Volksfling 2020 cancelled due to covid-19.

We will try to bring you an idea of the event over the weekend. Please follow links as they become available over weekend

Welcome to Volksfling 2020 – the virtual show.

As many of you will be aware this is the 40th anniversary of our May bank holiday Scottish VW show. The show was started in 1980 by Jean and Jim Walkinshaw and was held at Doune Motor museum up until 1998.  It moved briefly to Blair Drummond Safari Park in 1999 when the motor museum was sold and closed, then to it’s current location in Biggar from 2000.  It became Volksfling in 2006 when Jean and Jim were ready to step down and we took over the reins.  The show has only been cancelled twice, once in 2001 as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak and now this year.  Jim is sadly no longer with us however Jean and family still attend the show every year and now enjoy the entertainment which they for so long provided for the rest of us.  Hopefully you will enjoy our virtual show and we look forward to welcoming you back next year when hopefully normal service will be resumed.We will be supplying links below over the weekend and will also be providing some of the content on Facebook

 

Virtual VOLKSFLING

Scotlands premier VW show

22nd-24th May 2020

Volksfling’s facebook page

SVWOF/Volksfling (40 years)

 

In 1980 Mike Challis a member of the Lothians VW Club came up with the idea of having a VW show in Scotland after having attended VW Action at Stoneleigh.  Along with a few members of the West of Scotland VW Club and members of the Lothians VW Club Jim and I became involved in the planning of the Scottish Volkswagen Show (SVWOF).

The show was aimed at all VW enthusiasts and their families to bring everyone together to share good times & create memories.   The venue was to be Doune Motor Museum near Stirling.

 

When Mike decided to return south of the border, Jim became manager of the show.  

 

The show has always been held in May and up to 1998 took place at the Doune Motor Museum, which was a perfect location for the event.  Unfortunately the closure of the Motor Museum forced us to look for another location and at the time it was thought that staying in the area that the show originated in would be a good idea so we moved to a field located at Blair Drummond Safari Park.  Unfortunately the weather was against us from the start with torrential rain for days and the drainage in the field not being adequate things quickly became rather muddy.   Although the committee continued to work hard over the weekend, pushing cars, relocating trade stands and campers the show was a wash out and to this day we refer to it as ‘Bogdrummond’. 

 

After Blair Drummond the committee decided that we had to find another location if the event was to go ahead again in 2000.   Jim and I along with other committee members started to look at other locations like Balado, Lathalmond, and Selkirk to name a few.  We then finally discovered Biggar which we felt had a similar feel to Doune and also had local amenities in close proximity. 

 

We ran the show for the first year at Biggar in 2000 and then unfortunately in 2001 had to make the difficult decision to cancel the event due to the Foot & Mouth outbreak.  After this we continued to run the show until 2005.

 

After being involved in the running of the show for 26 years we decided it was time to hang up the reins and to retire.   No one on the committee was prepared to continue with the running of the show, so we were happy when the Volksfling team were ready to step in and take this over. 

 

Throughout the years of running the show we met loads of people and over time became friends with many. 

 

To this day I & my family still attend the show but now enjoy the socialising side of things rather than the organising side of things.

 

During the weekend of Volksfling I can usually be found on the Forth Bridges VW Club stand where we would have the tombola set up - Sadly this year we are unable to do this due to the current circumstances the country is in.

We understand the impact this could have on the show & the Volksfling team.  So hope that everyone comes together and supports them both with their virtual show this year & Volksfling 2021.

 

Thanks & Stay Safe 

 

Jean Walkinshaw & Family

 

 

Friday  

 

1400 Gates Open to Public welcome from Ian

 

1400 Volksfling Bar opens in Marquee

 

Drumming session with Spence

 

Message from Wray

 

2130 Disco in Marquee

 

2300 gate closes no stereos or cars running, for once do what you want

 

2345 Volksfling Bar closes

 

Saturday

 

0800 Gates Open Information Centre opens in Marquee

 

Message from sharon

 

 0900 Traders open for business around Arena

 

Message from Geoff

 

 1000 Henna by Michelle

 

  1100 Show & Shine opens (judging ends 1500)

 

Roosters Cat

 

1300 Cooking demo with Trevor and Jayne

 

 1400 Children’s Entertainment in Marquee

 

1900 Broughton beer tasting with the team

 

 2000 Live Music in Marquee - “Busketeers”

 

2100 Disco in marquee with Stirling Radio

2200 Disco in marquee with Stirling Radio

 2345 Bar Closes – Keep the noise down please!

 

Midnight - Main Gate closes - Curfew for vehicle movement!

 

Sunday

 

0800 Gates Open

 

  Information Centre opens in Marquee

 

 0900 Traders open for business around Arena

 

 0930 Concours Display opens

 

Ross Hastie sign writing demo

 

 Various times Bubble workshops with Daffy Dill in Marquee (Zoom)

please book a slot as they are limited follow this link and messade Daffy

 

1530 Prize Giving Facebook live

 

Merchandise

Merchandise

Please click on links in the schedule to find out more about the event or to take part

Volksfling  the early years

 

I was contacted by Willie Robertson the owner of Crail airfield asking if we were interested in holding an event there. I contacted the 4 clubs in Scotland at the time, Lothians VW Club, West of Scotland VW club, Bugnuts and North East VW Club. We met at Crail and came up with an idea. Gillian Evans is very proud of the name Volksfling, as it was her idea.

Plans were put in place and in 1995 Volksfling was born. A camping and drag racing VW event. We had a bar and a rock ceilidh band.  Concours, daily drivers. To us it was a great success, but not without its problems. Volksfling continued for 3 more years. Including one where I had a broken neck and was wearing a halo (not fun). But we did have a blast doing it. But due to difficulties with the land owner we decided to try and find a new venue, this was a lot of work and very little return. So in 2005 we heard Jim and Jean were looking to retire from running the Scottish VW owner’s festival we spoke and jumped at the chance.

 

 We did everything the first year ourselves as we had limited funds and I can say I would not do it again. But we had decided we wanted to have a different angle on the show. So we brought back the marquee and Bar. We now have 3 alcohol licence holders in the team. We brought back live entertainment. Year on year the show has grown. We had pretty much reached capacity, which are real thanks to the whole team.  

 

This year we had to make the hard decision to cancel the show, this could have put us in a really bad place but thankfully most of you have agreed to let your tickets roll over to next year.  We will send out new tickets at some point later in year.

 

We have also decided to try and bring you a bit of the spirit of the event. Please follow links to see the different parts; we will be using both the website and Facebook to bring you these events. Everything from show’n’shine, concours, cooking in camper, live music, disco, scavenger hunt, storytelling, beer tasting. Enjoy and stay safe

   Ian Evans

 

2013 COCO does Volksfling

click on pic below

Traders.Bar.Show'n'shine.Concours.Kids Corner.Cooking Demo.Merchandise.