Stanford Hall 2019

Sunday, May 5 this year marked the 43rd anniversary of the Stanford Hall VW event. One of the longest running, and most highly respected, UK VW shows. As a result it’s become one of the best attended, too

Words and photos Paul Knight

The Stanford Hall meet has been running since 1976, hence it’s just about as well established as any VW event can be.

Line of Porsche 356 Cars at Stanford Hall 2019

Organised by the Leicestershire and Warwickshire Volkswagen Owners’ Club, the event runs like a well-oiled machine. It has earned a reputation for being one of the biggest one-day VW gatherings in the UK.

VW Onal Window Beetle with Ragtop at Stanford Hall 2019

It includes a huge trade area, arguably the best swap meet of the year and more club displays than any other event. All for the bargain price of just £12 entry.

Crowd of people at Stanford Hall 2019

Though for years it was a staunchly air-cooled concours event. The organisers have moved with the times. As a result now it’s not uncommon to find everything. From Split Window Beetles to Mk2 Golfs, early Audis and even late model Porsche amongst the show cars on the main lawn.

A line of VW Caddy Vans

Throw in beautiful surroundings. A great cake shop / café, a small but interesting motorcycle museum and more and more stock and modified Volkswagens every year that goes by.  We wouldn’t miss it for the world.

Large group of VW Karmann Ghia's at Stanford Hall 2019