Last weekend the Autotron in Rosmalen was dominated by air-cooled Volkswagens and (a few) air-cooled Porsches. The organization of the Aircooled Winterfest again managed to put together a particularly varied festival this year. Various movements from the Aircooled scene also came together during the 2017 edition. The range was tailored to this diversity.
Enthusiasts and owners of air-cooled Volkswagens and Porsches could immerse themselves in multiple atmospheres. Various clubs populated the busy exhibition floors within the Autotron. The well-known companies from the "Beetle" circuit also found their way to Rosmalen. It resulted in a wide range of different cultures. Beautiful original Beetles and Buses, rat-look versions, replica Porsches, a range of traces of use, beautiful motorhomes, barnfind creations and their own creations in the air-cooled area again provided a versatile look at the air-cooled boxer theme, which was spread over two floors and over several halls divided.
Advance on 2018
Some exhibition participants took an advance on the theme for 2018: Air-cooled in operation. Visitors will undoubtedly remember the Hairdressers T2 and the Coffee T1. Or the great T1 Pick up from Jan Krul from Hengelo. In the Eventron were special creations and beautiful original - and rare - models. Business activities were also displayed in a different way. Impressive was the VW 1500 from June 1967, which towered symbolically over the other air-cooled units and stands. At the Volksrepairs stand, interested parties were able to take a close look at the highly advanced restoration work.
Totally unique creations
Elsewhere, completely new creations could be admired, which sometimes deviated far from the original Beetle idea and at the same time showed what is possible with the thoughtful basis of the air-cooled Volkswagens. Also beautiful: the Barnfinds and a Brilkever in a completely original condition. It was not for nothing that the organization was forced to award the necessary prizes in the run-up to the raffle of the Big Bug made available by Keverland.
Air cooled in the open air
The public could also watch air-cooled Volkswagens outside the gates of the Autotron. In the midst of the many Beetles, the open-air paddock offered space for a few beautiful T1 buses, a unique VW 181, a beautiful Type 3 Variant and the always beautiful Karmann Ghias of the 14 type. Finally, it was noticeable that not only the air-cooled boxer heritage in Rosmalen had a high variation level. Also other industry-oriented activities that were related to the air-cooled theme were clearly visible. Parts in all shapes and sizes, miniatures, goodies and clothing were amply represented.
Aircooled is alive and well
If something became clear during the past weekend in Rosmalen, it was that the Aircooled Winterfest symbolized the fact that the experience of Beetles, Buses and other air-cooled boxer models is still alive and kicking. It was simply a party to be in Rosmalen last weekend.
Images: Frank Bouckaert and Erik van Putten