Stonor Park VW Show 2019

Walk in the park

The sun was out and so were the show folk. Stonor Park VW show was heaving by mid-morning with a really well balanced mix of old- and new-skool VWs

Words & Photos: Paul Knight

Organised by the Association of British VW Clubs (ABVWC), this event has been running for 30 years on this site. It has always been popular for those looking to show and display their VWs.

Line of VW Buses at Stonor Park VW Show 2019

Stonor Park is a fabulous old stately home nestled between rolling hills and ancient woodland. It is located between the M4 and the M40. It’s actually very close Henley-on-Thames, making it just a 30 min drive for our Reading lad, AlGoo, and 90 mins for Jolly Jim and I, who were travelling from Southend in Essex.

Line of T4 Transporters at Stonor Park VW Show 2019


We arrived on Saturday afternoon to join the Campers in the field alongside the main event on one of the hottest days of the year. Incidentally, Camping needed to be pre-booked (i.e. you can’t just turn up without a reservation). The good news is that £22 paid for Camping and entry to the event on Sunday.

Man on a bike in front of VW Campervans

Speaking of pre-booking stuff, it’s important to remember that the same is true of show/exhibition cars, club stands, trade and swapmeet etc. You need to get organised and book things in advance as this is not an event for the kinda guy.

Classic Porsches at Stonor Park VW Show 2019

Camping was a relaxed affair at Stonor Park VW Show and Goo stood in for Pete ‘the meat’ at this one by marinating some fab steaks and bringing along sausages from his uncle’s butchers shop (how he hadn’t mentioned a butcher in the family before now, I don’t know!). So we slept well and were ready to roll on Sunday morning.

Very Low T5 next to a VW Karmann Ghia

The Show

There was a light breeze and the sun was shining. Great car show weather and the perfect combination for a little sunburn if you weren’t careful.

The Back of a a line of VW Buses

Stonor Park VW show has always packed in plenty of swapmeet and trade action. Not to mention kids activities and even a little light musical entertainment throughout the day. However it’s the club displays and concourse line-up that floats out boat, and we certainly weren’t disappointed this year.

New Shape VW Beetles at Stonor Park VW Show 2019

In fact, it’s been a good few years since I was last at Stonor. It was clear that there were a lot more Transporters on site than there was last time I visited.

VR6 Powered T4 Transporter

Show ‘n’ Shine

While this was once regarded to be quite a tough concourse event targeted at largely stock or restored vehicles, things have certainly relaxed in recent years as there was a great mix of stock and modified air- and water-cooled VWs on site.

Modified VW Corrado at Stonor Park VW Show 2019

That said, having judged at this event in the past, I can promise you that the concourse is not only held in high regard but also that the judging is far more involved than at some other events I’ve assisted at.

Heavily modified T5 Transporter

In short, a trophy here is well earned, so well done to those that walked away with something for the mantelpiece.

Men cleaning their T25 Buses

Anyway, enjoy the photos and perhaps we’ll see you at this firm family favourite in 2019?

Purple Wrapped VW T4 Transporter
Robin Holmes owns this wicked matt purple wrapped T5
Red High top VW T4 Transporter with snorkel
We loved the snorkel and all terrain tyres on Vince Murr’s High-Top T4 Camper
White T5 Transporter with whitewall tyres
Whitewall tyres and baby moon hubcaps on red steels add a retro feel to this T5
VW T4 Multivan with poptop
This T4 Multivan features a factory-fitted Westfalia pop-top – a great combo
Pastel Blue T4 Transporter with matching trailer
1960 VW 23 Window Samba at Stonor Park VW Show 2019
This 23-Window Deluxe Microbus (Samba) was built in 1960 yet the body was straighter than a brand new T6!
Black VW Bus at Stonor Park VW Show 2019
Customer VW Bus with poptop
Blue VW Caddy at Stonor Park VW Show 2019
Caddy class covered both classic pickup and modern vans…
Off Road T25 Bus Monster Truck
This monster T25 is built to tackle any terrain
Dark Blue Transporter at Stonor Park VW Show 2019
Staggered-fit 3SDM 0.06 rims work really well with the dark blue paint on this Transporter
Very low VW Transporter