Tossa de Mar meeting was born out of a love story, which started in
1994 when Juan Giménez, owner of the Sa Palma restaurant in
Tossa, gave his wife Carmen a VW Beetle as a present. With the VW,
he promised her that he would gather in Tossa de Mar more beetles
that she could imagine. He made a call in the press and radio to all
beetle owners; more than 100 VW fans went to Tossa with their cars.
Seeing the success,
he decided to make it an annual event, so the meeting grew up progressively
untill it became one of the main VW meetings in Spain. To get on with
the project, Juan created the Käfer Club Tossa - Costa Brava,
which took care of the organisation of the meeting with the help in
the first editions of the Scarwalles Club and later of the Amics del
Volkswagen de Catalunya.
Later, Juan could
not continue organising the meeting, but the Tossa de Mar council
didn't want the event to die, then the Tossa Moto Club suggested to
contact Amics del Volkswagen de Catalunya, remembering the past collaboration,
and the fact that they hadn't missed a single edition of the meeting.
The proposal was accepted, but with the challenge of converting that
Sunday meeting in a two-day meeting like the big european events,
and this was made possible thanks to the implication of the Club Aire
Libre and Camping Cala Llevadó from Tossa de Mar, that offered
their magnificient facilities.
Since 2001 the general
organisation of the meeting relies totally in Amics del Volkswagen de
Catalunya, who have given the meeting the unmistakable flavour that
has now: the philosophy of the meeting is to leave at home the everyday
problems and to submerge in a restless activity weekend for all tastes..
the large participant afluence, which is bigger every year, the meeting begins on Friday with the reception and
inscription of participants, some of who travel long distance and this
way exploit the weekend to the maximum. In fact, for a lot of people
the meeting begins even before getting on the car, with the preparation
of the famous "Suitcase", this means bringing an old suitccase,
which you need to fill with the most bizarre objects imaginable, following
the list which appears in the programme. From the very moment the participants
arrive to the inscription point, the fun begins, there the verification
of the vehicle and the "Suitcase" is made, and usually the
participants blow all the expectations fulfilling the most strange requests
made by the "evil" minds of the organisators.
bulk of the activities concentrates in the two following days: on Saturday
morning, in addition to continue the inscriptions of the arriving participants,
there is an adventure raid that delights young and old alike. After
lunch, the touristic rallye in the countryside of La Selva, where in
addition to a good navigator to follow the roadbook and a good sense
of orientation, the participants need to have hability to pass the different
trials and also a good sense of humor, as show most participants, who
go disguised according to the theme chosen for every edition.
a good dinner, the activity moves to the disco, where the winners of
the rallye, the verifications and the adventure raid get their awards.
Those who wish so can continue the party till late and, they can even
participate in the famous "Picada bath"
is the most crowded day of the meeting, to the weekend participants
those who arrive on Sunday must be added; cars are exposed in the center
of Tossa, where they can be admired by everybody, including the implacable
jury, that decides who are the vehicles that will take home the trophies
(every year there is more competition). In addition to the cars, we
find different VW shops selling parts and gadgets for all tastes and
pockets. One of the most spectacular activities are the different drag
races, slowness and skill tests. After all this emotions, all the cars
cruise down the streets of Tossa de Mar, to get to the place where the
lunch is given. Afterwards, the meeting ends with the trophy awards
and the rafle of differetn presents and gifts of the sponsors.
more photos of other editions (2001 - 2016)