VW Festival 2012 proves a huge success

Jonathan Crabtree and friends with the VW Beetle he restored to have raffled off for Parkinson's UK at the VW Festival at Harewood House.
Jonathan Crabtree and friends with the VW Beetle he restored to have raffled off for Parkinson's UK at the VW Festival at Harewood House.

A group of vintage car enthusiasts have restored a VW Beetle for a charity giveaway at this year’s VW Festival- raising more than £6,500 in the process.

More than 15,000 people attended the annual VW festival, now in its eighth year, to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK and the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund as it took place over last weekend in the grounds of Harewood House.

The festival, which celebrates all things Volkswagen, offered visitors a range of cars, stalls, arena shows and competitions, food and overnight camping when it took place over the weekend.

As part of the charity giveaway, car mechanic Jonathan Crabtree, 39, who owns The Herbie Hospital- a VW car specialist in Leeds, worked on restoring and repairing a classic silver VW Beetle with his team at the Herbie Hospital, with the car being given away as the top prize at the festival.

The classic car prize was won by Mirfield resident, Liz Cassells, who will now collect the vintage car in September.

Bardsey resident Jonathan, told the News: “We have been working on the Beetle since January, after I bought it from a customer, it has been restored completely. When it orginally came here it was unusable.”

Jonathan and his team uploaded a series of pictures onto Facebook to show the process they were making on the vehicle, all of which was done in their spare time, in evenings and Saturdays.

He said: “We have updated pictures of the progress on our Facebook page which has been great and has people really excited.”

Organiser Shane Beardsley said this year’s VW festival had been a big success.

He said: “It has been quite emotional and we had a few concerns earlier in the year because of the weather and other shows being cancelled but we had preparations in place.”

He added: “It has had real really great moments. Unfortunately it did rain, but by that time everybody was there and having a good time anyway.”