Cars & Motorcycles

VolksWorld October 2019

VolksWorld is Britain's best-selling magazine dedicated to the whole air-cooled VW scene and a must-buy for all fans of the legendary vehicles, particularly the iconic Beetle. VolksWorld takes pride in going to extraordinary lengths to bring its readers the most outstanding and fascinating features packed full of the very best photography and information that cannot be found anywhere else.

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome to the mag

I love facts and figures, especially when they concern my favourite hobby. Apparently, there’s 1,241,863 historic vehicles registered with the DVLA and the numbers are growing year on year. In fact, historic registrations have gone up by 19 per cent since 2016. Moreover, a recent survey found that 9.8 million people, or 19 per cent of the adult British population, were interested in older cars – be it owning, reading about them or going to car shows. Reportedly one in ten British adults wants to own a classic and, encouragingly, it’s been found that the level of interest in owning a historic vehicle is strongest among younger adults. I was particularly interested in how much we spend on our passion. The same survey suggested that we fork out £1,489 on…

1 min.
get them in the diary

August Gathering off the Hill Date: 23-26 Aug 2019 Location: Astle Park, Chelford SK11 9AD Contact: @Goth 2019 on Facebook Camper Calling Date: 23-26 Aug 2019 Location: Ragley Hall, Warks Contact: @campercalling VW Fab Festival Date: 23-25 Aug 2019 Location: Strumpshaw Steam Museum, Norfolk Contact: @vwfabfestival2014 Field of Dreams Date: 30 Aug/01 Sept 2019 Location: Escrick Park Estate, York Y019 6EA Contact: www.classicvolks.com September Wolfsburg Bus Crew 4th Birthday Bash Date: 1 Sept 2019 Location: Ace Cafe, Stonebridge, London NW10 7UD Contact: wolfsburgbuscrew.uk Busfest Date: 6-8 Sept 2019 Location: Three Counties Showground, Malvern Contact: www.busfest.org Grill-n-Chill Date: 13-15 Sept 2019 Location: The Hop Farm, Kent Contact: grill-n-chill.co.uk October Brighton Breeze Date: 4-5 Oct 2019 Location: Brighton Contact: www.brightonbreeze.co.uk ONE NOT TO MISS! VW Action 30 Aug - 01 Sept 2019 The longest running weekend VW show in the world and now in its 43rd year, no less, VW Action has for a long time been the jewel in the crown of UK VW events. This year there will…

2 min.
new york says 'bye' to the beetle

In July, the very last Volkswagen to carry the Beetle nomenclature – albeit in very different guise to the air-cooled original – rolled off the firm's Pueblo production line. Despite its best efforts, which included giving it a more masculine appearance and dropping the name 'New' in 2012, a slide in sales meant VW had no option but to say goodbye to the Beetle. To mark the occasion, Volkswagen invited guests to a farewell event at the Museum of Modern Art in New York where a number of VIP hosts explained how the Beetle had evolved from humble people's car into a worldwide phenomenon. A highlight of the 'Bye Bye, Beetle' evening was a design talk with experts such as Klaus Bischoff (Volkswagen Head of Design), Prof. Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman (Pratt Institute)…

1 min.
your shout!

Beyond patina I was pleased to read about James Peene's love of early, big windowed VWs in his August staff sagas. My first one, purchased in 1960, was Gunyah Grey car and its memory has always lingered. Years later I was able to buy a 1960 model built in September 1959 (above). It was a bit like the '72 crossover Kombi just before indicators were introduced, having a dished steering wheel but retaining the semaphores like James's. I know James likes patina cars, but this one was beyond that and I ended up restoring it. Fortunately, in Australia we are able to register our cars on historic plates and are allowed 60 days driving additional to club days for a very minimum fee. I did all the work myself and it gives…

1 min.
heritage bus scoops award

The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed has been and sped past, but it wasn’t all new model launches, race cars and tyre smoke at this celebration of everything automotive. As part of the ‘Tea for Two’ Cartier Style-et-Luxe display, Heritage Parts Centre was invited to take along its 1956 Single Cab Split Screen Pick Up. And get this, after inspection by a panel of independent judges, the Heritage pickup truck, complete with traditional sign writing and original interior, was chosen as the favourite. Said the obviously delighted Heritage boss Barney Dines: “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to have a vehicle as part of this prestigious display in such esteemed company with Aston Martins, Abarths, Bugattis and De Tomasos all within a stone’s throw of our trusty shop truck. What’s…

1 min.
your shout!

Diamonds are forever! I've just spotted in September's issue that you are running an article this month about VWs in James Bond films. This is fantastic news. Last August I bought at auction the fabulous 1969 1500 Beetle you see here – specifically because it was the right car, in the right colour (Toga White) as featured in my favourite Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The car had been owned by just one family from new, is in great condition and has a genuine 57,000 miles on the clock. I took it to Stanford Hall this year and was thrilled to find a pair of retro Swedish skis on sale to help my Beetle look like the car in the Bond film. My plan is to take the Beetle to VW…