Looking back at the calendar I missed out on a trip to Harewood House last year because we were at the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia (poor old me), so this August it was great to take advantage of one of the few sunny Sunday afternoons of the summer and jump in the bug and head up the A61 for VW Festival 2017.

Previous years have seen the water cooled stuff feature more prominently but this year there definitely seemed to be a greater number of aircooled cars on show. One thing that doesn’t change is the ridiculously high standard of some of the cars. The top 3 aircooled cars – in particular the gorgeous black oval that took top spot – were stunning.

This year the lads at the Herbie Hospital took a year off from building the raffle prize beetle but that didn’t stop over 20 grand’s worth of tickets being sold for the Herbie-alike that the chaps at Slambassador had put together. Obviously I didn’t win – not that I’m exactly short of old Volkswagens……..

Talking of the Herbie Hospital, the flame bug at the top of the post belongs to Johnnie and up until earlier this year hadn’t seen the light of day since 1996. If I’m not mistaken it won the People’s Choice award on the Saturday!

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