71 DXC.  Purchased by Volvo Enthusiasts’ Club founder Kevin Price back in 1997 the car commenced its restoration in 2007 and now, some five years later, thanks to sponsorship from Footman James, is to be unveiled at this year’s show.

Classic Film Festival

New for this year, is the Vintage Mobile Cinema which will screen some of the best classic motoring films of all time, as voted for by fans in a Classic Film Festival poll in the run up to this year’s Show.  So, if you fancy a brief moment of calm, pop along to the Vintage Mobile Cinema and catch up with your favourite classic car or bike movie in true vintage style.

Big game show fun

The 45,000 visitors expected at this year’s show can also take part in an exciting daily game show, The Generation Challenge, sponsored by Footman James, will take place on the Live Stage.  Wheeler Dealer host Mike Brewer will guide participants as they battle through a range of motoring challenges to get to the grand final when they will test their memory on the conveyor belt challenge to win a range of prizes including a luxury hamper and a ride in their dream classic.

Andy Fairchild, managing director of Footman James, said: “We have sponsored the Classic Motor Show for 18 years now, this being our third year as title sponsor, and from day one, we have been immensely proud to support the flagship event of the classic vehicle movement.

“In addition to our feature stand at the motor show you can also see us on our stand at the Footman James Classic Motorbike Show.  Once again we will be sharing the stand with our club partners, The Vintage Motor Cycle Club, which will feature a number of show-stopping classics and the chance to win your very own 1973 Laverda SF1 750cc motorcycle − worth over £6000!”

A ticket to ride

A ticket to the Show gets you a ticket to ride, well almost!  Not only can you meet the Footman James team on the Footman James car and bike stands, but also on the shiny red Footman James Routemaster bus, sadly it will be stationary, but a sight to be seen nonetheless.  Throughout the show, visitors can talk to fellow enthusiasts about the insurance options on offer, as well as obtaining on the spot quotations.

 

Volkswagen Tees Up New Golf For First Customer Orders

The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf opens for ordering today, with prices starting below those of the previous model, at just £16,285* (RRP OTR) and rising to £24,880.

The latest Golf is lighter, safer, more advanced, more spacious, more efficient and better equipped than previous generations of Europe’s best-seller, of which over 29 million have been sold – some 1.6 million of these in the UK.  From launch, the Golf is available in the UK in three trim levels: S, SE and GT (GTI and BlueMotion models join the line-up in 2013).  Four petrol engines and two diesel engines are available, in either three- or five-door form.

The petrol engine range starts with a four-cylinder 1.2-litre TSI unit producing 85 PS, rising via a 1.2-litre TSI 105 PS and a 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS motor to the 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS with Active Cylinder Technology, which is capable of 60.1 mpg (combined cycle) and 110 g/km (with DSG gearbox), thanks to the ability to deactivate two cylinders under light loads.

The diesel engines at launch are a 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS and a new 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS unit.  Both feature the latest common rail diesel technology for maximum efficiency.  All new Golf models – both diesel and petrol – come with a Stop/Start system as standard, along with battery regeneration.  Gearboxes are a mixture of five- and six-speed manuals, and six- and seven-speed DSG units, depending on the engines’ power and torque outputs.

All Golf models come with seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, five three-point seatbelts, ABS with ESP, XDS electronic differential lock and Isofix preparation for two rear child seats.  The entry-level Composition Media system includes a 5.8-inch colour touchscreen, DAB digital radio, a CD player, MDI interface (for connecting iPod or MP3 player), Bluetooth telephone preparation and audio streaming and eight speakers.  Also standard is ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning, among a host of other features.

Moving from S to SE trim brings an outstanding range of features, including standard ADC Automatic Distance Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, which can even bring the vehicle to a complete halt if necessary, a Driver Alert System, PreCrash preventative occupant protection, Driver Profile Selection, rain-sensitive wipers, an automatically dimming rear-view mirror and dusk sensor (automatic driving lights).

The GT model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, ‘Cherry Red’ rear light clusters, heat-insulating dark-tinted rear glass, electrically foldable door mirrors with puddle lights, and front and rear parking sensors with visual display.  Inside are gloss black inserts, Alcantara and cloth sports seats, LED reading lights, ambient lighting and the Discover Navigation media system with 5.8-inch colour touchscreen.

Options include high beam assist, lane assist, park assist, ACC adaptive chassis control, a rear-view camera, Discover Pro navigation system with eight-inch colour touchscreen, keyless entry and a panoramic sunroof.

 

The New Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Retailers begin taking orders for the new Golf today, 19 October, with first deliveries due from the car’s official on-sale date of 7 January 2013.  For full details, see the price list*.  For more information visit www.volkswagen.co.uk.

VOLKSWAGEN NEWS RELEASE: VOLKSWAGEN’S PARSIMONIOUS BUT PEPPY POLO BLUEGT OPENS FOR ORDERING

Customers who want to mix the performance of a petrol motor with the frugal fuel use of a diesel are in for a treat, as the new Volkswagen Polo BlueBT, which uses ACT cylinder deactivation to maximise efficiency and power, is available to order from today.

 

The new Polo BlueGT, which costs from £17,400 on the road, features a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine producing 140 PS and 250 Nm (185 lbs ft) of torque, yet it returns 61.4 mpg on the combined cycle and emits just 107 g/km of CO2, whether drivers opt for the six-speed manual or the seven-speed DSG transmission.  Top speed is 130 mph and zero to 62 mph takes just 7.9 seconds.

 

At the heart of the Polo BlueGT, and responsible in large part for its combination of high performance and low fuel economy, is the new EA211 engine.  Under light and medium loads, the second and third cylinders are automatically shut down, producing fuel savings of up to 0.4 litres per 100 km in the EU driving cycle.  At a constant 50 kmh (30 mph) the savings can be as much as one litre per 100 km, and even at 70 kmh (44 mph) in fifth gear, around 0.7 litres per 100 km can be saved.

 

Cylinder deactivation occurs at engine speeds of between 1,400 and 4,000 rpm, and at torque outputs of 25 to 100 Nm (18 to 74 lbs ft).  If the driver presses the accelerator pedal, the two cylinders are imperceptibly reactivated.  All mechanical switchovers occur within 13 to 36 milliseconds, depending on engine speed.  The multifunction display in the instrument binnacle lets the driver know when cylinders are deactivated.

 

While the cylinder deactivation is so unobtrusive that only the driver might know about it, the Polo BlueGT itself is distinguished inside and out by various styling cues.  On the outside, there are multi-spoke 17-inch alloys and GT badges front and rear, while the suspension is lowered by around 15 mm.  Added to this are some features borrowed from the Polo GTI (the rear spoiler, rear bumper with diffuser, plus front bumper with LED daytime running lights) and some from the Polo BlueMotion (side sills and front windscreen rain channels).  A black-painted front grille and black door mirror caps complete the look, while a unique exterior paint, ‘Blue Silk’, is available as an option.

 

Inside, as in the Polo GTI, the roof lining is in black, while the instruments are also adopted from the GTI.  Up front are bespoke BlueGT sports seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with BlueGT emblem.  Standard specification includes DAB radio with iPod connectivity, cruise control, Bluetooth phone connection and XDS electronic differential lock.  Orders open today, with deliveries expected in mid-December.

 

Model Engine
derivative

CO2,
g/km

Combined mpg

Price, £ RRP OTR

Polo BlueGT 3dr 1.4-litre 140 PS TSI ACT 6 spd man

107

61.4

17,400

Polo BlueGT 5dr 1.4-litre 140 PS TSI ACT 6 spd man

107

61.4

18,020

Polo BlueGT 3dr 1.4-litre 140 PS TSI ACT 7 spd DSG

107

61.4

18,745

Polo BlueGT 5dr 1.4-litre 140 PS TSI ACT 7 spd DSG

107

61.4

19,365

Oil Checking

I have decided to start putting some basic maintenance articles here for you – I know I found it hard to find good simple instruction when I first started doing things with my Beetle (less than a year ago).  I’ll start with the real basics and as I learn new things I’ll get them down in writing.

So firstly, one thing you should do at least once a week is to check the oil level on your aircooled engine – I probably check it more often than that and certainly add to that before any long trips.  Aircooled engines are actually designed to use a bit of oil when they are running and oil is not only for lubrication but is one of the main cooling systems of the aircooled engine – more on that in another article but remember how important the oil system is in your aircooled engine.  So, here’s how to check your oil.

  1. Run the engine til hot, maybe a quick drive round the block, then turn it off.
  2. Wait about 10 minutes after turning the engine off to allow most of the oil to drain down to the crankcase
  3. Pull out the dipstick and wipe with a rag
  4. Re-insert the dipstick and make sure it’s properly in
  5. Remove again and look at the level – there are marks, the level should be in  between the 2.
  6. If the oil level is less than halfway then add a little oil – try not to spill any but if you do wipe it up after.

If you check this as regularly as I mentioned earlier then it should never get lower than the lowest mark – if it does then you probably have an oil leak that needs investigating.  Always make sure you replace the dipstick and the oil filler cap.  I keep the can of oil with me at all times just in case.

Tatton Park VW Show 2012 – Photo Report

Show report and pictures by Rob Blackwood of originals-art.com – if you particularly like any of the pictures you see here then please pop over to his website and get in touch – all pictures are available to purchase.

Now I’m no VW expert, but I love to look at them and more particularly, take photos of them and this caused us a bit of a problem at Tatton Park! Why i hear you ask …well let me tell you,choice and people is the answer.

We have been going to VW shows for a good few years now and we always manage to get hundreds and hundreds of shots between us, at Tatton we took a little over 100 shots, this was nothing to do with the quality of the vehicles on show (more about that later) the reason we took so few is simply because of the crowds, there were swarms of people surrounding all the super cars and buses on show it made getting a nice clean shot almost impossible! It really sounds like I am complaining, but believe me I really am not, quite the opposite really.  The quality and variety of vehicles on show was amazing, there was dubs there that I have not seen at any other show, along with some very nice Porsche and some very wacky beach bugs.
The whole showground had a really nice buzz about it, I’m sure the lovely sun had a lot to do with it, when we arrived on Saturday night and seen the 3hr downpour we thought it was going to be a washout, but like I have heard people say, Tatton seems to drain well and when we woke early on Sunday,the ground was almost bone dry!  The main reason for the feel good vibe, was just the fact it was one hell of a good show and a real family show.  We traded here for the first time and even the range and variety of trade stands were excellent, with lots of stalls to help us part with our hard earned cash!!  We had heard such alot of good reports about Tatton and sometimes this can be a recipe for disaster because you have such high hopes,but the show lived up to all our expectations.
Now the most technical bit you will ever get from me,our fave dubs were a nice two tone beetle and a ratty split that we have seen at many shows,i think its the cyclops light we like! and i loved the couple of old Porsches and the VW variants.
Hope to see you at a show soon,if you see a confused looking photographer say hello and explain that the engine is in the back.

Camper Jam 2012 – Pictures!

A few photos that we took at Camper Jam 2012, there are more to follow after I finish washing the mud off and have a sleep!  If you spot your ride amongst the photos please let me know.  Feel free to comment at the end.  Were you at Camper Jam? Did you have a good time?

Camper Jam 2012

Picture taken at Camper Jam 2012
By Kate McCarthy Bedward of Classic Volks & York Classic VWs

After another week of checking the weather forecast every 10 minutes and seeing nothing but rain, rain and more rain we were beginning to wonder if this year’s Camper Jam would go ahead.  We were due to set off from York at 2pm on Friday (6th July) and it was constant rain here in York.  I called the show organisers in the morning to double check everything was okay and yes, it was very wet and very muddy after another torrential downpour overnight but they would most definitely not be cancelling.  I for one had made the decision that as long as it wasn’t cancelled we would be heading down – I had been looking forward to this show for a long time and really din’t want to miss it.

We set off as planned at 2pm, the drive down was dreadful – the rain was pretty much constant throughout the journey, bear in mind we were in our ’69 beetle with wipers that do what they want, and the traffic was very slow with many tailbacks due to accidents and roadworks in different parts.  We finally arrived at Weston Park at 7pm but this was not the end of our journey, it took an hour to get into the grounds and onto the camping area ‘Home is Where You Park It’.

We found a dry bit of ground to put the tent, in fact the whole of the area ‘Home is Where You Park It’ was pretty well drained.  We had lost a tent pole in the wind at last week’s Volkspower and so I had arranged to pick one up from Lightening Leisure on arrival at the show.  So, first stop over to the traders area to find them.  The ground as we walked down to where the traders were located was extremely muddy and we were very grateful for the wellies had bought that morning!  We found lightening Leisure in a foot of mud, picked up our new pole and went to get our tent up.  Once it was up it was time for a wander round to see what there was on site.  The first part of the show we came to was a good sized fairground with waltzers, bumper cars, a crazy bull ride, ghost train and much more, this we would definitely be coming back to later!  Next there were the food traders and what a selection there was! – from the usual fish & chips and burger stands to Caribbean and vegetarian food, a cous cous stand and noodles amongst many others, spoilt for choice I think you’d say! In among this was a DJ in a campervan playing some great tunes – people were having a fantastic time here dancing away in the mud!

There were 2 very large marquees both with live bands – although The Beat who were supposed to be playing were unable to come due to adverse weather conditions (not as hardcore as us veedubbers I guess!).  We had a good look around bumped in to a few friends and had a really nice evening.  It was a real shame the The Beat couldn’t make it as many had been looking forward to seeing them, in fact a couple of our club members had only come to this show because they were playing.  However, Saturday night’s band 16 Stone Pig were absolutely fantastic, I think I can speak for pretty much everyone that was in that tent to see them when I say, we all had a fantastic time – they played some great covers and got us all dancing and jumping around – videos will be uploaded shortly to our YouTube ‘Classic Volks’.   Once they had finished we wandered over to where Druid’s Brew were playing from their split screen campervan – we sat there probably for about an hour, very chilled out acoustic music under a tree, there was a beautiful and relaxed atmosphere, I could have sat there and listened all night.  After this we were relaxed and ready for sleep.

Unfortunately on Saturday night the organisers had to make the very difficult decision to not allow any day visitors in on the Sunday – although it had only rained a couple of times during Saturday, the times it did it was very heavy rain and any more vehicles coming in could have made it more difficult to get people out at the end of the show.

We awoke to beautiful sunshine on Sunday morning!  So we decided the best course of action would be to have breakfast and then pack up the tent etc in case it decided to rain later.  Once packed up we drove down to the show area so that we could get out easily at the end of the show.

The show and shine time was brought forward to give people time to get off the site and get towed off if necessary, some areas were still extremely muddy and this was most like to be the only way they were going to get off.  Some of the traders and packed up and gone home before we even go down there – I think they were worried that if it rained again they may be stuck there until Monday – it had been mentioned at some point that this may have to happen, we weren’t sure if this was true of if it was just a rumour, but there were some that didn’t want to take the chance.

The show and shine was of a very high quality, some fantastic campers on show – both old and new, one of my favourites was definitely the split screen high top.  Rob Henley with his T5 won best in show (his dogs had also won places in the dog show!),  Rob Underwood (of VW Wedding Hire) and his split screen wedding campervan ‘Beryl’  also won a prize as did Rob Newman (of Dubtrips camper hire) with his recently restored split screen ‘Jeremy’ – both of these split screens were immaculate and were restored at Dubtricks of Harrogate, see accompanying photos!

The sunshine did stay all day on the Sunday and it was a beautiful hot day but still very muddy on the showground. We decided to leave after the show and shine to avoid the queues getting off the site as we knew our first stop was the nearest petrol station petrol station!

Despite the weather and the mud I have to say Camper Jam 2012 was a fantastic show and I think the majority of people there would agree that the organisers did a fantastic job keeping the show running and making it an absolutely fantastic weekend!  We are already looking forward to next Camper Jam 2013 and come rain or shine we will be there!

Picture Blog from VolksPower 2012

I have decided to just do a picture blog for this show, partly because I am so busy cleaning mud of everything and doing my usual day job (running Classic Volks & York Classic VWs) and getting ready for setting of to CamperJam 2012 on Friday.  Seems the working weeks are very short currently as I am at shows pretty much every weekend, so I spend Mondays cleaning all camping equipment (all shows so far have been wet and muddy), and then Fridays are spent packing up and getting ready to go, with a day in the middle somewhere to give Miss Betsy (my 1969 Beetle a bit of love ready for her next trip).  We took plenty of pictures so please enjoy.

Dubs in’t Dales & Mighty Dub Fest

 – by Mark Stutt of Camperscape (VW camper hire)

Dubs In’t Dales

Logo for Dubs in't Dales - VW festival in the Yorkshire Dales

Dubs in’t Dales!

This is a very new to the scene and welcome addition to the growing list of VW shows happening in the North East of England; it’s really a bonus not having to travel to the other end of the country to get my VW show fix (we’re from Tynemouth) and I found out about it as I follow Kate one of the organisers on Twitter (@ClassicVolks) and Facebook.

With it being so close and especially in the Dales (one of my favourite areas in England) made it a no-brainer to go to. The price of £10 per campervan (for one nights camping and all entertainment) was a bargain!

The location at the Nidderdale Showground was perfect! Two minutes walk from the high street of the lovely village of Pateley Bridge was a pleasant change to being stuck in a field miles from any facilities and I’m sure the pubs, shops and takeaways had a roaring trade that weekend.

Splitcreen Wedding Camper

Splitscreen wedding camper belonging to VW4Weddings.co.uk – picture by ClassicVolks

The whole event had a really nice laid back vibe (like the shows back in the day), with enough trade stands and food stalls to keep you going for the two days and some great bands performing from an articulated lorry trailer as a stage (very old skool!). I met up with some old VW friends and made some new ones and the folks attending were a nice mix of old, young, families and couples and everyone got along nicely.

The show ‘n’ shine attracted some lovely buses, beetles and more modern VWs, my favourite though was a distinctly non-shiny ’53 Barn Door bus with more patina then the Titanic!

The weekend past too quickly and I’ve heard they want to make it a two-nighter next year; where do I sign up for tickets?

Mighty Dub Fest

Dubs driving off into the woods

Dubs driving off into the woods – picture by Classic Volks

This show is now in it’s third year (after moving from Newcastle Racecourse) and is settled in Druridge Bay, a fantastic coastal location with the beach two minutes from the beer tent!

Possibly the biggest show in the region (apologies to VolksPower in Redcar if that’s incorrect), the camping areas are around the lake with a large marquee housing the bar and stage for the plentiful bands that appeared. There was also a dance tent, plenty of trade stands (we were one – Camperscape), food and drink stalls and other things to keep the bairns happy. I know quite a few people in the local VW clubs and it was great to unwind listening to a few bands, having a laugh and catching up with people. This event coincided with Euro 2012 and the footy was even screened in the main tent!

Unfortunately the ‘so called’ British Summer didn’t arrive, but a monsoon did and the event was quickly re-christened Mighty Mud Fest! Barry and the other organisers and the local council and park staff battled to prevent it going the way of so many other VW shows this year and thanks to their efforts it wasn’t cancelled. There’s nothing the organisers could do about the weather and people pulled on their wellies and got on with enjoying themselves.

I also bumped into a former work colleague and it was great to catch up with Mark and Angela again, she runs tribal belly dancing classes (I didn’t join the workshop you’ll be pleased to hear!).

 These two events show the variety of VW festivals that are happening now in the North East and all the organisers should give themselves a pat on the back for putting the North East firmly on the VW map. See you at the Tynemouth Classic VW Rally on the 28 July!

 

 



Dubs in’t Dales 2012 – Organisers Perspective

By Kate McCarthy Bedward of ClassicVolks.com/York Classic VWs & Louise Battey of Dubtricks
Dubs in't Dales Flyer

Dubs in’t Dales

Let me start by telling you where the idea for Dubs in’t Dales came from.  How we organised our first ever VW Show in just 3 months!

In January this year, Jez Dyke from Dubtricks (a VW restoration company based in Harrogate) attended the first ever CamperMart show in Telford. It was a great show and he came away feeling like he had made some useful contacts, in particular Neil and Gaby from Litesteer who were advertising their new PAS (Power Assisted Steering) system for campervans. Jez was impressed with how well engineered this new product was and as soon as he got back to work he tracked them down on Facebook and Twitter and kept in contact, knowing that it was a product that his customers would love. A couple of months later, Litesteer were recruiting official fitting centres for their power steering system and as soon as Jez spotted this on their website, he contacted Litesteer to see if he could get involved. Litesteer were very enthusiastic and supportive about this, and even suggested that they came up to Yorkshire to hold an open day at Dubtricks.

This is the point at which I got involved in the story. I was sitting quietly in my office one afternoon, minding my own business, (literally in fact, as I was working on my website for ClassicVolks.com),  when I got a slightly panicked Facebook message from Jez. He said he needed to organise an open day at short notice and get as many local VW enthusiasts together as possible. His busy workshop was already stacked out with vehicles and with it being spring, it was lambing season on the farm where his workshop is based, which meant that the farmers would not tolerate a large VW gathering on the grounds. Knowing how active and enthusiastic my York club members are, he knew that we would get a good turnout for any event that we organised, so wondered if we could combine the open day with one of our club meets.

Of course I thought it was a great idea, any excuse for a VW gathering, and I knew my club members would think the same.  Over the next couple of weeks we talked about where to hold it – we were initially looking for a pub with a big enough car park to accommodate the York club members and lots of the Dubtricks customers.  We then thought that because it would be a bit further from York than my usual meetings, a venue with the option for over night camping might be preferable, so started scouting around for a campsite with a pub. Jez asked around local friends and businesses based close to Dubtricks to see if any of them could suggest a good venue, and eventually his friend James, whose family run the local village store, suggested that Nidderdale Showground in Pateley Bridge.

We had not even thought about hiring the showground, as it was far bigger than the sort of venues that we had been considering, but James said they were very supportive of local businesses, and would perhaps do us a good deal if they liked us. It sounded like a perfect location, a lovely flat showground in the middle of a dales village, with all the local shops, pubs and other amenities of Pateley Bridge close at hand, and surrounded by the picturesque rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales, so I drove over to Dubtricks and we met at the showground to very tentatively approached the farmer who owns it, taking James with us in the hope that a familiar local face would aid our cause. In actual fact, the showground owner appeared to like the idea of a car show, and before we knew what had happened, we had hired a showground for the weekend of the 9-10 June 2012. On the 10 minute drive through the Dales from Pateley Bridge back to Dubtricks, the slightly scary thought occurred to us that if we were hiring a showground and holding a VW event on it, we had essentially just signed up to organise our first VW show! Before we had even arrived back at Jez’s workshop, our nerves had turned to excitement, and the ideas started flowing. Within that 10 minute drive we had already come up with the name Dubs In the Dales, but Jez and James, both Yorkshire lads, laughingly said that it really had to be Dubs In’t Dales, and the name stuck!

With just over 2 months to the agreed date for the show, the pressure was really on, as if we were going to do this, we wanted to do it right. I set about doing the online advertising, building Facebook and twitter pages, and creating a forum presence for the show, whilst Jez and Lou at Dubtricks worked on designing logos, flyers and banners, organising the show and shine trophies and dealing with the council red tape. Litesteer, who were also very enthusiastic about the show idea, also helped with the publicity side of things, and James, who also plays guitar for local band Under the Gun, offered the band’s services for free and said that he would find us more bands to cover the whole of the Saturday night entertainment. In a constant stream of Facebook and twitter messages, we somehow managed to pull together all the separate elements of the show from our four different locations.

The last few nights were spent driving around the Yorkshire Dales finalising a route for the Saturday evening cruise, and then Jez recruited help from one of his customers, Mick Barker, to go out and put sign posts all the way from A1 to the showground; we didn’t want to leave anything to chance!

Finally we felt like we had done all the preparation we could, and between us all we had considered every possible eventuality and problem that could occur. The only potential pitfall that we could now envisage, and the one factor that we had absolutely no control over, was the weather. Depressingly for the week leading up to the show, we had seen nothing but rain, and despite obsessively watching the weather forecasts and hoping for some positive news, but it was all looking pretty gloomy with no suggestion of a significant improvement before the weekend. However on the Friday afternoon a slightly more optimistic forecast popped up on the BBC website and a brief brake in the clouds and a chink of sunshine across the Yorkshire Dales gave us a faint hope that the weather might just be kind to us!

Before we new it, the Friday night before the show was upon us and there was nothing more we could do!

My husband Kevin and I drove over to Pateley Bridge late on Friday evening so that we could be ready at the showground in plenty of time to set up and get organised on Saturday morning.  We set our tent up on the eerily empty showground at dusk and in a light drizzle of rain, and prayed that the weather would improve before morning.

Betsy the 1969 Beetle at Dubs in't Dales

Betsy the 1969 Beetle at Dubs in’t Dales

We then took the short walk into the town of Pateley Bridge where we met up with Jez and Lou from Dubtricks and Neil and Gaby from Litesteer for one final pre-show pint and to run through of the following mornings events. The nerves and excitement were apparent as we quickly ran through everything we needed to do the next day. Our biggest hope was that 48 hours on from this moment we would be gathered together again in the same pub toasting the success of our first ever show and knowing that after all the hard work of the last few months, we had actually done it! With that thought in our minds, we all returned to our beds for a good nights sleep.

On Saturday morning I awoke very excited at around 6:30am and peeked outside the tent to see the glorious sight of a clear sky and bright sunshine! I cooked some bacon and eggs on toast to make sure we’d had a decent breakfast, as I had no idea when we would get chance to eat again that day.  At just 7:15am the first of the traders called to say they had already arrived, so we broke off breakfast to get them set up and were thankful that we had camped the night on the showground if traders were going to arrive as early as this.

Jez and Lou and the Dubtricks team then arrived to start putting up event shelters and banners, closely followed by Litesteer and then a steady stream of traders.

Litesteer setting up at Dubs in't Dales

Litesteer setting up at Dubs in’t Dales

Although we had said that the gates opened at noon, people started to arrive at around 10:30, obviously wanting to get a good camping spot, and since most of the traders were already set up, we decided to let them come in early.

Unfortunately the bright sunshine I had woken up to that morning didn’t last all day, and the weather was very on and off throughout the duration of Saturday, a proper mix of sunshine and showers, but to our immense relief there was no heavy rain. When the sun came out it was actually very warm and the grass started to dry out a little.

At 5:30pm we had 35 VWs lined up ready to go on our Dales Cruise, an 18km drive around the beautiful local scenery. The turnout for the cruise was much bigger than we had anticipated (possibly thanks to some enthusiastic rounding-up by Dubtricks customer Jake ‘Sooty’ Shuttleworth!) Unfortunately the weather had taken a turn for the worse again and it was very misty across the hilltops, meaning visibility wasn’t particularly good, and the stunning views we had planned all went unseen!  The clouds did make for some fantastic dubs-in-the-mist photos though, so not all was lost. After a photo stop at Coldstone Cut, an old quarry on top nearby Greenhow Hill, the convoy returned via a last pit stop off at The Bridge Inn, and we were extremely pleased to hear that everyone had enjoyed it, despite the weather!

Some of the Show n Shine entrants

Some of the Show n Shine entrants

The last of the convoy arrived back at the showground at 7pm, just in time for the fantastic music line up – all up-and-coming local bands and all excellent! By this time our bar had also arrived, kindly provided by the Yorkshire Based Black Sheep Brewery, so we were all set up for the night’s entertainment. The evening went exceptionally well, with everyone drinking, dancing and singing along; the atmosphere was lovely.  Rob Newman of Dubtricks was roped into announcing the bands and was enjoying being on stage and warming up the crowds so much, that at one point we feared we would not be able to get the microphone back off him!  A good night was had by all with many people coming up to us saying what a fantastic time they were having, and asking if we would be doing it again next year. We went to bed happy in the knowledge that Day One had been a success, now we just had to get through Day Two!

We awoke nice and early again on the Sunday and grabbed a bacon and egg butty from our food trader who had been up cooking bacon since 7am! The night had passed by very peacefully with all going quiet at around 2:30am and no disturbances from any of the campers – we were very impressed!  Sunday was the big day and we had no idea just how fantastic it was going to be!

We told people to have their dubs polished and in the Show & Shine area by midday, but some were so keen that they were parked up and ready before 10am! A steady stream of day visitors flowed through the gates all day, and the show and shine field quickly filled up. As you can see from the pictures we had the campervans lined up on one side, then Beetles along the top end and then water-cooled along the other side.  We were astounded by not only the turnout but also by the quality of the vehicles that had entered and we had a feeling that the fabulous turnout might be in part due to the generous prizes offered by Show & Shine sponsors, Swissvax UK.  I knew at this point how pleased I was not to be involved in the judging – it would have been far too difficult! Luckily we had already decided that it would be inappropriate for myself or anyone from Dubtricks to be involved in the judging as we wanted our own customers and club members to be able to enter, so for judges we recruited Stuart and Myles from Swissvax UK, who were judging on the quality of paintwork and detailing and also Elderspook from Airkooled Kustoms, all the way across the pond in the USA – who was judging via the internet. This added an extra element of work for Kevin and I because we were busy posting photos of each vehicle from all different angles and answering questions posed by Eric (AKA ElderSpook) about the vehicles and owners and what work had been done on each.  Between Swissvax UK and Airkooled Kustoms the winners were finally decided, although it was a very tough decision.

More from the show n shine at Dubs in't Dales

Stunning!!

The sun shone on Sunday, and the chilled out, happy atmosphere was added to when my husband Kevin Bedward came up with the idea of setting up a PA system with music and announcements throughout the day about what was happening and what the traders were doing. His laid back Jamaican accent was perfect for the job and I think Kevin is now thinking of a career change having been bombarded by compliments on his microphone voice – so, listen out for Kevin Bedward DJ coming to a radio station near you soon!

At 3pm, just as some dark clouds were starting to gather over the showground, we announced the very happy show and shine winners, who each received a lovely Dubs in’t Dales glass trophy and some fantastic car cleaning products from the excellent Swissvax UK!

By 4pm the showground was almost empty and it was time to clear up. The members of York Classic VWs were very kind and stayed behind to help us collect all the rubbish bags together from the camping area, whilst Dubtricks customers helped to tidy the show area. I have to say however, how impressed I was with the tidiness of our campers, who all left their rubbish neatly tied up in bin bags. I would like to say not only a massive thank your to my club members and Dubtricks customers for helping but also to all those who camped for being so tidy and respectful of the showground!

York Classic VWs Owners club watercooled runner up

One of our club members won a trophy for one of the best watercooled!

As we put away the last of the rubbish bags, the rain started with a vengeance, but for the first time in many weeks, we could not have cared less what the weather did! The show had been a success and everyone was safely and happily driving home. The weather could now do whatever it liked!

Tidying done, Kevin and I returned to the pub in Pateley Bridge with Jez and Lou of Dubtricks and Neil and Gaby of Litesteer for that post-show drink we had promised ourselves. Exhausted but happy, we all agreed that the show had been a resounding success. ‘We did it!’ was the first toast we raised…closely followed by ‘Here’s to Dubs In’t Dales 2013!’

After so much positive feedback and so many requests over the course of the weekend, there was no doubt in our minds that we would do it again next year. We started planning there and then, but we knew that with a whole year to plan and advertise, that our next show would be much bigger and better!

I would like to again say a massive thank you to all who came – both traders, campers and day visitor – we have had some amazing feedback from people and we are so glad you all had such a great time! We look forward to seeing you all again at Dubs In’t Dales 2013.

Dubfreeze 2012 Show Report

Some may say we’re totally crazy, others know and understand our obsession. Yes, it was the middle of February and extremely cold but that was not going to stop us heading down for a night of camping in order to be on site ready for the first Veedub show of the year.

We Met a couple of club members in York and set off just after 12:30 – all very excited and very much looking forward to this – marking the start of the 2012 VW events season. Our first stop was Woodall services just over an hours drive from York, here we met up with some of the Sheffield Owners club and some of the Doncaster club as well as some of the RULE (R U Low Enough) Club. From there we convoyed the rest of the way down to Staffordshire Showground.

We arrived at the Showground at around 4pm and found our York Classic VWs Club camping area – a couple of our members had arrived before us as they had been in the area the night before. We set up our tent in the freezing cold – although I have to say putting the tent up and the excitement must have kept us warm as we didn’t notice how cold it was after a while. Once the tent was up it was time for a coffee in the tent with the heater on. We then all had a bar-b-que and sat around and chatted dubs for a few hours, then decided it was getting a little cold so thought we should head of to the bar where it may be a little warmer. The walk over to the bar, although only a few minutes, was absolutely freezing so the warmth on arriveing was very welcome. We stayed in the bar and chatted to fellow Veedubbers for a few hours. We then headed back to the cold, cold tent. Heater on and coffee made it was time to try and get some sleep. We managed to stay warm enough to get some sleep which was great – with the help of a heater and a great big duvet! The next morning we were all up nice and early – part of this due to the cold and partly because we were all very excited about the show. Coffee and bacon on the bar-b and then ready to head over to the show – thankfully this show is an indoor one. We had woken in the morning to snow on the ground (it did disappear pretty quickly though as the sun was shining).

The show The show didn’t open til 9am so until then we decided we should have a wonder round and look at some of the lovely VWs around, and there were some real beauties. At about 9:30 we decided that the queue would have gone down enough so to the show we went. First stop was up to Dogs N Dubs up on the balcony to take them a much needed bacon butty.

The show was absolutely jam packed – obviously a very popular show, I think the majority of people drove to Stafford on the day (not too many people around mad enough to camp in this cold weather!). It was very difficult at first to get anywhere – so busy. We had a good wander around the show and shine area – some absolutely gorgeous dubs in there, I would have found it very difficult to pick a winner. If you are looking to buy anything VW related whether parts of accessories or clothing this is definitely a show to visit. We saw some fantastic cars and vans for sale – if only we’d had some cash on us (actually, probably a good thing we didn’t as there may have been a good few veedubs heading back to York with us! There was an amazing number of parts for sale including panels etc. All in all a very good show – although I do think they maybe need a bigger venue.
To get a real idea of the show please visit our facebook page: and have a good look through the photo album for Dubfreeze 2012, I have only added a small sample of the photos on here.

Concept Camper – what are your thoughts?

Written by Kate McCarthy Bedward of York Classic VWs  <<<click here to visit website

So we have all seen lots of concept cars, many of which never actually get seen on the road. Parts of the ideas are taken and used on cars that we do see driving around, so concept cars do have a purpose when it comes to actual cars – they are all the ideas of the designers thrown into a vehicle, they then look at all the ideas and decide which ones could actually be implemented.

Below we have a concept VW Campervan – what do you think the chances are of any or some of these ideas reaching our streets.  Which ideas do you see that you really like and would love to have in a camper?  Which do you think are possible now and which do you think may be a little far-fetched for now?

Personally I think there are some fantastic ideas in there and I would love to see something like this for sale – either made by VW as a new campervan or by a restoration specailist as one big project.

Please comment below and tell us what you think….on to the video.


Aircooled Engine sizes – how can you tell?

Author: Kate McCarthy Bedward of  York Classic VWs

Today I had a question, which was answered by Jez Dyke of Dubtricks (VW restoration experts) in Harrogate.  I wanted to know if there was a way to tell what size aircooled engine you have by looking at it.  Basically, unless it has been modified you can tell by looking at the code that is on the engine – just under the alternator.  There will be a letter followed by some digits.  Our 1969 VW Beetle has a D and then some numbers, I was told that a D meant it was a 1200 engine – which is what we had been told it was when we bought it.  Below I have done a table so you can check your own.

Anybody please feel free to comment if you have anything to add to this…

Code Size Model Year Notes
A 1200

Type 1

up to 7/65

(1192cc 30hp)

B

1600

Type 2

8/67 – 7/70

Type 1

8/68 – 7/70

(USA)

C

1600

Type 2

8/67 – 7/70

(M240)

D

1200

Type 2

from 5/59

(1192cc 34hp)

Type 1

from 8/65

(1192cc 34hp)

E

1300

Type 1

8/65 – 7/70

F

1300

Type 1

8/65 – 7/70

G

1500

Type 2

up to 7/65

H

1500

Type 2

8/65 – 7/68

Type 1

8/65 – 7/70

Type 181

8/69 – 2/71

K

1500

Type 3

8/65 – 10/73

L

1500

Type 2

from 11/65

Type 1

8/66 – 7/70

(M240)

M

1500

Type 3

8/65 – 7/73

N

1500

Type 3

8/65 – 7/73

(M240)

P

1600

Type 3

8/65 – 7/73

(M240)

R

1500

Type 3

8/63 – 7/65

(1500S)

T

1600

Type 3

8/65 – 7/73

U

1600

Type 3

from 8/65

(fuel injection)

UO

1600

Type 3

8/67 – 7/73

AB

1300

Type 1

8/70 – 7/73

AC

1300

Type 1

8/70 – 7/75

(M240)

AD

1600

Type 1

8/70 – 7/73

Type 2

8/70 – 7/73

AE

1600

Type 1

8/70 – 7/71

(USA)

AF

1600

Type 1

8/70 – 1/80

(M240)

Type 2

8/70 – 7/79

(M240)

Type 181

1/74 – 1/82

(M240)

AG

1600

Type 181

8/70 – 7/76

AH

1600

Type 1

8/71 – 1/76

(USA)

AJ

1600

Type 1

8/74 – 12/80

(USA & Japan fuel injection)

AK

1600

Type 1

8/72 – 7/73

(USA)

AL

1600

Type 181

3/73 – 7/79

AR

1300

Type 1

8/73 – 7/75

AS

1600

Type 1

8/73 – 7/80

Type 2

8/73 – 7/79