Hot Rods & Simply VW

by staff writer JP

Spring 2018 brings a retro weekend with Vee Dubs and music at Beaulieu

The Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day alongside Simply VW, these two colourful events create a jam-packed automotive celebration that every petrol-head will love in the grounds of the National Motor Museum. Make a weekend of it and enjoy both with camping on site, with the nearby Vintage Village.

An awesome display is guaranteed for Sunday’s eagerly anticipated Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day, as over 500 hot rods and customised vehicles take their places. Held in association with classic American car club Solent Renegades, the show will be filled with imaginative creation. With smooth cruisers and low-riders to powerful hot rods, stripped-out specials and mega-powered monsters on display.

Sure to put on another crowd-pleasing performance will be Hard Up Garage, with flame-spitting rat rods and wacky customised creations. The show is always a draw for bike fans and a wide variety of two and three-wheeled machines will be taking their places in the line-up, from traditional classics to bespoke, powerful trikes.

Get into the vintage groove with fantastic features running all weekend. A two-day Vintage Village by Bows & Braces will be packed with nostalgic collectables, records, jewellery, luggage, kitchenware and retro clothing from the 1920s to the 1980s. At both shows, come along dressed in vintage clothing, with prizes for the best dressed individuals, families or groups and camper van. Then get a perfect retro hair-do with Paula?s Vintage Parlour, offering a range of glamorous styles from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Enjoy live music throughout the weekend, with Isle of Wight-based vocal quartet Company B-UK performing 1940s swing numbers that are sure to get your toes tapping, while on Sunday six-piece band The Shakeups! will perform classic rock, soul, doo-wop and jangle pop hits. You’re sure to smile as Mariachi El Mexicano delights show-goers with rousing performances as they roam the grounds, then take to the dance floor with Jitterbug Jive as the Bournemouth Lindy Hop Club puts you through your paces with dance demonstrations.

An unmissable rally for every Volkswagen fan, Simply VW sees a multitude of Beetles, Golfs, Campers, Sciroccos and Passats cruise into the Breeze Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles-sponsored event in the Beaulieu parkland. It is the perfect place for enthusiasts to catch-up, compare machines and talk about all things VW.

Included in the events admission is access to all of the Beaulieu attraction including entry to the National Motor Museum with its collection of more than 250 vehicles and stunning display The Luxury of Motoring, new-look World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, ancestral Montagu family home of Palace House, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and the stunning grounds and gardens.