Annual SA Volksfest hosts Wolfsburg’s finest

By: Dave Carey, Unique Cars magazine

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02 Elder Park is both picturesque and central for getting one s Bug on Picturesque Elder Park is central for getting one's bug on. 02 Elder Park is both picturesque and central for getting one s Bug on
03 Loved the wheel to stance ratio on this one and that Esky Loved the wheel to stance ratio on this one and that Esky 03 Loved the wheel to stance ratio on this one and that Esky
04 Street Machine photographer Cam became lost and snapped wrong show Street Machine photographer Cam became lost and snapped wrong show 04 Street Machine photographer Cam became lost and snapped wrong show
05 Taylor Andrews wanted Ronal Teddies so badly his mates set up a crowdfunder result instant Ronal Teddies Taylor Andrews wanted Ronal Teddies so badly his mates set up a crowdfunder result instant Ronal Teddies 05 Taylor Andrews wanted Ronal Teddies so badly his mates set up a crowdfunder result instant Ronal Teddies
06 Taylor s blue Mark 1 Golf is pretty clean inside Taylor s blue Mark 1 Golf is pretty clean inside 06 Taylor s blue Mark 1 Golf is pretty clean inside
07 One of Giugiaro s most popular and eduring shapes plus Ronal Teddies One of Giugiaro s most popular and eduring shapes plus Ronal Teddies 07 One of Giugiaro s most popular and eduring shapes plus Ronal Teddies
11 It was pretty special to see a Type 166 Schwimmwagen in Adelaide It was pretty special to see a Type 166 Schwimmwagen in Adelaide 11 It was pretty special to see a Type 166 Schwimmwagen in Adelaide
12 If it had been fully restored it would be worth well over 100k and perfect fodder for leaving the show via the Torrens If it had been fully restored it would be worth well over 100k and perfect fodder for leaving the show via the Torrens 12 If it had been fully restored it would be worth well over 100k and perfect fodder for leaving the show via the Torrens
13 Volkswagens are incredibly reliable and owners seldom pack spares we asked everyone visible for radiator fluid but nobody was car Volkswagens are incredibly reliable and owners seldom pack spares we asked everyone visible for radiator fluid but nobody was car 13 Volkswagens are incredibly reliable and owners seldom pack spares we asked everyone visible for radiator fluid but nobody was car
15 This Type 3 had beaut wheels and cool period driving lights This Type 3 had beaut wheels and cool period driving lights 15 This Type 3 had beaut wheels and cool period driving lights
16 Chrome rear wheel drive and Weldies who says these aren t street machines Chrome rear wheel drive and Weldies who says these aren't street machines 16 Chrome rear wheel drive and Weldies who says these aren t street machines
18 This split window Kombi wasn t just Kombi straight it was straight straight This split window Kombi wasn t just Kombi straight it was straight straight 18 This split window Kombi wasn t just Kombi straight it was straight straight
19 Early bay window low light camper was ultra stanced Early bay window low light camper was ultra stanced 19 Early bay window low light camper was ultra stanced
20 Amazingly Kombis are one of those cars that look perfect both restored or ratty Amazingly Kombis are one of those cars that look perfect both restored or ratty 20 Amazingly Kombis are one of those cars that look perfect both restored or ratty
22 Nice vintage style signwriting on this splitty ute Nice vintage style signwriting on this splitty ute 22 Nice vintage style signwriting on this splitty ute
24 This 23 window Samba is super rare mostly unrestored and is verified as being the oldest RHD late body post barndoor 23 window in ex This 23 window Samba is super rare mostly unrestored and is verified as being the oldest RHD late body post barndoor 23 window in existence. 24 This 23 window Samba is super rare mostly unrestored and is verified as being the oldest RHD late body post barndoor 23 window in ex
26 Later in the day when the other VWs thinned out Kombi camper owners simply boiled the kettle and kept on 26 Later in the day when the other VWs thinned out Kombi camper owners simply boiled the kettle and kept on
28 This picture taken in 1975 would have been in a carvan park not a car show This picture taken in 1975 would have been in a caravan park not a car show 28 This picture taken in 1975 would have been in a carvan park not a car show
29 Mein Campt was deemed culturally insensitive Mein Campt was deemed culturally insensitive 29 Mein Campt was deemed culturally insensitive
30 This proper hippy throwback gained plenty of attention This proper hippy throwback gained plenty of attention 30 This proper hippy throwback gained plenty of attention
31 The beautiful and subtly nuanced nose of the populous VW Beelte how can 21 million people be wrong The beautiful and subtly nuanced nose of the populous VW Beetle how can 21 million people be wrong 31 The beautiful and subtly nuanced nose of the populous VW Beelte how can 21 million people be wrong
32 This 1976 Beetle was imported from Mexico by the owner where his Mum was the first and only owner This 1976 Beetle was imported from Mexico by the owner where his Mum was the first and only owner 32 This 1976 Beetle was imported from Mexico by the owner where his Mum was the first and only owner
33 Mexican Beetle looks similar to ours aside from LHD and Mexican blankets of course Mexican Beetle looks similar to ours aside from LHD and Mexican blankets of course 33 Mexican Beetle looks similar to ours aside from LHD and Mexican blankets of course
37 Survivor spec sitting nice on some Porsche rims Survivor spec sitting nice on some Porsche rims 37 Survivor spec sitting nice on some Porsche rims
38 This candy red Oval looks really nice on Porsche 914 alloys 38 This candy red Oval looks really nice on Porsche 914 alloys
39 Rollback sunroof and period alloys awesome Rollback sunroof and period alloys - awesome 39 Rollback sunroof and period alloys awesome
40 The 90s are calling they want their graphics back great to see some old school mods still looking fresh The 90s are calling they want their graphics back - great to see some old school mods still looking fresh 40 The 90s are calling they want their graphics back great to see some old school mods still looking fresh
42 Tidy engine bay in a Karmann Ghia Tidy engine bay in a Karmann Ghia 42 Tidy engine bay in a Karmann Ghia
44 The Karmann Ghia is VW s most beautiful shape surely The Karmann Ghia is surely VW's most beautiful shape 44 The Karmann Ghia is VW s most beautiful shape surely
45 More beautiful Karmann Ghias More beautiful Karmann Ghias 45 More beautiful Karmann Ghias
47a We didn t speak to the owner of this buggy but it was certainly different This buggy was certainly different. 47a We didn t speak to the owner of this buggy but it was certainly different
48 Porsche 356 kit car with a bunch of beautiful Karmann Ghias Porsche 356 kit car with a bunch of beautiful Karmann Ghias 48 Porsche 356 kit car with a bunch of beautiful Karmann Ghias
51 The Purvis Eureka is spectacular in so many ways The Purvis Eureka is spectacular in so many ways 51 The Purvis Eureka is spectacular in so many ways
54 This part of Elder Park housed the freaks and geeks and they wouldn t have it any other way This part of Elder Park housed the freaks and geeks and they wouldn't have it any other way 54 This part of Elder Park housed the freaks and geeks and they wouldn t have it any other way
57 Hills Radio Type 197 Country Buggy looked vintage but the radio station has only been running since 2014 Hills Radio Type 197 Country Buggy looked vintage but the radio station has only been running since 2014 57 Hills Radio Type 197 Country Buggy looked vintage but the radio station has only been running since 2014
58 This Type 148 Caddy was a bit of a mystery it may have come in through South Africa This Type 148 Caddy was a bit of a mystery - it may have come in through South Africa 58 This Type 148 Caddy was a bit of a mystery it may have come in through South Africa
60 The VW Caddy was a Mark 1 Golf ute we re Aussies why were they never sold here The Caddy was never sold here. 60 The VW Caddy was a Mark 1 Golf ute we re Aussies why were they never sold here
63 The VW driveline is so versatile The VW driveline is so versatile 63 The VW driveline is so versatile
74 Survivor spec with battle scars to prove it 74 Survivor spec with battle scars to prove it 74 Survivor spec with battle scars to prove it
75 Loving the vintage gear on the roof Loving the vintage gear on the roof 75 Loving the vintage gear on the roof
78 This Oval was heavily modified and exceptionally smooth This Oval was heavily modified and exceptionally smooth 78 This Oval was heavily modified and exceptionally smooth
79 Late bug with the elephant foot tail lights nice and tidy in a quinessential 70s colour Late bug with the elephant foot tail lights is nice and tidy in a quinessential 70s colour 79 Late bug with the elephant foot tail lights nice and tidy in a quinessential 70s colour
80 That fan shroud is so shiny it looks like a hole That fan shroud is so shiny it looks like a hole 80 That fan shroud is so shiny it looks like a hole
52 What a cool car although optional aircon would be handy What a cool car although optional aircon would be handy 52 What a cool car although optional aircon would be handy
53 Pink Purvis hid some tiny details Pink Purvis hid some tiny details 53 Pink Purvis hid some tiny details
82 Perfect setup Kombis deck chairs chill view Perfect setup: Kombis, deck chairs, chill view. 82 Perfect setup Kombis deck chairs chill view

Hot dubs, sublime machines

Elder Park, nestled between the Festival Centre and impressive new Adelaide Oval on the banks of the River Torrens and is a beautiful part of Adelaide. But come November, the real spectacle is on the grass at the Volks Enthusiasts Club of SA's annual Volksfest.

To the untrained eye, a tiny portion of Wolfsburg's 21 million Peoples Car parking together might seem a bit repetitive but, like a snowflake, no two are the same!

Add to the Beetle brigade a massive dose of Kombis, a flotilla of Karmann Ghias, a bunch of buggies plus the water-cooled contingent and you've got a great show.

One of the appeals of the VW range is just how versatile their cars are; restored, survivor, modified; any of these genres suit VWs perfectly. A big-dollar resto is fine, but a slammed, rat-spec survivor grabs just as much attention and is just as cool in our book.

Case in point is Colin's Samba bus; far from immaculate and rescued from a wrecking yard, it sports the paint that was applied in 1955. Slammed on period BRM alloys, it is verified as the oldest right-hook, post-barndoor Samba in the world.

Another great survivor parked on the grass is Ricardo's spotless 1976 Beetle. Like Ricardo, it was built in Mexico and was owned by his Mum since new. Recently imported, it remains LHD and is usually displayed with a culturally sensitive sombrero on the roof!

Out in water-cooled world, Taylor Andrews' minty blue Mark 1 Golf rides on Ronal Teddy alloy wheels, specced-up with googly eyes! Another highlight yes, but for us the Schwimmwagen took the cake.

Not yet in running order, we did imagine ourselves leaving the show via the Torrens, putting past stunned picnickers and paddle boaters. A man can dream!

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