We’re not sure about the rest of you around the world, but in the UK, we just love an underdog. In the battle of David against Goliath, our default position is to back the little guy, so I guess you could say we’re just not massive fans of bold and brash over here. Bigger isn't always better and maybe in little Britain, we just love an unlikely winner.
The VW School event in France might just be the car show equivalent of an underdog, because outside of France, this is an event that most people just haven’t heard of. There are bigger modified car shows in France, but is bigger always better?
The French Car Scene.
That said, the French car scene is in a very good place right now, with plenty of the top-quality builds around Europe having been produced in France. There’s a strong love for modified cars in France and this is directly reflected in the standards.
Location, Location, Location.
As show locations go, the VW School event is pretty big-time, choosing a motor racing circuit venue to provide the backdrop.
The Magny-Cours location lends itself to this type of event so well with added interest. This 4.4km (2.7m) racing circuit has played host to some very special motorsport event over the years, from the French Grand Prix to the Superbike World Championship, the Magny-Cours has seen it. In fact, Michael Schumacher holds the lap record of 1:15.337, which he set in 2004 in his Ferrari F1 car, this place has created some serious history.
Not Just Volkswagens.
Not just a great show location, the VW School event is an event for people who love all marques, not just Volkswagens, which given the name of this event, is actually rather confusing. But don’t let the event name fool you though, whilst there was naturally a strong line-up of modified VWs, the show field also served up plenty of BMWs and Hondas to mix things up nicely.
Seven Years & Counting.
So, how did the underdog fare? Well, seven years in and VW School is an event clearly doing big things, which can only be a good sign.
On this showing, we're once again reminded that the French car scene is in a strong place right now and alongside it's bigger brother VW Days, this one looks like one worth keeping an eye on, start planning on your visit for 2019…