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Event Info

When does the show take place?
The 2nd European Barndoor Gathering & Vintage VW Show aka the Ben Pon Show takes place on May 19 + 20, 2018
Location and Route
The 2nd European Barndoor Gatering will take place at Wagenwerkplaats in Amersfoort, the Netherlands.
Getting There:
By car
Navigate to: Piet Mondriaanplein 61, 3812 GZ Amersfoort, the Netherlands and follow the signs to the 2nd European Barndoor Gathering.
By plane
Are you flying to the 2nd European Barndoor Gathering? The Ben Pon Show is only 45 minutes away from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, only 90 minutes away from Rotterdam - The Hague Airport and only 100 minutes away from Eindhoven Airport. It's easy getting from these airports to the 2nd Barndoor Gathering: you can use The Netherlands's reliable public transport network to travel to Amersfoort train station. From here, you can walk to the festival site in about ten minutes.

Planning your public transport journey? The 9292OV public transport journey planner or the NS train journey planner might come in handy. You can buy your public transport tickets at the tram, train, metro or bus station where you're departing from: it's not neccessary to buy your tickets in advance.
By train
It's easy to get to the 2nd European Barndoor Gathering by train: please navigate to Amersfoort train station. The 2nd European Barndoor Gathering is only 35 minutes away from Amsterdam Central Station. From here, you can walk to the festival site in about ten minutes.

Planning your public transport journey? The 9292OV public transport journey planner or the NS train journey planner might come in handy. You can buy your public transport tickets at the tram, train, metro or bus station where you're departing from: it's not neccessary to buy your tickets in advance.
Groundplan
Map of the show area (click 'Read More' to see larger image).

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Program

Friday
- 14.00 - 19.00 EVAM CLASSIC / VW SPLIT PARTS OPEN-HOUSE & BBQ where you are all welcome!
More info: www.EvamClassic.com
Remember, the show itself officially starts on Saturday morning at 09.30 o'clock (NOT ANY SOONER!)!
Saturday
- 09.30 Gates open.
- 12.00 VEWIB will reveal their VW Samba Bus at their stand!! Be sure to check it out, as they already came such a long way into putting it back together, it will 100% become a diver again!
- 14.00 Record attempt Barndoors line-up. We will be filling up the main ‘red square’ once more to beat our own record of 76!
- 19.30 Party evening inside the ‘Rijtuigenloods’. Entrance is near the entry of the show area (building on the left).

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 the Veerensmederij (building on the right side of the Barndoor square).
- Two ‘Plattewagen’s’ will be on display.
- Food and Drinks available from the foodtruck area. Also the restaurants on site will be serving special dishes.
- Kids will be happy in the bouncy and the indoor skelter area (behind the food-trucks).

Sunday
- 09.30 Gates open.
- 11.00 The Schwimmwagens will be giving a demo in the lake nearby the show area. You can park your car in front of the Pon Dealer (Industrieweg, Amersfoort).
- 13.00 WIN a €200,- GIFT VOUCHER from our Main Sponsor VEWIB! In your goodiebag is a magic number, this could be worth €200,-!! Bring the number to the VEWIB stand and maybe you will be the lucky winner, it's just that easy!
- 17.00 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 the Veerensmederij (building on the right side of the Barndoor square).
- Two ‘Plattewagen’s’ will be on display.
- Food and Drinks available from the foodtruck area. Also the restaurants on site will be serving special dishes.
- Kids will be happy in the bouncy and the indoor skelter area (behind the food-trucks).

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

Monday
There will be NO camping on Sunday night.
We advise you to book a camping in the area if your planning to drive home on Monday.

Tickets

Ticket Prices?
ON SITE CAMPING Weekend Ticket
Unfortunately pre-sale has ended.
Tickets are still available at the entrance!

ON SITE CAMP = FULL Available online only!
1 person and 1 car €45,00 (on site camping plot: 4,5x4,5 meters)
2 persons and 1 car €65,00 (on site camping plot: 4,5x4,5 meters)
1 Day Ticket
Price: at the gate online
1 person/passenger €10,00 €7,50
1 person and 1 car €15,00 €12,50
2 persons and 1 car €25,00 €20,00
2 Days / Weekend Ticket
Price: at the gate online
1 person/passenger €20,00 €15,00
1 person and 1 car €30,00 €25,00
2 persons and 1 car €50,00 €40,00

Visitors Watercooled / Daily Car Parking €10,-.
Right next to the entrance we have a Q-Park. You can park your car there, only €10,- for a full day.

Can I buy tickets at the gate?
ON SITE Weekend tickets are sold out!

All other weekend and day tickets can be bought at the entrance.

Car Parking Visitors (watercooled / daily cars)
Visitors Watercooled / Daily Car Parking €10,-.
Right next to the entrance we have a Q-Park. You can park your car there, only €10,- for a full day.
It doesn't get any cheaper in Amersfoort 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 aircooled VW, can I participate?
Sure! Although the show revolves around the vintage VWs 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).

Can I Add Merchandise To My Order?
Yes you can! A lot of merchandise is already available via the ticket-shop.
See 'TICKETS' button on top right of the website! Buy it now and collect it during the show.

Camping

ON SITE Camping information
Space is limited, the camping-plots are 4,5x4,5 meters
As mentioned the event takes place in the middle of the city centre of Amersfoort, camping plots are only 4,5x4,5m big and on-site space is limited.
We have permission to use a 2nd field, so we are happy to anounce the on-site camping tickets are available again. But when these are sold out, the whole WWP show area is full, really full. So act fast.

But of course we do have several arrangements with Camping’s and Hotels in the surrounding area. Please visit the INFO page on our website www.BenPon.nl for links and info.

Thanks for understanding, and thanks for all the early birds for pre-booking.

Are there other campings in the nearby area of the show?
Yes! And here is a list with contact info on them:

Duynparc Soest 4,3 KM from the show Contact: www.duynparcsoest.nl
Bungalowpark 't Eekhoornnest 5,3 KM from the show Contact: www.eekhoornnest.nl
Camping & Chaletpark 't Monnickenbosch 5,8 KM from the show Contact: www.campingsoest.nl

Are there any campsite facilities?
There will be FREE to use 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.
Am I allowed to BBQ on the campsite?
Sure! Please raise BBQ's and camping stoves at least 30cms off the ground to avoid burning the site.
NO open campfires! These are strictly prohibited!
Do I have to stay on the event area for the night?
No, you don't have to stay on the event area for the night...
There are hotels within walking distance and campings within 5KM drive from the event area.
See above hotel and camping info.
Can I stay till monday?
There will be NO camping on Sunday night.
We advise you to book a camping 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 and also have discussed discounts with several hotels very close by the show-area!
When booking directly true our website you will automatically be receiving this discount.
If your not booking online for what ever reason please try to use this discount code: BENPON2018.

Host Hotels:

Mercure Hotel
Only 1,1 KM from the show! Non privante but inside parking.
Book your room via this link and receive a dicount (if asked for use the CORPORATE CODE 1804).
NH Hotel
Only 1,9 KM form the show! Including privante and inside parking.
Book your room via this link and receive a dicount (scroll down to book).
Other hotels in the area
Here is an overview: CLICK HERE. Remember, we don't have any agreements with these other hotels, but they will be happy to serve you.

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?
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. The swapmeet area will be getting a new location on sight comparing to 2014. As the industrial WWP area has been slightly changed and developed over the last 4 years.
Please be there on Saturday morning at 07.00 to get your stand ready you must provide your own shelter and electricity.
The show opens for public at 10.00 o’clock. 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.

Limited Space?
Remember, this meeting takes place in the city centre of Amersfoort and space is limited and everyone want’s to enjoy and participate the show, so let’s make it work and fit.
On Site Camping plot is 4,5x4,5 meters. Meaning you can park you car and next to that you have space for a little tent and a table and some chairs.

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 Thursday, May 17th.

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