Saturday, 13 December 2014

Watford Rods show 2014

Back in May this year a few members of the Outcast VW Club, including Matthew and Caroline, Claude and Jean, and I went to the Stanford Hall VW Show, (check out my review here: ) and on the same day the Watford Hot Rod Club were holding their show and shine day. The Watford Rods hold their annual show and shine day in association with the Beaconsfield Classic Car show and this is a good little show which is quite near to our hometown and normally has a good selection of hot rods & customs. They have several rockabilly bands playing live all day and also have trade stands and an auto jumble. Claude and his partner Jean and I decided to leave the Stanford Hall show slightly earlier than normal and drive the 77 miles from Stanford Hall in Lutterworth to Beaconsfield in Bucks where the show was being held. Unfortunately we left later than expected and by the time we arrived at the Watford Rods venue a lot of the vehicles had either left or were leaving, but luckily there were still a few hot rods for us to look at. To see just how good this show normally is, check out my review from last year here:
Claude's 1960 kombi and my 1969 early bay
parked up at the Watford Rods show. You can
see how empty the show and shine field is
behind us.

The first car we saw was this Vauxhall PA
Cresta, and these were the British rodders
favourite car back in the1970's. The PA Cresta
was Britain's answer to the 1957 Chevrolet
with similar body style and the trademark Chevy
rear tail fins. The PA was produced from 1957
- 1962 when it was proceeded by the PB Cresta. 

This steel bodied Model 'A' roadster has been
at the Watford rods show for the past few years
and I never get tired of looking at it. It is totally
original including the chassis, brakes, steering
and the engine.

This really is one of my favourite rods,and I
just love everything about it.

I spotted this truck and trailer just as this
awesome chopper was being loaded. From the
quick look I got of this chopper, it looked an
stunning bike with an awesome flamed paint

Not all the quality rods had gone as this lovely
1932 hi-boy proves. Finished in stunning red
with a black hood, I did start to count the
louvres in the boot lid, but gave up... suffice
to say, there were lots.

OK, it's not an original '32 dash or steering
wheel but the combination did look good.
Interior was as immaculate as the outside, I
love the black and red tuck and roll vinyl
upholstery and matching door cards.

Such a pretty car with out the hood and minus
the front and rear fenders. A drilled chrome
I beam holds the front up and what looks like
1940's drum brakes help this roadster stop.

The motor looks like a small block Chevy with
quad carbs. I did like the polished accessories
including the coil cover, the alternator and the
front pulley's. The finish on that chassis is
amazing as is the rest of the paintwork.

Another angle of this '32, it does look tough
from this angle. Lovely big and little painted
steel wheels with those large rear tyres make
this car stand out

A lovely 1950 Chevrolet 310 pick up truck, it's
been lowered and had some cool sign writing
done on the cab doors, and with that dark grey
satin finish body with the red steel wheels with
white wall tyres, what else could you possibly

A mid 1950's Ford Popular in bright red and
with a standard height roof. Lovely chrome
5 spoke wheels contrast the paint nicely.

The classic shape of the Ford 'Popular'. This
one has widened front and rear wings, this is
normally because the new donor suspension
for the front and rear is wider than the original.
The bright red gloss paint looked so nice in
the summer sunshine.

 A 1934 fully fendered Ford, in white with a
yellow / orange decal down the side and running
on chrome 5 spoke wheels. Such a smooth
looking car with flowing contours.

A very unusual colour for this 1932 Ford 5
window coupe. It reminds me of the blackcurrant
chewy sweets you can get and to be honest I
like this colour. It has the classic hot rod red steel
wheels with white wall tyres. Looking at the square
profile of those rear tyres they look like radial tyres
which are period, this really is one nice hot rod.

So that was a quick look at the Watford Rods
Show 2014. It's a shame Claude, Jean and I
got there a bit late because in past years
the show and shine field has been packed
with quality rods, trucks and bikes. It is
frustrating that so many VW and hot rod
shows fall on the same day / weekend as
this limits what shows you can attend, but I
guess that's never change due to the short
summer season we have over there in the U.K.
Here's looking forward to next years Watford
Rods show day.

 If you want to see plenty more reviews on other
 VW shows and events, you can find them all in
'My Blog Archive' to the top left of this page. Simply
click on an arrow next to a particular year, then
click on an arrow for a particular month and this
will give you a drop down menu for all my
blog entries for that month.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Outcast VW Club monthly meet.

This months Outcast VW club meet was as usual, held on the first Thursday of the month at the Charter Bar and Restaurant on the Bicester Road, in Aylesbury from 7.00pm. Considering the weather has taken a turn for the worst, with the temperature dropping quite substantially I wasn't sure how many club members would turn up, but I had no need to doubt the loyalty of the Outcast members.

Gary braved the poor weather and came over
to our club meet in his lovely 1971 crossover 
bay window.

Gary and his family have clocked up some
serious mileage in the short time they have
owned their bus.

Sitting as they should, at stock height. Having
a bus lowered looks better but it does effect
the practicality of the bus.

Kevin came along in his wife's 1990 Mk2 GTI

This is normally such an immaculate car, that
I think Kevin must have taken the short cut
across the fields to get here tonight. I think
Kev could be car washing at the weekend. !

Simon and Amanda came along in Simon's
1997 T4, Simon was showing off his new head
light clusters, captains seats and interior light,
small changes that make all the difference.

This bus is also Simon and Amanda's work
vehicle for their company 'Cushty n retro'.

Sam and his Dad Kevin, came along in Sam's
1969 off road Beetle.

I do like the look of Sam's Bug, and when
Kevin also brings his off road trial Beetle along
to the club meet, they just add more variety to
our members quality vehicle line up.

Stuart left his 1970 Beetle at home and came
along in his 1671cc turbo powered 1971 Bay.

It looks as though Stuart is getting his early
bay ready for a new coat of paint.

My 1969 Bay window, minus the roof rack
which I have taken off for the winter, to try to
protect the wood slats from the harsh British

The rear end of my bay, I recently had the rear
window rubber seal replaced as the old one
was leaking. It was surprising just how much
water can get in from such a small leak.

Mindy and Lee came along to their first club
meet in Mindy's 1966 Beetle.

This is a really nice looking Bug, that has just
undergone a complete rebuild with work from
our own resident VW mechanic, Stuart from
Oil Droppers.

Claude and his partner Jean came along in
Claude's daily driver as he has just dropped
his 1960 split screen kombi off at  the 'Paint
Shop Pro's' to get some of the bodywork
imperfections touched up. 

So that was the December Outcast monthly
club meet, It was as usual a good turn out
of club members, especially those who came
in their prized air cooled vee dubs as it was
a cold, wet and dark evening. There were
also a few members who turned up but I
didn't get a photo of their daily drivers,
including, Dave and Angela and Gavin.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

50,000 views, how we got here.

On Saturday 22nd November my blog, 'My 1969 VW Microbus' which was started back in September 2011 as just a bit of fun had reached a massive 50,000 views. This is truly an incredible number that I find it hard to get my head around. I never thought for a moment when I was writing the blog entries back in the early day's that anyone would be interested in where I go, what I do and who I meet when I'm out and about in my old VW microbus, but it looks like I was so wrong. I have to admit that the blog entries in those early days were not very well written and did not include a lot of content, this is because I just thought that 1 or maybe 2 people, who I'll probably know anyway would read what I was writing. To celebrate the 50,000 views I have created a montage of some my favourite photo's from over the past 3 years. A single photo (or maybe two) from every month since the blog was started. Some months have 5 or 6 blog entries, but I have selected just one or two photos from each month. If you want to see all the blog entries simply go to 'My Blog Archive' to the left of this page. Simply click on the arrow for a particular year, then click on an arrow for a particular month and this will display a drop down menu for all the blog entries for that particular month.

A screen shot I never dreamt I would ever
see on my blog, 50,000 views. I find it really
difficult to get my head around that vast number.
It is of course thanks to you the reader, that my
blog is doing so well, so thank you to everyone
who has visited my blog, whether you visited just
the once or whether you are a regular reader, I
cannot thank you all enough.

2011 September - I first saw 'my' 1969 Bay at
a House of Dub VW Club meet where friends
of mine Zoe and Spike had imported her from
California. Having sold my '67 Beetle I was
chatting to Zoe and mentioned that I was on
the look out for a bus, and after a small amount
of haggling, a deal was stuck.

2011 September - After collecting my newly
lowered bus from the House of Dub, the very
next day my mate Stuart and I drove down to
the Beach Buggin show in Portsmouth. A maiden
voyage of about 200 miles, and my bus drove
like a dream and never missed a beat.

2011 October - The Brighton Breeze. Claude
and I driving on the M25 motorway en-route
to Brighton. This year we had a convoy of
about 9 vehicles going to this brilliant show,
a number which has not been matched since.

2012 February - Not much VW action due to
the snowfall which was for us, quite heavy.
This is probably the first time in 43 years
my bus has seen snow due to being a
Californian import.

2012 March - The weather was better so we
had a drive out to the world famous Ace Cafe
for the monthly air cooled night.

2012 March - The Volkswagen season kicks
off in the U.K with the Volksworld Show, at
Sandown Park. This is always a great show
with plenty of quality show cars and plenty
of European exhibitors also attending.

2012 April - It was time for "Fiona's" 2nd
M.O.T. since arriving in the U.K and the first
one since I have owned her. I was a bit nervous
but needn't have worried as she flew straight
through with flying colours, one of the benefits
of buying a U.S. import.

2012 April - A few of the Outcast VW club
members had a drive over to the House of
Dub VW Club's monthly meet. Here is Stuart's
 '67 Beetle with Zoe's '80 Beetle.

2012 May - This month we popped over to the
Beaconsfield Classic Car and Bike Show, in
association with Watford Rods. This is a great
show that's local and has some awesome hot
rods and classic cars.

2012 June - The N.S.R.A. (National Hot Rod
Association) hold their 40th anniversary bash
at Billing Aquadrome in this month. There really
was some quality hot rods at this awesome event.

2012 July - Some of the Outcast VW club
joined members of the House of Dub VW club
at Camper Jam. A weekend VW festival held
at Weston Park in Shropshire. More quality
VW's and an all round fantastic weekend.

2012 August - One of my personal favourite
shows, Beach Buggin. A day day event on the
South Coast and only a stone's throw from the
beach. Loads of quality VW's including of course
plenty of beach buggies.

2012 August - Also in this month a few of the
Outcast VW club members had a short drive
over to the Brill Fun Day with Classic Car
show. A really good one day show with plenty
of classics and even a few Volkswagen's.

2012 September - This month James, Helen
and I had a day out at Santa Pod Raceway
 for the 'VW Action' show. VW Action claims to
be the world's longest running VW show, and as
well as the usual show attractions you also get
some cool VW drag racing here.

2012 September - Also in this month Stuart
and I headed off to Avon Park Raceway to go
to the N.R.S.A. Hot Rod Drags for more drag
racing, this time mostly classic hot rods.

2012 October - In the scorching October heat
some of the Outcast VW Club members head
off to the Brighton Breeze, a one day VW event
held in Brighton, West Sussex. Amazing
weather and amazing vehicles.

2012 November - Claude and I headed off
into West London to attend the Split Screen
Van Club's autumn jumble at The Ace Cafe.
This is a well attended event with traders
coming from not only the U.K but also all
over Europe to sell their parts and accessories.

2013 February -  January was a quiet month
due to the weather but in February we saw a
new bay window in town. Friends of mine Andy
and Anneliese finally got their hands on a lovely
baby blue bay to go with Andy's blue split screen.

2013 March - The VW season kicks off
with the Volksworld show at Sandown Park
Race course. This show displays only the
top quality VW's from the U.K. and Europe. 

2013 March - Also in this month my blog hit
10,000 views, a figure that I could only dream
of back then.

2013 April - This month I headed over to the
House of Dub VW club monthly meet. It was
a new venue this month, a lovely little pub on
the side of the canal. Great Volkswagen's and
great friends.

2013 May - This month I headed back over to
Beaconsfield for the annual Classic Car and
Bike Show. This cracking little show was full
of hot rods, classic bikes and cars.

2013 June - In the June sunshine some of the
Outcast VW Club headed off to the Wolfsburg
Weed Huggers 'Lazy Day' a one day show with
all monies going to a local children's charity.
This local show was full of quality VW's.

2013 July - This was a scorching month and
what could be better than spending a few nights
away camping at 'CamperJam' with the 'House
of Dub' VW club members. A fantastic weekend
with fantastic people.

2013 August - With the sun still beating down
on the U.K  I headed south towards the Beach
Buggin show in Portsmouth. This really is one
of my favourite shows of the year, and only a
stones throw from the beach.

2013 September - The House of Dub 'Open
Day' is an annual event in this month. It's local,
it's friendly and it has some real quality VW's.
These 3 buses are just a small selection of
what the House of Dub have recently imported.

2013 October - Another of my favourite shows
is Brighton Breeze, a one day show on the sea
front in Brighton, West Sussex organised by the
Split Screen Van Club. A lovely show right next
to the beach.

2013 November - This month is traditionally
quiet on the VW scene so I thought I would
share some photo's of my old Ford Pop (s)
and a little insight into my Hot Rod past.

2013 December - Winter has set in, so it's back
to drawing hot rod / VW signs, mostly just for
fun but sometimes on a commission basis.

2014 January - In the depth's of winter a few
of the Outcast VW Club still brought their VW's
to our monthly club meet.

2014 February - This month it's still a bit quite
on the VW scene, apart from the usual local
VW club meets so I have been doing some
more sign writing. This 8' long sign was made
for a good mate of mine in Germany.

2014 March - This month Matthew, Stuart and
I headed off to a photo shoot with the Wolfsburg
Weed Huggers VW Club. The photo shoot was
for the 'club section' of the Volksworld magazine.

2014 March - Also in this month we
headed for the Volksworld Show, and the
Volksworld girls at Sandown Racecourse.

2014 May - Matthew, Caroline and I headed
northwards to the Stanford Hall Show. This
one day show is set in the gorgeous grounds
of Stanford Hall and has a fantastic selection
of Volkswagen's.

2014 June - This month Claude and I had a
drive over to Billing Aquadrome to attend the
N.S.R.A. (National Street Rod Association)
Nationals to see some quality Hot Rods. Also
this month my blog reached 30,000 views.

2014 July - Some of the Outcast VW club crew
drove into north west London to visit the Ace
Cafe air cooled night where we met up with
some members of the House of Dub VW club.

2014 August - The Brill Classic Car and Bike
Show was in this month and a few of the local
VW owners took our VW classics to the show.

2014 September - This month I went to yet
another local show, the Chearsley Classic Car
Show. This is one of my favourite local shows.
Also in this month my blog reached 40,000

2014 October - October could only mean one
show, the Brighton Breeze. I travelled down
alone but I knew there would be plenty of
friendly familiar faces down there.

2014 October - Also in October Claude and 
I travelled up to Birmingham to attend the DTA
end of season meet. An amazing day out with
plenty of awesome air cooled Volkswagen's.

2014 November - The all new Slough Swap
Meet is back on the calendar and a few of the
Outcast VW club members had a drive down
to this cracking little event.

2014 November - Also in November Claude
and I attended the new Volkswagen dealership
opening in our hometown of Aylesbury.

So that is how my blog reached the magic
number of views, I hope you have enjoyed
my montage of just some of my favourite photos
from some of the shows and events that I have
attended over the past 3 years. Don't forget to
check out 'My Blog Archive' to see all my previous
entries. Once again, a big thank you to each and
everyone of you for visiting my blog, I hope you
continue to come back and here's to the next