There were plenty of happy campers at Harewood House this weekend – both the four-wheeled and two-footed varieties.
The grounds of the Leeds stately home played host to the VW Festival, a celebration of all things Volkswagen.
A sea of Beetles and camper vans covered the fields outside the mansion, with hundreds of other classic cars from across the VW range ensuring a bumper automotive feast for fans.
A special display on Saturday showcased cars in this year’s theme colours of red, white, blue and black, The showpiece Show and Shine competition on Sunday, meanwhile, saw cars compete for prizes in various categories, with a classic ‘westy’ VW camper named among the big winners.
The crowds clearly loved it, with several thousand people flocking through the gates.
One enthusiast from Harrogate, who owns four Volkswagens including two ‘split screen’ campers and a 1970s Beetle or ‘bug’, said: “The VW festival scene is just a fantastic scene, it’s a real community. We love this festival. It’s getting bigger and better and it’s a fantastic setting. It’s one of the best festivals.”
Asked what made the VW scene so appealing, he joked: “It’s not just about the cars. Well, it is – but then we’ve got four!”
Another enthusiast, Joe Riley, from Leeds, said VW festivals are “like a way of life” for fans, the automotive equivalent of music festivals. He said he loves his own black VW Beetle, even though “it’s a bit battered”.
His pal Neil Wright added: “We’ve had a lovely time because we have hung out with friends. It’s a good atmosphere.
“We go to a lot of VW festivals nationally, and there’s lots in Europe,” he added.
“We are planning to go to an event in Belgium where they just shut the town for the day and only air cooled VWs like camper vans and Beetles are allowed in!”