December 13 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, August 18, 2013
If your pride and joy is a volkswagen, then the VW Whitenoise festival on the weekend was a dream come true.
Thousands of people descended on the Norfolk Showground in Costessey, near Norwich, to celebrate Volkswagens and live music.
Car enthusiasts were entertained by local bands and fairground rides, as hundreds of pristine, classic, modified and quirky Volkswagens went on display for the festival’s 11th year.
This year’s event was the biggest yet, with each VW owner proud of his vehicle’s history, and anxious to tell anyone who would listen about it.
One VW had a set of tables and chairs on its roof, and festival-goers arrived from across the UK to swap stories and show off their pride and joy.
Lucy Haughey, who organised the event with husband Neil, said: “We hit the 6,000 figure for camping again, and must have had 1500 day visitors. We had a new live stage this year and used the arena for the first time.
“Next year we want to go further in enticing people to visit Norfolk at the same time as coming to the festival.
“That’s the hardest part; getting people to Norfolk, because it’s not on the way to anywhere else.”
Ricky Gant, who helped the organisers, arrived in his own camper van, a split screen VW dating back to 1959.
He said: “Numbers are definitely up on last year. Everybody seemed to have a good time, and there was a good vibe.
“While most of the people were from Norfolk, we had some from Scotland and Cornwall, and there was even one man who brought his Chevvy truck from Texas.”
Vicki Burn, who worked at the festival across the weekend, and is a friend of the Haughey’s, said: “What struck me most was the range and imagination of the VWs. It’s unbelievable what people do to their vehicles, and the passion they have for them. And this passion seems to be instilled in everyone from toddlers to grandparents. I don’t know of any other vehicles with such appeal.
“It also struck me what a family-oriented affair it was. There are things for everyone to do here.”
The 2013 line-up included more than 30 bands with Killamonjambo, Solko, The Piratones, Lee Vann, The Tracks and Dumbfoundus on the bill. The event also included a funk roller disco and a VIP camping area for ‘glampers’.
The main show was sponsored by the Vindis Group and zone sponsors were Wilco Direct and Alan Boswell Insurance Brokers.