Stanford Hall is one of those epic VW shows that everyone raves about but we've somehow never got round to doing. So when our friends invited us to join them for the Sunday we were all over it.
Beetles were EVERYWHERE which was great because we were on the hunt for lots of parts for a customer's 1303. The stalls didn't disappoint, but by the end of the day we'd only managed to cross two things off the list and Matt had to stop me from blowing all the cash we'd brought with us on parts for my own beetle.
I talked to a few sellers getting rid of all the parts they'd gathered for their own beetle projects. They all had similar stories: conscientiously bought all the parts but never actually got round to doing the work.
I smiled and nodded politely whilst screaming inside this is what I must never become.
(Note to self: bring more cash next time. Other note to self: have more spare cash.)
There was EVEN MORE bugs in the Historic Display section outside the hall. I'm not complaining- walking round and admiring all the pretty, perfect cars gave me lots of stuff to think about for my own Beetle project.
I've always loved classic Beetles kept standard and original and was looking forward to transforming my shed of a 72 1200 bug back to it's former glory. But after seeing so, so, SO many of them at the show I think I'm ready to do something really crazy and custom with my own.
The auto jumble stalls were pretty good- there was a decent amount of them and not too many stalls selling new stuff, unless I just filtered them out (which is very possible because we walked round about 10 times and I noticed something else every time).
The vintage/second hand stuff seemed decently priced and I was happy to get everything we needed within budget. Although there were some massive exceptions to this-I saw a tiny little toy samba bus exactly the same as one I sold at DITD last year priced at £10!! (I sold it for £3, for perspective).
Despite my ranting about them, there was actually other cars besides Beetles at this show.
Here is a split screen parked under a gnarly old tree.
I liked it because it was blue.
Then there was this...thing. Part MK1 Golf Caddy part- caravan? I liked it very much.
Finally, dearest friends, when I die please do everything in your power to stop Matt from hiring this Beetle hearse.
Looking forward to next year!
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