International Manx Club Activities
Mel and Sandra Baker attend the V.W. Euro car show in Sevenum (near Venlo), Holland
by The Bakers
Mel and Sandra Baker drove their buggy from England to France and then Holland!
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We left home at 5am - it was raining really hard (typical !!) and we met up
with a friend driving a VW Caravelle bus, plus another club member in an
immaculate VW convertable bug, someone else in a Golf (Rabbit to you) and
finally another couple in an Audi. By the time we arrived at the ferry in
Dover, the rain had almost stopped, but the buggy's interior was nice and
soggy (water seeps between the pan & fibre-glass body). The crossing took
1&half hours to Calais in France. From there its a 4 hour drive (around 240
miles) through Belgium to the east of Holland. In fact, we were about 15
miles from the German "border". There are no borders anymore.
We were in a plus hotel, 5 minutes walk from the showground. The others were
either sleeping in their vehicles overnight, camping and one pair hired a
bungalow on site.
The site was huge - on Friday evening many, many people were arriving at
the site. So many infact that the queues were back onto the motorway for 15
miles!! The quality of cars arriving was superb, notably the bugs. Not too
many buses though.
On Saturday there was a sprint competition for any VW; off-road for all the
buggies; swapmeet, and other bits to do. The photo is of the rear end of a
at the top of an earth bank, getting ready to launch itself in to the mud pool.
Yes, these Dutch people are really bonkers!!
On Sunday Mel entered his buggy into the concourse -
- and was up against 8 other buggys. In the photo the red buggy is Mels,
with him holding the 2nd prize trophy in the dune buggy class. The
yellow "Vulture " buggy on the left came 1st. This buggy was built by
an English guy some 4 or 5 years ago and sold at a British VW show (VW Action)
to a Belgian guy. I assume as the buggy has Belgian plates, it is still owned by
the same Belgian.
We met two Dutch people who we initially met at the VW Classic back in
June. They took their buggy to Florida and drove it across the USA to CA
over 3 months. In fact, they won the long distance award at the Classic. So
it was nice to meet up with
Peter & Ester
(Ester, Sandra, Peter, & Dutch Dune Buggy Historian) again.
We also met the infamous Lew Silverman. Yes, he turned up there
unexpected!! He was working in Hungary for the US Army and hired a car to
visit the show. So we had a very long chat with him.
There was a great off-road track on which there was a mud bath. Yes, those
mad Dutch people drove their buggies through a mudpool.
Mels buggy came 2nd in the class - I managed to get my nice silver cup
early in order to leave promptly as we had to make the ferry by 8pm.
So the buggy made it all the way there & back (about 530 miles), averaging
24 mpg, at around 65mph most of the way.
The weather was superb throughout the weekend - this is what particularly
made it a great weekend.
Report over & out.
Mel saw around 70 buggies at the show - "make my day..."
Melvyn G Baker
Brunel University, UK
Courtesy of Mel Baker (email@example.com)...
Sat May 16 17:42:37 PDT 1998