Annual SA Volksfest hosts Wolfsburg’s finest
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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