Crowd of over 1000 makes secound JK Open Day a great success.
Thanks in part to a miraculous weather window and a team of dedicated barbecuers, JK’s June Open Day was unanimously voted a great event. If you judged JK’s biggest ever open day only by the number of burgers eaten – over 1,000 – it was a sell-out success.
Visitors enjoyed browsing and buying among the stalls and there were also opportunities to meet A-listers on the VW scene. Campervan cook and writer Martin Dorey gave a series of open air cookery demos to an enthralled audience while delicious smells of his hot smoked mackerel dish wafted across the field, Artist Steve Moss, famed for his iconic images of VW campervans and Beetles, was also on hand with a selection of his stunning photographs.
Early queues developed on our stand for the VW Camper&Bus Magazine ‘goody bag’ and subscription show offer and editor James Peene was on hand to answer questions about the magazine and our staff buses.
There was plenty of fun for the kids with a giant fun-slide, a Chair-O-Plane carousel ride, traditional candy floss, face painting and hair braiding. The JK colouring competition and cake/biscuit decorating was packed all day with competition fierce for the top spot.
While the kids enjoyed themselves, the grown ups could visit the JK workshop where specialists from Farnborough VW Centre were on hand to give free
health checks to visiting VeeDubs. They could also pick up some amazing bargains at the JK Scratch ‘n’ Dent shop which this year included a full T25 interior kit, a half-price tailgate for a Bay and a range of stainless steel sidebars for T4 and T5.
Visitors from many parts of the UK were treated to a great selection of campers to look over and the owners were all more than happy to share their restoration stories.
“Although it was a lot of hard work, we really enjoyed hosting it and I was really pleased that everyone I spoke to enjoyed the open day,” says Mark, JK Founder and Managing Director.
“The question is how to make it even better next year and still retain the family friendly feel. I’ll be trying to persuade John, who owns the farm, that we can have a few more camping spaces for next year, as it was sold out so quickly.”
VW Camper&Bus Magazine had a great day out and special thanks must go to the JK team for giving up part of their extended Bank holiday to help host a friendly, fun event for VW enthusiasts.Like Camper&Bus? Subscribe to the magazine for more great features.