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For the second year running the Quex park 2019 VW Show in Birchinton, Kent has been set up as an all weekend show. This years theme…Wild Wild Quex (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly). Yes that’s right a wild wild west theme in the Garden of England in 30 degrees heat. What more could you ask for?
It was a bit of a mission to get set up this year for Quex. I found myself short of time due to staff holidays and found that with all the best plans of going down early, helping Steve and the crew set up, things just were not going my way. What was planned to be a few days camping down at the showground before the show started, actually turned out to be taking our stall down along with half of the parts we were going to display on the Wednesday night and locking it up in a shed until I could get back down on Thursday night with more stuff.
Anyway Thursday night I managed to get the stall up and get myself sorted in some sort of order. In all the rush to get ready for the show I had not time to get my bus sorted with its interior rebuild so the weekend would be spent sleeping in a six man air-beam tent that I had never put up before. Thankfully Steve had and helped me to get the tent up in no time at all.
Thursday night was cold, dark and very quiet. A few beers with some friends in Doug Halls Splitscreen was a nice relaxed affair and before I new it midnight was here and time to get my head down.
Friday morning greeted me with the usual waking by the Quex Park resident Peacock, crowing at God knows what time. With the Sun shining and the kettle brewing I started to slowly sort the stall out. Laying out all of the products in some sort of order and making sure that everything was priced up correctly.
Trade was as expected on Friday with very little happening. I could see though that it seemed busy. A constant flow of Campers coming in through the gate. Everyone seemed in a relaxed and chilled out mood. Cracking open the beers and setting up there camps.
I was joined by my wife Sarah and our two Basset hounds Fred and Arnold on late Friday afternoon. Rich and Vince also arrived a little later on once they had closed the shop for the weekend.
The evening for a Trader pretty much is in keeping with all of the campers. Plenty of drinking and dancing in the beer tent. Which I have to say was enormous compared to the tent provided last year. Music was provided by love to Funk representing VDub Radio. The music theme for the evening was 70’s and 80’s Soul Funk and Disco. With all the members of staff entering the world in the 70’s (except Vince) the music was right up our ally and we danced the night away into the early hours.
After a good night’s sleep we awoke on Saturday morning (via our friend Peter the Peacock) to another glorious day of sunshine.
Steve had got plenty planned for the day and in our prime spot next to the stage we could see it all. The show and Shine which I would later judge was full within no time at all with a range of different VW models including Beetles, Split’s and Bay’s, Type 25 and later T4 and T5 buses. Also a mix of Karmann Ghia’s, Variants and buggies.
Throughout the day there was various activities taking place including a Bucking bronco, pie fight and bike show. Allan Swann was floating around throughout the day entertaining the children and a few times during the day Spencer Gilroy took to the stage with his drum lessons for the public. At around 1pm the ever popular Mr VW “The Man” Beauty Pageant took place. With judges including the previous winners the crowds flocked around to see ‘Men Behaving Badly’ on the stage and divulging to the public there deepest darkest secrets and bad habits. The laughs and cheering was a plenty.
The evenings entertainment was again provided by Love to Funk with a 90’s themed music reload.
As with most show events the last day is all about recovering from your weekend. Lots of sore heads and sunburn from the previous day. The usual show and shine was in full display and James from Vee Dub Racing helped me with the judging. It was a little harder though as by the time we got to view the cars most of them had driven off. Still, the cars that remained were awesome with some truly worthy winners.
All in all Quex Park 2019 was another great show put on by Steve and his team. Lots going on. Great weather and a fantastic time had by one and all.
This is definitely a show that is growing by the year and one you should mark on your show calendar for next year without any doubt.
For more information on Quex Park 2019 then why not visit there website here.