Chill at Will
Back in the day, all the hype on the modified VW show scene used to surround the larger events such as GTI International. As time has moved on, however, the show scene has become over-saturated with more events than ever, so it’s often the smaller, more chilled almost club-like GTGs that appeal to us most. The Westside Treffen, now in its seventh year, is the perfect example of how bigger isn’t always better.
Now don’t get us wrong, Westside is every bit a proper show, it’s just got a friendly, close-knit feel to it. There’s none of the usual politics that can sometimes plague other shows. It really is like one big bunch of friends getting together to talk cars, eat some good food and generally catch up. The setting of Chalfont Park Cricket Club, located in Chalfont St Peter (a stone’s throw from the M40/M25 junction) is ideal, with cars lined up around the main cricket green. Not only do the cars look like toys all parked up on the freshly cut grass, but those entered into show ’n’ shine are all organised into make and model, which makes them look all the more dramatic. With entry costing just £10 per person and an additional fiver to take part in the show ’n’ shine it’s all good value for money, as is the wide range of home-cooked food available on the day. This is one of the major draws to us each year! And as well as the food, there’s also a bar to grab a quick refreshment and you can often find the usual suspects propping the place up.
In typical Westside style, the gates don’t officially open until 9am, so there’s no rush to arrive. In fact, people turn up in waves right up to the early afternoon, again adding to the laid-back feel. This, however, didn’t stop our own roving snapper Gareth arriving at the crack of dawn. He was so keen he turned up earlier than most of the crew! This year was probably the busiest we can remember, such was the popularity that the organisers had to double park the Mk1s. The nice thing about the show is that although the Westside boys are best known for their streettough VWs, as time has moved on, some of the guys and their friends have dabbled in the odd Beemer or Benz as well, which means the show isn’t just awash with the same old Veedubs you’ve seen at all the shows throughout the year, there’s a great mix of all kinds of motor.
What never ceases to amaze us year in, year out, though, is the crazy level of high quality cars on display. There are just so many awesome examples, which is not just a reflection on the show but also the UK modified VW scene. It’s never been so strong! Despite the chilled vibe, the Westside guys still dish out lots of prizes, with some awesome trophies up for grabs. When the dust settled it was Tim Vincent who took top honours, and rightly so. Tim’s Mk2, which we originally featured many moons ago, has evolved into one of the UK’s best Mk2s and arguably one of our all-time favourites. If you’re based in the south of England and are looking at a great family show to attended that’s chilled out and oozing with quality cars then Westside Treffen is undoubtedly for you. Keep an eye on www.westsidevw.co.uk for detail of the 2015 event. It’s sure to be one not to miss!