We will try to bring you an idea of the event over the weekend. Please follow links
as they become available over weekend
Welcome to Volksfling 2020 – the virtual show.
As many of you will be aware this is the 40th anniversary of our May bank holiday
Scottish VW show. The show was started in 1980 by Jean and Jim Walkinshaw and was
held at Doune Motor museum up until 1998. It moved briefly to Blair Drummond Safari
Park in 1999 when the motor museum was sold and closed, then to it’s current location
in Biggar from 2000. It became Volksfling in 2006 when Jean and Jim were ready to
step down and we took over the reins. The show has only been cancelled twice, once
in 2001 as a result of the foot and mouth outbreak and now this year. Jim is sadly
no longer with us however Jean and family still attend the show every year and now
enjoy the entertainment which they for so long provided for the rest of us. Hopefully
you will enjoy our virtual show and we look forward to welcoming you back next year
when hopefully normal service will be resumed.We will be supplying links below over
the weekend and will also be providing some of the content on Facebook
In 1980 Mike Challis a member of the Lothians VW Club came up with the idea of having
a VW show in Scotland after having attended VW Action at Stoneleigh. Along with
a few members of the West of Scotland VW Club and members of the Lothians VW Club
Jim and I became involved in the planning of the Scottish Volkswagen Show (SVWOF).
The show was aimed at all VW enthusiasts and their families to bring everyone together
to share good times & create memories. The venue was to be Doune Motor Museum near
When Mike decided to return south of the border, Jim became manager of the show.
The show has always been held in May and up to 1998 took place at the Doune Motor
Museum, which was a perfect location for the event. Unfortunately the closure of
the Motor Museum forced us to look for another location and at the time it was thought
that staying in the area that the show originated in would be a good idea so we moved
to a field located at Blair Drummond Safari Park. Unfortunately the weather was
against us from the start with torrential rain for days and the drainage in the field
not being adequate things quickly became rather muddy. Although the committee continued
to work hard over the weekend, pushing cars, relocating trade stands and campers
the show was a wash out and to this day we refer to it as ‘Bogdrummond’.
After Blair Drummond the committee decided that we had to find another location if
the event was to go ahead again in 2000. Jim and I along with other committee members
started to look at other locations like Balado, Lathalmond, and Selkirk to name a
few. We then finally discovered Biggar which we felt had a similar feel to Doune
and also had local amenities in close proximity.
We ran the show for the first year at Biggar in 2000 and then unfortunately in 2001
had to make the difficult decision to cancel the event due to the Foot & Mouth outbreak.
After this we continued to run the show until 2005.
After being involved in the running of the show for 26 years we decided it was time
to hang up the reins and to retire. No one on the committee was prepared to continue
with the running of the show, so we were happy when the Volksfling team were ready
to step in and take this over.
Throughout the years of running the show we met loads of people and over time became
friends with many.
To this day I & my family still attend the show but now enjoy the socialising side
of things rather than the organising side of things.
During the weekend of Volksfling I can usually be found on the Forth Bridges VW Club
stand where we would have the tombola set up - Sadly this year we are unable to do
this due to the current circumstances the country is in.
We understand the impact this could have on the show & the Volksfling team. So hope
that everyone comes together and supports them both with their virtual show this
year & Volksfling 2021.
Please click on links in the schedule to find out more about the event or to take
Volksfling the early years
I was contacted by Willie Robertson the owner of Crail airfield asking if we were
interested in holding an event there. I contacted the 4 clubs in Scotland at the
time, Lothians VW Club, West of Scotland VW club, Bugnuts and North East VW Club.
We met at Crail and came up with an idea. Gillian Evans is very proud of the name
Volksfling, as it was her idea.
Plans were put in place and in 1995 Volksfling was born. A camping and drag racing
VW event. We had a bar and a rock ceilidh band. Concours, daily drivers. To us it
was a great success, but not without its problems. Volksfling continued for 3 more
years. Including one where I had a broken neck and was wearing a halo (not fun).
But we did have a blast doing it. But due to difficulties with the land owner we
decided to try and find a new venue, this was a lot of work and very little return.
So in 2005 we heard Jim and Jean were looking to retire from running the Scottish
VW owner’s festival we spoke and jumped at the chance.
We did everything the first year ourselves as we had limited funds and I can say
I would not do it again. But we had decided we wanted to have a different angle on
the show. So we brought back the marquee and Bar. We now have 3 alcohol licence holders
in the team. We brought back live entertainment. Year on year the show has grown.
We had pretty much reached capacity, which are real thanks to the whole team.
This year we had to make the hard decision to cancel the show, this could have put
us in a really bad place but thankfully most of you have agreed to let your tickets
roll over to next year. We will send out new tickets at some point later in year.
We have also decided to try and bring you a bit of the spirit of the event. Please
follow links to see the different parts; we will be using both the website and Facebook
to bring you these events. Everything from show’n’shine, concours, cooking in camper,
live music, disco, scavenger hunt, storytelling, beer tasting. Enjoy and stay safe