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VW Heritage 25th Birthday Celebrations

July 28th, 2011

The morning after the night before was a little surreal today, waking up convinced it was a Sunday, but the alarm clock clearly indicated it was just Thursday - Egh???
Were we not at a large scale VW show less than 12hours previously? Well, yes and no!

Yesterday was a ‘workday’ Wednesday, and after a full days graft we hit the road on towards our friends at VW Heritage, who just happened to be celebrating their 25th birthday by organising a cruise from their HQ to the hallowed grounds of Brands Hatch for an evening ‘meet’.

A brief stop at the Clacket Lane Services saw the convoy grow, to what must have been triple numbers of VW’s, both watercooled and aircooled, which then snaked towards the Hatch. There were long tailbacks at every junction leading in to the venue, not because of the rush hour (that finished well over an hour previously) not because of roadworks, not because of broken down retro-chic, but entirely due to the sheer volume of VW’s that had turned out for the evenings festivities. We had to double-take and pinch ourselves as this looked more like the procession into a weekender festival, rather than a Wednesday evening meet!

Line after line of vintage, retro, race and modern machinery filled every available space, with multiple paddock areas and spaces continually being opened to meet the demand - the stewards were blown away, as there were more people in attendance than at the Formula 2 Racing the previous weekend!

The birthday celebrations started with a ‘party bag’ from our hosts, VW Heritage, which also included a bespoke brewed birthday beer - a nice touch to get the party swinging - and a gourmet BBQ, which went down a treat. Altogether it was a brilliant night out… a night out that had all the atmosphere, energy and fun of a major weekend show… so I wonder, was I the only one that woke up on Thursday morning confused!



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