Let’s Bug Together – 25th anniversary

Talk about amazing backdrops! Nestled in its own mountain range, the location for this Slovenian VW show must surely be one of the most idyllic settings imaginable. It seems fitting then that visitors were blessed with sun and clear blue skies for the show’s jubilee celebrations this year, as LP Jože Felicijan reports…

Taking place at Lesce airport near Bled between 13-21 August, the 25th edition of Let’s Bug Together was organised by the largest and oldest Beetle club in Slovenia – VW Hrošč klub Slovenija.


This year the week-long celebration of all things air-cooled saw an impressive 226 classic Volkswagens in attendance, and at least twice as many visitors again who came along to lavish over the wide selection of cars on show. The theme, as in previous years, was ‘expect the unexpected’ – and with a rich programme of raffles, auctions, evening entertainment, live bands and various excursions into the gorgeous surrounding countryside, it certainly lived up to its promise.


A particularly clever feature of this year’s spectacle was a scaled up ‘Matchbox’ which allowed people to drive in and grab a quick snap of their cars. Now how cool is that?


There was even a short film show in true ‘drive-in’ style, complete, of course, with ample supplies of accompanying beer and popcorn.


With vehicles from 14 different countries, as you would expect, highlights were too numerous to mention. However, a car that really stood out was a fully restored 1941 Beetle with the serial number 20 owned by Mr Ondra from Prague. Meanwhile, this year the furthest travelled gong went to the owner of a Split Bus Camper who had driven all the way from Denmark.


Good weather, a fabulous setting and a selection of Europe’s most interesting classic VWs. Sounds like a good gig, and one that definitely worth including in your 2017 event calendar. Click here to find out more about the club and here to get some more info about the event.

See you there!


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