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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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Jul 6 2010

VAGfest – A new show?

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VAGFEST
Sunday 11th July
Santa Pod Raceway,
Wellingborough,
Northants.
NN29 7XA
01279 72 52 52
www.vagfest.co.uk

Introducing yet another NEW SHOW! Well not really… a show with a 20 year pedigree, but radically different. VAGfest, Santa Pod, July 11th 2010 – is everything that the old GTI Festival was, and more. It is a one day show for air and water cooled VW’s, Audis, Seats, Skodas… and it is the only show where all marques get equal billing.

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All owners of Volkswagen Group vehicles are welcome. The organisers are re really keen to see as many clubs as possible represented, and are also hosting for the first time at any VW show anywhere, the ‘show within a show’, Girlz N Dubz. All female owners can get to show off their pride and joy in the ‘Girlz N Dubz’ competition and display. Girlz N Dubz will definitely become the coolest event in the UK for female owners… The girlz will be interviewed about their cars, their interests, and there are a number of trophies up for grabs, for their performance in the show arena as well as on the track. All will have an equal chance against the guys in the regular Show & Shine too.

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All clubs are invited to display during the day, and the ‘Best Club Display’ at VAGfest carries a £100 charitable donation, to a charity chosen by the winning club. The 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. Awards on the track include quickest VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda, as well as a number of awards based on engine sizes for all VAG vehicles.

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The organisers are also really keen to see as many transporters, campers etc, including late models, because we really want this show to evolve to include every Volkswagen Group vehicle, past, present and future. Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti are therefore more than welcome too, although owners should be aware that there are several regulars at these shows who are best avoided on the racetrack unless you want to look a bit silly.

As well as the ‘Dizzy Rascals’ autotest course, there will be a couple of demonstration vehicles, a 5 second Fuel Funny Car, and the equally impressive – regular crowdpleaser – The Fireforce Jet Car.

July 11th – Santa Pod – Just £15 for a day of Girlz, Dubz, Clubs, Traders, Sprints, AutoJumble – and everything else ‘VAG’.

Details: www.vagfest.co.uk


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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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 LATEST GOLF

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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