Here’s a sneaky peek at the cover of the August 2020 issue of VolksWorld Magazine, which is OUT NOW!

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Welcome to the August 2020 issue….

Under new management

Well, where do I begin? Since the last issue of VolksWorld hit the shelves, the world has changed in ways few of us could have predicted or ever imagined possible. The global pandemic has forced us to rethink the way we interact and communicate for the foreseeable future, and the repercussions are being felt in all walks of life.

The impact on the world of magazines was felt on many levels. Not least the closure of the vast majority of retail outlets for newspapers and magazines. Supermarkets remained open, but people were more concerned about hoarding toilet paper than printed paper in those aisles.

Fortunately, the World Wide Web provided an alternative outlet for not only digital products, but also traditional printed mags, too. Buying a single issue online, or signing up for a subscription via proved the ideal solution for many. Who knows, perhaps the ‘new normal’ might be online purchases and magazines delivered directly to your door?

As for the VW show season. Well, all I can say is ‘watch this space’ as the way things are going the re-scheduled VolksWorld Show (October 3-4) could end up being the season opener…

Shipshape and Bristol

But enough already with the global news, let’s talk about the recent changes here at VolksWorld HQ. In the April issue, Ian Cushway announced that, following four fun-filled years at the helm of the good ship VolksWorld, he was ready for a new challenge and would be exploring fresh waters as the new skipper of HMS Camper & Bus. As a result, this is my first issue as editor of VolksWorld although, as I’m sure some of you will know, it’s not my first rodeo. To recap, I started my editorial career around two decades ago as staff writer on this very magazine. From there, I went on to launch Ultra VW, which I edited for 15 years, before spending the past few years contributing to VolksWorld and a few other VW & Porsche titles and editing VWt magazine.

And if there’s one thing I’ve learnt over the years, it’s that it takes a skilled and talented team to produce a great magazine. Hence my first priority on VolksWorld was to gather what I consider to be an all-star cast of VW scene writers, photographers and experts. It was like getting the band back together in some senses as I knew the guys that worked with me on Ultra VW (Dokke Sahertian and Stephan Szantai) were made of the right stuff, but why stop there? Next up, the man that launched VolksWorld (and co-launched Ultra VW), wrote the ‘Cal Look Bible’ and helped forge the VW scene we know and love today. Keith Seume has kindly agreed to join the ‘dream team’ of contributors, along with two other ex-VolksWorld editors, James Peene and Ivan McCutcheon. James has contributed some material for this issue, while Ivan is currently working on some features that will be coming your way soon.

My break at VolksWorld came about when long-term staffer, Mike Pye, announced he was heading off to explore South America (circa 2000/’01). Fast forward to 2018 and, to my surprise, Mike and I ended up working together at VWt magazine. It was great to be working with a fellow VW enthusiast again and it goes without saying that Mike was the first person I asked to come on board at VolksWorld. In fact, I couldn’t think of a more knowledgeable or skilled sub editor. The dream team was fast taking shape.

And there’s more…

Inside this issue you’ll find a column written by the man that came up with the whole Bug Jam concept, a feature on which appeared in the first ever issue of VolksWorld, Mr. Brett Hawksbee. Also joining the team is perhaps the most respected VW toy and collectibles guru in the world, Bob Gilmore. And let’s not forget some familiar faces such as Richard Gunn, who will continue to cover the historical side of things, and published author, Mark Walker, whose tech tales have graced these pages for some time now.

When you add on the extended family of photographers and contributors, including those I’ve missed or forgotten, I think you’ll agree we have quite a star-studded line up of VW journalists, authors, snappers, historical experts and experienced mechanics on board, and I hope you’ll enjoy everything we have in store for you in the future.

Paul Knight, Editor, VolksWorld