VW Nationals 2013

2013 VW Nationals

Well, another VW Nationals has come and gone – the 26th in fact. The VW fraternity just keeps on growing with new devotees every year attending their first VW Nationals.


The VW Nationals wouldn’t happen without a dedicated group of helpers. Things were looking a bit light for officials at the Supersprint, but Norm Robertson had the bright idea of asking for help via our members email list, and as result we had some new helpers on the day who were very much appreciated.

Chris did a wonderful job with all the paperwork leading up to the event and as result Saturday morning was not as hectic as previous years, which was also helped by our dedicated group of volunteers that handled all the paper work on Saturday before the racing could start.

So then on back to Fairfield where some of the same volunteers along with a fresh group helped set up the Showground ready for the Show n Shine the next day. Speaking of volunteers one of our ever ready volunteers is not travelling too well at the moment, please spare a thought for Brian Walker. Brian if you’re reading this, I can’t believe over the course of the Nationals how many times somebody said “Brian usually did that.” We miss you, so get well soon whiskers, what will the elves do this Christmas without your help?

The Show n Shine was a great success. I enjoyed the trader stands and the swap meet, and the number of beautiful VWs, old and new, was amazing. Thank you to Raymond and Grace and all their helpers for manning the VW Club stand and shop all day. Christine also did a great job with the raffle, as always. Planning is now underway for the 27th VW Nationals next year. If you have any suggestions, or want to help us out in any way, don’t be shy! Come along to a meeting, or drop us an email.

Competition for the peer-judged trophies was as keen as ever. You can go to the website to see photos of the winning VWs in each of the categories – click on the VW Nationals tag, select VW Nationals 2013, then 2013 Show and Shine Results. Thanks to Bill for taking all the forms and talking to hundreds of owners over the day; to Bob and Vlad for all their tabulating work on the computers, and to Aaron, Phil and Lily for putting the photos and presentation together. My son David wasn’t able to help out this year.

Interestingly, while the number of competing Beetles, Kombis and Golfs was higher than ever, we didn’t get any entrants for several of the categories.

We didn’t have any New Beetles, VW SUVs (which means Tiguans, Touaregs or Amaroks), any SEATs or any VW-powered Trikes. If you drive any of these, please bring it along next year – you could easily pick up a trophy!

See you soon,

Steve Carter