If there’s one area of the scene that Garage Awesome have so far tended to miss out on or not bring you much coverage of so far it has to be that of the Volkswagen and general VAG scene, unsurprising really considering the 3 of us all drive Japanese cars and usually the popular German smoothed look has tended not to suit our particular interests.
However, as Garage Awesome progresses and as the feedback we received from reports such as Vanfest shows that you guys actually have an interest in what’s going on in the German/Euro scene, we think it’s about time we made sure that we can give you access to exactly what’s happening throughout the year of Dub!
With that in mind, we set about checking the VAG calendars, forums and specialist websites only to discover that there is pretty much a show, event or activity involving the VAG group almost every weekend, making our task of bringing you coverage that little bit easier! The only problem we have now is that the 3 of us only have a passing interest in what’s happening, so we needed a secret weapon…
That secret weapon goes by the name of Robbie, Garage Awesome’s very own VW enthusiast, tattoo addict and general top dude who, when we asked if he would mind covering the first big event on the ‘VeeDub’ calendar – DubFreeze, he was not only more than willing, but already had his ticket and hotel sorted!
DubFreezeis held at Bingley Hall in Staffordshire, it’s billed as a ‘Classic and Modern VW Event’, a title which aptly sums it up, but it also includes a show and shine, autojumble, charity raffle, camping, vehicles for sale, competitions and a wide variety of trade and club stands too.
With a lot of the older VWs becoming rarer and more expensiveto source, the middle of February is still a little early for most of the top Busses, Bugs and Golfs to appear from their winter hiding and restoration sessions, but with the quality of the cars filling both the Show and Shineevent halls, through to the Club stands and even car park you wouldn’t think it was still winter! Not only that, the amount of vistitors that made the trip was astounding, with Rob often getting frustrated as he tried to snap some of the cars!
The vehicles Robshowed us covered the entire range from war-era Beetles and 60s Busses right through to modern still in the showroom VWs including the Golf, Passat and stylish, new Scirocco. The Transporter will always go down as a favourite of mine, there is something so cool about the early split and bay window camper vans, an opinion that is shared but almost everyone (excluding my Garage Awesome colleagues that is!) and some van-tastic examples showed up as to not disappoint.
So, it’s a short but sweet peek into the VAG world from Garage Awesome, but plans are afoot to head to Ultimate Dubs in March, where we’re really expecting the standard to be so high it will convert even 3 hardened non-Dubbers into appreciative fans of what these guys are doing!
Pic Credits – Robbie G