Wednesday 6 August 2014

Whitenoise 12

Well it was an eventful weekend for us here at Volksbuster! Breakdowns, fires, flat tyres and accidents!  We were going to meet up with a few friends on Friday morning and have a small cruise up to Thetford but heard some other friends were meeting at the same time so decided to cruise up with them as well so the cruise turned into a bit of a VW convoy. 

We met up at Boreham services near Chelmsford  at 10am but soon heard that Dave’s ‘ 70 crew cab had broken down with a seized alternator, he said he would catch us up in his ‘72 bus after he had got his truck back home. 

We left Boreham with about fourteen cars including Splits, Bays, Pucks, Hotrods and custom Bugs with me and my son in our notchback (Sheila) and Mrs Volks in our T25 with our daughter.  We all travelled up to Thetford with no issues and it was great fun. When we got to the site though we immediately hit traffic going into the event, it looked as though everyone had got the day off work and decided to get there as the gates opened, this combined with security searching “at random” almost every car for glass bottles and in my opinion not enough lanes/ ticket collectors at the entrance meant that we were queuing for an hour and a half on a small dirt track!

Just as we handed in our tickets Sheila’s engine died and smoke started pouring out the back! Luckily a fire crew were on site and at the gate within minutes to put the flames out, (A big thank you to these guys!). Due to their quick reactions Sheila was saved although suffering quite a bit of damage to paintwork and leaving some work to do on the engine.

Back to the show, Whitenoise has moved to a new location in the beautiful setting of Euston Park with all its usual fun and entertainment for everybody, the kids had Tricky Bikes to ride, roller skating rink, and a marquee full of crafts to keep them happy.

There was plenty of music over the weekend from Ska to Dance, a dedicated Soul music tent and live bands on the main stage and the new Woodland Stage.
The Fantastic Contraptions fire garden was a hit with everyone being attracted by the flames like moths of an evening and just chilling out around the installations. The Lost in Translation Circus performance was a bit “interesting “ or as my kids put it “random” but they did attract a large crowd.
There were plenty of traders and a great variety of food in the trade village but security seemed very tight and at times a bit intimidating, I’m not sure if this was a condition of Euston Hall to have this security set up but it felt a bit oppressive as they walked through the crowds with their fingers on their ear pieces or zooming about the site in their little 4wd buggies.

The daily show n shine on the Saturday was well turned out although I was surprised to see some BMW’s on display! The main show n shine was absolutely packed out on the Sunday with some cars I’ve not seen before my favourite was the immaculate Splitscreen double cab! We also got Sheila dragged down to the show arena to show off the burns L.

There was still drama on the way home though, we didn’t leave with our friends as we were waiting for the recovery truck but Mark lost a tyre off his Puck on the way home, luckily Lee had a spare on his, of course this was the wrong size and could only fit three of the bolts but it got them home. Worse still a car pulled out on Butch in his rod just two miles from home, a bent front beam and a trip to A&E followed but thankfully he was ok.

Looking forward to a less eventful Whitenoise next year but it will be Whitenoise 13!!!!

See more pictures of this and other events at my flickr photosream