It’s that time of year again when the sun comes out and we all load up the cars and go camping. But this time, instead of just wasting time in the tent and playing cards there was plenty to keep everyone entertained at the 2013 Devon Dub Fest show at Bicton College.
That’s enough of the build up. I went along to the the first Devon Dub Fest a couple years ago at Crealy just outside of Exeter and thoroughly enjoyed the laid-back mood and the great air cooled VWs on show. The show is now in it’s 3rd year and just keeps on getting bigger and better. This year, like last, the show was based in Bicton College and made the most of the beautiful old college building for the main show and the surrounding fields for the trade stands and camping.
As you would expect from most air cooled shows, the atmosphere was very laid-back and family friendly, with many people bringing there little ones and their dogs down for the day or weekend to enjoy the amazing weather we have been having recently.
This year I went to the show to help a friend on a stall for custom automotive furniture called The Junk Shop. this was the first time I have been in a show trading and seeing how the number of people there grows and shrinks over the weekend. Overall, the weekend was a success, even though the rain drove people into the beer tent a little early on the Saturday. But there were a lot of people making some interested noises for Dan’s furniture and even some sales. Here is how Dan felt with the sun out,
After helping out for the Friday and Saturday, I found some time on the Sunday to have a look at the show and shine cars up near the college itself. Luckily the sun decided to come out and bless some beautiful cars with good weather so they could be properly showed off.
The quality of air cooled VW at the show was amazingly high. Some amazing Beetle’s, Bay and Split window campers, and even some more rare air cooled motors like the Karmann Ghia and some Type 3’s. With the amazing backdrop of the old college building in the background, you can’t help but think that it was a perfect location to show some of the countries best old school (pun intended) VWs.
As well as the air cooled VWs, there was a range of T4/5 van on show. The variety of van at the show was amazing, with many vans including amazing personal touches and some stunning attention to detail, making some amazingly functional but wonderful to look at campers.
Carrying on with the newer watercooled cars, there were a number of Golfs, Jettas etc. at the show ‘repping’ for the watercooled VW scene. Though much smaller in number, the quality of the cars was amazing, with some stand out cars really impressing the crowds. You could tell that the Devon Dub Fest was an air cooled event mainly, but it was great to see some quality water cooled cars there too this year. Lets hope we can get even more next year.
If anyone has any more info on any of the spec of the cars above please comment below. My air cooled knowledge is pretty poor and I am sure people will want to know more.