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Event Info

When does the show take place?
The 3rd European Barndoor Gathering & Vintage VW Show aka the Ben Pon Show takes place on May 20 + 21, 2023
Participating vehicles
Participating vehicles:
- VW Barndoor Buses until 03/1955 on 'The Strip'
- Volkswagen Type 2 / Splitbuses up to 1967
- Volkswagen Beetles, KdF-Wagen up to 1957
- Type 128 and 166 VW Schwimmwagen
- Type 82 VW Kübelwagen 1940 - 1945
- Coachbuilt bodies on a VW chassis up to 1967
- Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 14 up to 1959
- Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34 up to 1969
- Volkswagen Type 3 1500 + 1500S up to 1965

Location and Address
The 3rd European Barndoor Gatering will take place at 'The Strip' on Vliegveld Twenthe in Enschede, the Netherlands.
Address:
Vliegveldweg 345,
7524 PT Enschede
The Netherlands
Groundplan
Ground-map of the show area will follow asap.
Nearest Airport
Amsterdam Schiphol AirPort (NL) is 2 hours by car.

Düsseldorf in Germany, is around 1,5 hours by car.

Program

Friday
Camping opens at 14.00 o'clock. Furthermore no activities that day.
Remember, the show itself officially starts on Saturday morning at 09.30 o'clock.
Saturday
- 09.30 Gates open.
- 14.00 Record attempt Barndoors line-up. We will be filling up 'The Strip’ to try and beat our own record of 102 Barndoors (76 in 2014 / 102 in 2018)!
- 19.30 Party evening inside the ‘Shelter B527’.

General program:
- All participating vehicles will be places by type. On site parking assists will point you the way.
- Photo Exposition from the Pon Archives will be displayed in one of the old bunkers.
- Food and Drinks available from the foodtruck area. Also the restaurant on site will be serving special dishes.
- Kids will be happy in the bouncy.

Sunday
- 09.30 Gates open. We will have a full dat with Vintage VWs parked on type all over the show area and inside the bunkers. The Barndoor lineup will be set up, photo-exposition will be displayed. There is a special 'coachbuild corner', filled camping-ground to see and enjoy the always good atmosphere.
- 16.00 The end of the show… sorry, but it’s time to take down the tent, pack the camper and head home.

General program:
- All participating vehicles will be places by type. On site parking assists will point you the way.
- Photo Exposition from the Pon Archives will be displayed in one of the bunkers.
- Food and Drinks available from the foodtruck area. Also the restaurant on site will be serving special dishes.
- Kids will be happy in the bouncy.

Remember NO On Site Camping from Sunday to Monday night. Have a safe trip home and thanks for another great and unforgettable weekend!

Monday
There will be NO camping on Sunday night.
Need to stay longer we advise you to book a camping in the area if your planning to drive home on Monday. As the show-area will be locked down on Sunday evening and it needs to be empty at 17.00.

Tickets

Car Parking Visitors (watercooled / daily cars)
Visitors Watercooled / Daily Car Parking €15,-.
Right next to the entrance we have a big parking. You can park your car there, only €15,- for a full day.
It doesn't get any cheaper in the surroundings than this ;)

Kids?
Children up to 12 year have free entrance.
So if you are older you simply need to buy a ticket just like everyone else entering the show.

I've a slightly less vintage / old aircooled VW, can I participate?
Sure! Although the show revolves around the vintage VWs (mainly pre-'57) as mentioned in the Line Up, you're welcome to camp and/or visit the show with other aircooled VWs too!
They will be parked on the camping-ground (weekend) or on a special day-visitors parking (day visitor).
All aircooled VWs as mentioned in the Line Up (weekend or day visitors) will be displayed at the show area!

Non aircooled VW cars have to park outside the event area (there is a parking next to the event ground at own cost).

Camping

ON SITE Camping information
Buy your Weekend Camping e-ticket (as soon as the ticket-shop is online)
We have permission to camp on site. So when buying a weekend ticket including camping you can stay with us on-site Friday and Saturday night.

NO BBQ and NO open-fire allowed! Thanks for understanding!

Are there any campsite facilities?
There will be toilets and showers available around the campsite area, just look at your map or nearby signs to guide you.
There is NO electricity available at our camping site.

On Saturday and Sunday morning we will serve breakfast from one of the stalls. You can already book your e-ticket for this as soon as the ticket-shop opens up!

NO (open) fires, no stoves and no BBQ allowed on the campsite!
Please keep in mind there are NO BBQ's and NO camping stoves allowed on the (camp)site
NO open campfires! These are strictly prohibited!

Everyone who does will be set off site, as we aren't allowed this could mean we need to STOP and CANCEL the event! So please NO open-fire, BBQ, stoves or other fire items on site! Thanks for understanding.

Can I stay till monday?
There will be NO camping on Sunday night.
We advise you to book a camping or hotel in the area if your planning to drive home on Monday.

Hotel

Hotels
Looking for a hotel in the area, we have already done some pre-search for you closest by the show-area!
We advise the following hotels:
Hotel Frans op den Bult
book via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone +31(0)74-2773632
Website: https://fransopdenbult.nl/info-room-booking/
U Parkhotel
book via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone +31(0)53-4331366.
Website: https://www.uparkhotel.nl
Intrecity Hotel

Website: https://hrewards.com/nl/intercityhotel-enschede

What else...?

Trading at the show / Swapmeet
Yes of course there is a swapmeet at the show! So safe your money to spend it there on some of those rare vintage VW parts! ;)

Want to trade?
Trading spaces will be cheap. So contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and prices on trading during the show.
Please be there on Friday >15.00 or Saturday morning at 07.30 to get your stand ready you must provide your own shelter and we don not have electricity.
The show opens for public at 09.30 o’clock on Saturday and Sunday. All ground spaces have free parking for 1 car behind the stand.

Sponsor questions?
There are many different possibilities to sponsor the event.
We have a couple of package deals as well as loose sponsor items. Were open for your thoughts as well, so feel free to contact us with your own idea so we can make you a special package sponsor deal.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Can I bring a car-trailer?
Yes we do have a place to park your trailers out of sight, so bring a lock as it's at your own risk.
But if a trailer isn’t necessary please leave it home because of the limited space.

Other Questions?

Let us know...
If you have other questions please feel free to ask!
E-mail us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will try to answer you as quick as possible!
We will be behind the computer to answer you till Wednesday, May 17th.

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