• All things VW at the Lakeland Center this weekend


    Sciroccos, Things and Karmann Ghias will all call the Lakeland Center’s south side parking lot home this weekend as one of the largest Volkswagen shows comes to town.
    And yes, they’ll be Bugs and Busses, too.

    According to event organizer Eddy Varela, the 11th Annual Lakeland VW Classic will feature plenty of the iconic Volkswagens of the past – and perhaps a few from the present as well.

    “We’ll have more than 850 different vehicles here over the weekend,” said Varela. “And while Saturday is the big Bus show – and Sunday is the general Volkswagen event – there are always plenty of all the models around.”

    The VW Type 2 – that’s the formal name for the Bus – might be thought of as the iconic vehicle of the 1960s, but its popularity stretches through today. For while the Bug might have the movie franchise “Herbie” to call its own, the Bus has played a central part in movies from 1967’s “What’s Up Doc?” to 1989’s “Field of Dreams” to 2006’s comedy “Little Miss Sunshine.” Thus, the Bus gets Saturday to call its day, where the best example will go home with cash and bragging rights.

    On Sunday, the All Car Show will pit all VWs against each other. Forty classes of Volkswagen are expected to be represented.

    The event also features a live band on Saturday, a kid zone with bounces houses, food and more, as well as a vendor area.

    The show is open to the public, with parking costing $8 while admission is $5 per person. Kids under 12 are free. Gates open at 9 a.m. both days.


    An initiative of the Polk County Board of County Commissioners, Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing is responsible for recruiting sporting events to Polk County and marketing the county as a venue for competitive sporting events and recreational sports such as golf, tennis, cycling and water skiing/boating. During the past year, 225 PCTSM events generated more than $130 million in economic impact for Polk County. Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing is Florida’s only sports commission to be awarded both the coveted “Sports Commission of the Year” award by the Florida Sports Foundation.

    Jack Cormier
    Communications Specialist, Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing
    2701 Lake Myrtle Park Road | Auburndale, Florida 33823
    Direct: 863-551-4709 | Fax: 863-551-4740 | jack@centralfloridasports.com