Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Weekend in Nelson

5th April 2010

It was originally conceived as the “peoples car.”

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Yes I’m talking about the Volkswagen “Beetle.”

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…..and yes ………

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…it seemed that everywhere you looked………..

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………..at the lights…….it was VW’s everywhere………

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and some special ones too like ex Ambulances……

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……………………ones in convoys…….you couldn’t miss them.

One of the highlights of the Easter meet was…………

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……most certainly the public inspection day……..

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(photo above was taken while more vehicles were still arriving….)

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on Easter Sunday at Tahunanui Recreation Grounds …….

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(seen this one above before? – look here)

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where an Open Display was held …….

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this Easter Weekend, celebrating the 2010 Volkswagen Nationals.

All manner of VW manufactured cars

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single cab utes

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dual cab utes

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and vans…..

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were on display…….

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….along with some……..

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more modern versions

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there was also the throw-ins ………………..

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from another German ……

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…….car manufacturer …..

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(albeit one with very close ties to this car company)

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The camping theme was popular…….

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…without a doubt

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Others were trying…

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hard just to make sure that……

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the message about VW’s got out….

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or how far they had travelled to be here.

But at the end of the day

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it really belonged to one car,

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the one and only…

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….VW Beetle 

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aka Herbie….

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there were all sorts of examples

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of these too. (don’t ask me what that is hanging off the drivers window?)

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They were a bit lacking on the “equipment levels” of today

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but served the purpose for which they were

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conceived and constructed brilliantly.

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If I had to pick a winner on the day - it was clear who was the biggest winner here…..………it was – NZ Plates!