As you're probably aware the Historic Beetle Display in front of the House at Stanford Hall is organised for the event by Keith Vipond and the Historic Volkswagen Club. The Display was originally for split rear window beetles and in 1993 was extended to include Ovals, the later, pre '67 beetles still being excluded. In recent years the Historic Club has been allowed to hold its Club display of beetles up to August 1967 in front of the House.
Over the past few months Keith and I have been trying to persuade the Stanford Hall Committee to extend the scope of the Historic Beetle Display to include beetles up to the end of the 1960 model year, ie. beetles having the first of the larger rear windows but still retaining the 30bhp engines and semaphore indicators. Our argument for their inclusion has been that in 1993 when the Display was extended to include Ovals, the youngest Oval was only 36 years old and yet by 2010, 17 years further on, a beetle built in 1960 will be celebrating its 50th birthday.
I'm now pleased to be able to report that our case has been accepted and approved by the Stanford Hall organisers and that for 2010 the Historic Beetle Display will be for all beetles built before August 1960! This is a huge leap forward as similar requests in previous years have never been favourably received.
The Display will be for pre-booked cars only and entry to the event will be free. For 2010 owners of cars that haven't previously entered the Display or are modified will have to submit a photo of their car with their entry form. All cars will be eligible for display providing that they are not overtly modified or lowered. Arrangements can be made for any Display cars to also enter the appropriate class in the Concours.
I understand that the Stanford Hall 2010 website will be going live in December or January so watch out for that and let's look forward to a good number of entries in the Display from Forum members.