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Sep 11 2011

GTI Festival – Santa Pod – Sunday 16th October – The Season Finale

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GTI FESTIVAL – THE SEASON FINALE
Sunday 16th October 2011
Santa Pod Raceway,
Wellingborough,
Northants.
NN29 7XA
01279 72 52 52 or [email protected]

www.vwaction.com/gtifestival

ONLY £15 FOR A FULL DAY – FULL SHOW
(Accompanied under-13s FREE)

Traders
Autojumble
RWYB/Sprints*
Show & Shine
Dizzy Rascals
Girlz N Dubz

Over the years, from the very first GTI Festival events in the late 1980s, the shows have attracted hordes of Volkswagen enthusiasts to several different venues around the UK. The GTI Festival and ‘Inters’ were for a decade or more, just about the only specialist water cooled VW events of the year. Now, we have a busy ‘calendar’. The 2011 GTI Festival is moving its date to the end of that busy calendar, to establish a ‘Final Fling’ season finale, before the time comes to put cars away for the close season, or pull them apart for mods or winter rebuilds.

The GTI Festival – ‘Season Finale’ is for enthusiasts of all VAG marques, SEAT, Skoda, Audi and of course Volkswagen. Now the Volkswagen Group includes Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti too, but the closest we will probably come to seeing any of those will be Bentley rims shoehorned under late Golf arches!

The GTI Festival is a show where all VAG vehicles are welcome with open arms. All clubs are invited to display during the day, and after a very well received revamp of the show layout in 2010, the clubs area is now easily able to accommodate the 40+ clubs who regularly attend the event. If you want your club to be part of the show, you need to act fast. The earliest club bookings get pride of place, and we expect to see a huge number of clubs and registers represented, so get in early! To book club displays call 01279 725252 or email: [email protected].
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Mar 22 2011

GTI SPRING FESTIVAL – Sunday 3rd April – Santa Pod Raceway

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GTI SPRING FESTIVAL
Sunday 3rd April
Santa Pod Raceway,
Wellingborough,
Northants. NN29 7XA

01279 72 52 52 or
[email protected]
www.vwaction.co.uk

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Over the years, from the very first GTI Festival events in the late 1980s, the shows have attracted hordes of Volkswagen enthusiasts to several different venues around the UK. The GTI Festival and ‘Inters’�� were for a decade or more, just about the only specialist watercooled VW events of the year. Now, we have a busy show calendar.

The GTI Spring Festival is now established as the real ‘season opener’��, and THE one day show for all enthusiasts of all VAG marques, SEAT, Skoda, Audi and of course Volkswagen. And now the Volkswagen Group includes Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti too! The GTI Spring Festival, is a show where all VAG vehicles are welcome with open arms. All clubs are invited to display during the day, and after a very well received revamp of the show layout, the clubs area is now able to accommodate in excess of the 40 clubs who regularly attend the event. If you want your club to be part of the show, you need to act fast. The earliest club bookings get pride of place, and we expect to see a huge number of clubs and registers represented, so please get in early! To book club displays call 01279 725252 or email us.

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Show & Shine

The GTI Spring Festival Show & Shine has a massive number of awards including Best Audi, Best Skoda, Best SEAT, and Best VW, Best Engineering, Best Paint, Best Engine, Best Van and many more. There are also ‘top twenty’ trophies covering all the marques, and full details are available via the SPRINGfest ‘Show & Shine’ link.

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Apr 13 2010

GTI Spring Festival 2010

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GTI SPRING FESTIVAL
11th April 2010
Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough, Northants. NN29 7XA
01234 782828

www.vwaction.co.uk

Words and pics by Chris ‘Funkmaster Red’ Redford.

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Although the name suggests this is a show with a niche audience, that presumption couldn’t be further from the truth. Each April Santa Pod Raceway near Northampton is swarmed with VWs of all shapes and sizes all coming to enjoy the show and either take part in or just to watch the drag racing action on the world famous strip.

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It’s actually a show that welcomes all the current and past vehicles that come under the V.A.G marque. From classic Beetles to Golfs and the latest Audis, Seats and Skoda’s, everything that is related to Volkswagen is invited to take part.

Although only a one day affair, the show attracts a huge amount of interest and marks the first opportunity of the year for V.A.G fans to take part in drag racing exclusively amongst their peers.

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I’ve been for several years in a row now and the show just keeps on getting bigger and better. This year was helped by a fantastic weather forecast and as soon as the gates opened at 8am, the cars started to pour in.

The show and shine filled up very quickly and by 11am there were around 200 cars lined up and being shined to death by their owners. The show operates a ‘Top 20’ award system which is the fairest way to ensure the most deserving cars walk away with trophies for their efforts.

The club area was also bursting and was filled to capacity with a huge variation of cars representing their various clubs.

Meanwhile, on the strip, rubber was being burnt all day long with the V.A.G only ‘Run What Ya Brung’. Trophies were awarded to the fastest cars in each of the classes and so people were doing their best to get in as many runs as possible especially because it was a lovely warm day and there was a helpful tailwind. The ‘fire up’ lane was packed all day.

The famous ‘Fireforce Jet Car’ wowed visitors with two sub-6 second passes during the afternoon and with a large number of traders plying their wares, there was plenty for the punters to see and do.

At the end of the afternoon, the trophies were handed out for the show and shine and the drag strip competition and they went to some very deserving participants. The number and quality of the cars on show meant the judges had a very tough job.

Janet Edwardson took top honours in the show and shine for her Lamborghini inspired Mk4 Golf and the main talking point of the day was Andy Waite running three sub-10 second quarter miles. The best was 9.8 seconds at 148 mph! The really crazy thing is that it’s a fully street legal car.

At the end of the afternoon, everyone who attended went home happy and looking forward to VAGfest on July 11th.

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Mar 22 2010

GTI Spring Festival, Santa Pod Raceway, Sunday 11th April 2010

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GTI Spring Festival
Santa Pod Raceway
Sunday 11th April 2010
01279 72 52 52
Website


Well – it’s called the ‘GTI Spring Festival’, but the first major event of the water cooled VW season is actually aimed at every current and past model in the VAG group range. From Sciroccos and Golfs and Polos, through SEAT models, Ibiza, Cupra, Leon, Skodas, Audis – all are welcome at the show, which takes place at Santa Pod Raceway, Bedfordshire on 11th April 2010. The ‘GTI Spring Festival’ now in its fourth year, is now without doubt a very major season opener. With Sprinting (RWYB), Show & Shine, Clubs, Autojumble and Traders, it follows a simple formula which has been hugely popular. The show itself offers all day sprinting for a single signing on fee, which means you can make one run, or as many runs as you can make during the entire day. But don’t forget your driving licence (you cannot sign on for sprinting without it.)

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The Show & Shine is one of the best in the country, with in the region of 100 contestants. There is no charge for entry into the Show & Shine, and it is becoming a popular show at which to debut new or revamped cars after the winter lay off. Gates open at 8.00am with the dragstrip open from 10.00am. There is plenty of opportunity to browse trade stands, check out the autojumble and club displays, as well as watch (or even try a few runs on) the dragstrip. Overseas visitors to the show will receive free admission on production of their ferry tickets/proof of travel, so perhaps we will see a few more European visitors this year.

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Santa Pod itself is just about the best venue for this type of event in the whole of Europe, meeting all international timing standards. The timing equipment is accurate to within less than one thousandth of a second.

If you are looking for those increasingly rare parts, check out the GTI Spring Festival Autojumble to see if you can find that extra bit you’ve always wanted! All of the autojumble plots are in a designated area which is filled on a first come basis on the day, and usually full of bargains for the eagle eyed buyer.

So, please don’t forget – April 11th, Santa Pod. And once again – all watercooled VWs are equally welcome, Golf, Polo, Lupo, Passat, Jetta, Scirocco, Derby, Corrado, Bora, New Beetle, Sharan, Octavia, Fabia, Cupra, Leon – the list goes on. If you are a VAG lover, it’s the one day show for you!


Dec 1 2009

VW Polo is European Car of the Year 2010

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New Volkswagen supermini Polo scoops European Car of the Year 2010 for new cars in Europe.

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Volkswagen’s Polo has won the 2010 Car of the Year award, garnering votes from each of the 59 European judges and the most maximum marks writes the Telegraph.

The vote was close, though, with the Polo scoring 347 points against 337 for the innovative Toyota iQ urban car, which came second in the annual award.

Third place went to the new version of Vauxhall’s Astra hatchback and fourth to the Skoda Yeti, with the Mercedes-Benz E-class, Peugeot 3008 and Citroën C3 Picasso respectively completing the seven shortlisted cars.

Although the Polo has been placed in the top three in the Coty award’s 45-year history, this is the first time it has won. Volkswagen has been shortlisted 11 times for its cars but only the Golf has won the accoldae, in 1992.

It is also the first time that Coty judge and Telegraph Motoring correspondent Andrew English has picked a winner.

“I am delighted,” he said. “The Polo is a worthy winner whose time seems about right.”


Sep 3 2009

The Volkswagen brand is an icon

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Neeraj Garg, director, Volkswagen Passenger cars talks about playing catch-up in the Indian market using the Polo and the Beetle. And tells us a bit about the German car maker’s very Deutsch ways writes The Economic Times.

The Indian car market has transformed drastically over the years with more and more global car-makers hitting Indian streets aggressively. Volkswagen is a late entrant, why?

While entering a new market it is extremely crucial for a company to understand the business viability, to understand the environment it plans to conduct business in and most importantly to understand its customers. For Volkswagen this is the right time since the automobile market here is now growing at a fast pace and it is expected to touch 2 million by 2014. We have the right products to satiate the Indian consumers and to take advantage of this growth in the country.

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Aug 1 2009

VW EARNINGS FEEL IMPACT OF FINANCIAL CRISIS – BUT STILL AHEAD OF RIVALS

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Volkswagen (VW) yesterday reported a smaller-than-anticipated decline in profit for the second quarter and said growth in emerging markets would help the Audi owner outperform the industry in the second half.

Second-quarter net income fell 83 percent to E283 million (R3 billion) from a year earlier, Europe’s largest car maker said. Profit beat the E238.6m median estimate of five analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Sales slid 7.7 percent year on year to E27.2bn. The shares rose as much as 4.9 percent in Frankfurt trading.

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VW’s first-half worldwide car and sports utility vehicle deliveries dropped 5 percent, less than the 18 percent industrywide contraction, as gains in China and Brazil buffered declines in European countries such as Spain and the UK.

The maker of Skoda and SEATcars last week won a battle to combine with Porsche after staving off a takeover attempt by the 911 sports-car maker.

“VW is feeling the impact of the crisis, no doubt, but they’re still performing comparatively well,” said Aleksej Wunrau, an analyst at BHF Bank in Frankfurt. “VW’s liquidity is high and inventory cuts were lower than at competitors.”

VW'S NEW BEETLE

VW'S NEW BEETLE

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