VIDEO: Harrogate Spring Dub

The first Harrogate Spring Dub festival took place at the weekend, with enthusiasts travelling to the Great Yorkshire Showground from across the country.

Volkswagens of all ages were on show to crowds inside and outside the venue.

Volkswagen Golf GTi

Volkswagen Golf GTi

Cars on show included a Beetle in General Lee decals, and a Karmann Ghia coupe.

Dominic Dunphy toured the Harrogate Advertiser around his Microbus, which has spent much of its life ferrying stars around California from its Balboa Bay Club base in Newport Bay, California.

Traders were also at the event, including Jez Dyke of Dubtricks.

Dubtricks converts and restores Volkswagens from its Dacre base.

Jez, who has worked with VW’s for 20 years and been in Harrogate since said the company is currently experiencing huge demand for its services.

He said: “We deal with anything from Beetles to the Split Screen to the T5 models.

“Customers choose the colours and what they want done with thir cars. We have around 20 in the garage at the moment, there is huge demand for what we do from across the country.

“People are not putting money in the bank at the monment, they’re putting it into things like classic cars.”

York man Peter Wray was showing his 35-year-old Beetle, which he bought from his wide’s Uncle in 1970.

Mr Wray takes the impeccably clean example, which has covered 103,000 miles, to shows across the north, and will not sell the car, which is priceless to him.

Event organiser Bruce Emmett, of Mighty Events Ltd, said: “There was a massive crowd at the show, which is brilliant.

“People brought all manner of vehicles, and traders with stalls on the day.

“It is the first time the show has come to Harrogate. We wanted to bring it here because there isn’t another Volkswagen show in the north-east.

“If we pay all the bills, we will definitely come back again next year.”

See Thursday’s Harrogate Advertiser for more pictures from the event.