Éirespares has always held the title as Ireland’s largest and best solely aircooled VW event, so no waterpumpers allowed in at all and this year was no exception. Trevor Brady’s Mk1 Golf sitting on the edge of the show cars was proof of that! I will say though that Trevor’s Mk1 Golf is a seriously cool bit of kit. A rat look with the right stance and an even sweeter set of Porsche style rims set this diesel belcher apart from anything else you’re likely to see on the road.
But, nice as it is, we were not there to admire a ‘modern’ VW because for us, Éirespares is all about the humble aircooled motor and everywhere it can be found running such as the Beetle, the Type 2 van and Bus, the Type 4, the sleek Karmann Ghia or even a trike.
The expected thunder storms thankfully never arrived and by early afternoon the sun was out which helped light up the vibrant colour schemes on each car even more. Sadly the number of entries were down on previous years which was a real shame as it’s always a fun event and always attracts VWs that never seem to be part of the scene as a whole. I can only presume that with the weather staying so fine, many enthusiasts headed to the beach with their families but hopefully with a renewed advertising campaign for 2014 in the making, the numbers should be back to where they once were.
For those few that did make the journey, it was well worth it as the quality of VWs in attendance was as high as always such as the vibrant orange Type 4 Variant parked beside Gerry Flannery’s 1962 Ragtop Beetle.
This rare machine was gleaming in the July sunshine and in stock form is a joy to drive according to its owners and walked away with Best Type 3 & 4 award. Pete Carr’s rat look Single Cab is hard as nails with its nose down stance and wicked faux patina’d paint with aged signwriting also won its class which was, not surprisingly, the Rat Look class. It’s just back from a European roadtrip taking in shows in Germany and Belgium along the way!The car of the show for us was also the car of the show as voted for by the public and that was the immaculately restored ‘76 Beetle in Lafoten Green which, as a colour, was a once common sight in Ireland but now late model Beetles are few and far between now and certainly in Lafoten green. Another winner was Teresa Dollery who, not surprisingly walked away with the best in her class, Pre ’67. Teresa’s Gun Metal Grey 1965 Beetle is a stunner in its original guise and still runs on cross ply tyres and 6volt sparks so I’m guessing night driving doesn’t happen too often!
Show organiser, Martin Murray brought along his rare steel sunroof 1967 Cal Look Beetle. This subtle Cal Looker has a throaty 2ltr motor out back which is a far cry from when it started life in the German embassy in Ireland.