Wednesday 23 January 2019

VW classics return to town

Classic VW Beetles and camper vans will be back on Market Square this Saturday
Classic VW Beetles and camper vans will be back on Market Square this Saturday

Margaret Roddy

Fans of the iconic VW Beetle and camper vans should head to the Market Square on Saturday afternoon for a fun day out for all the family.

This is the third year that a gathering of these distinctive vehicles has been organised by local enthusiasts in conjunction with Dundalk BIDS and it's expected that over twenty cars and camper vans will be on display.

While most of the owners will be from the locality, Paul expects others to travel from Dublin or Belfast.

'The Volkswagen takes its name from the German for 'the people's car' as they were meant to be for the average person,' explains Paul.

From cars and vans which were designed so that everyone could afford them, they have now become coveted collectors' items.

Production of the old VW Beetle ceased in Mexico in 2003, will the last 'Bug' as they are affectionately known, rolling off the line 65 years after its launch and manufacture of the camper van or 'bus' stopped in 2013.

The Beetle is instantly recognisable and a 1962 model was the star of 'Herbie: The Love Bug' while a 960 Volkswagen Type 2 featured in the Disney hit 'Cars'. A bright yellow camper van also made a guest appearance in 'Little Miss Sunshine'.

'There are millions of them out there but they are becoming popular with collectors and are becoming expensive so it's not as easy to pick up a bargain as it once was,' explains Paul.

Paul is the proud owner of a 1970 cream VW camper bus and the family have travelled all over Ireland in it.

They also attend special events for VW enthusiasts such as the Vantastival music and camping festival in Drogheda and the recent Jump Start in Limerick.

Owners take great pride in restoring their vehicles and swapping stories.

The VW owners will be joined by members of the Andiamo Scooter Club who are celebrating the club's 10th birthday that day.

The group of Vespa and Lambretta scooter owners will stop off at The Square en route to Castlebellingham where they are having a birthday party in the brewery tavern.

The VWs will be in Market Square, from 12 noon until mid-afternoon and everyone is welcome to go along.

'It's just a laid back gathering, where people can come along and look at these old cars and buses, and chat to the owners,' says Paul.

There will be free face painting for the kids too, and Pat O'Shaughnessy from LMFM will be doing an outside broadcast from the event.

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