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November 21st, 2010, Yarraglen Racecourse, Yarra Valley. The second DOTVW show for Frank, this time he could arrive under his own steam. In 2009, his cooling system completely shot, he was towed there and could only run for 2-3 minutes before boiling. This time he drove there. And after two weeks spent doing a thorough cut and polish all over (finally finishing the proper polish of the paintjob), then screwing the underside of his dash back together (required some welding and tapping the stud the glovebox screws into as that was all damaged from the after market air con system no longer in there), and scrubbing every cm of Frank, inside and out, including headlining, carpets, engine bay, bumper to bumper, he smelled fresh and shone as brightly as a new penny.

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

I had a tshirt screenprinted just for the occasion!

Frank wasn't the only Passat there, either. Look what we found for sale! (No idea of price.)

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

One 1984 B2, 5 cylinder Passat. That was complianced in South Africa. Goodness knows how it got here, or why. Its registration had run out three years ago. And it looked like it had lived in a garden, fully exposed to the elements for some time. I don't know if anyone would rescue that car.

 

Frank attended the show with some friends: a 2002 Bora and a 1979 Golf.

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

I made up a card explaining Frank's history and restoration, and stuck it under the bonnet. Made it easy for the curious, some who many have not seen a B1 before.

 

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

And I stuck flyers on the side windows, inviting B1 owners to come by this site and chat with fellow enthusiasts.

 

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

 

Frank had a cousin there, an earlier Passat, one we saw at last year's show:

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

This little one has just been for a respray of some problem areas and hadn't yet had its trim bits reattached. Gorgeous car!

 

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

Amazingly of all: Frank came first in his class!

Day of the Volkswagen 2010

How cool is that?

 

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