Last year was a washout, the heavy rain rendered the fields at Easthampstead Park swamp like and Dubs at the Park was cancelled. We had no where near as much rain as last year so it was looking positive. But the forecast in the week leading up to the show was worrying. Come Sunday morning and the sun was peeking through and it shone all day. Since stepping away from the club team we no longer sport orange on the day and can have a lazy wake up, trundling along the A329(M) at just after 11am there were no Dubs to be seen, nothing on the country lane up to the gate and nothing along the driveway, it didn't look promising, but as we flashed our complimentary tickets at the gate were told to take the last spot on the side field, the place was heaving.
With Lily fast asleep in the buggy we headed off to catch up with Katherine, Rich, Doug and William, who we'd arranged to meet up with. We scooted through the camper field of the back lawn. Stopping to listen for a few minutes at the new acoustic stage.
We abandoned the packed lunch we brought along in favour of the BBQ and a couple of pints! Chatting away and catching up with some old friends we'd not seen in a while. Then it was time for some Dub spotting. With Lily and Doug leading the way onto the back field. It was a water-cooled white wash, with very few Beetles compared to previous years. Its always good to see what the Golf brigade are up to though.
Kim was again in full on Instagram mode and getting some arty angles on the day.
Our friend Daz brought out his bonkers mini Beetle, towing it behind his Formula Vee Beetle.
Moving back up to the terrace, we wandered over to the MTB display area, despite a tiny space, the bikers lept and flew across the scene and produced some amazing jumps, 4ft high from a standing start!
While back on the field the T25 fire truck was helping in the worst wet t-shirt competition I've ever seen!
Round at the front of the house we bumped into a lot of friends and Lily got to explore a bit more.
With the day getting on we said goodbye to Katherine & Co and wandered round the Camper field at the side. T4/5s seem to be on the increase, but there were some lovely Splits and Bay and T25s too.
With a final sweep round and a chat to a few more people, Lily decided she had had enough of the day so we clambered back aboard the Camper for the drive home as the awards were being presented.
The show was rammed, I've no idea what the numbers were this year, but in the past its been well over a thousand Dubs. It was good to see last year didn't dent the enthusiasm too much and it kept its chilled and laid back style. Well done to Stu and his merry band of orange t-shirters. There are a few more photos here
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