Saturday, 25 June 2016

VW Expo 2016 - Stonor Park (part 2 of 2)

Welcome to the second instalment about the VW Expo show organised by the Association of British VW Clubs and held in the beautiful setting of Stonor Park, which is located in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. Stonor Park has been the home of the Stonor family for over 800 years, and the magnificent house was built around 1190. The house contains many rare items of furniture and paintings and is open to the public on the Sunday afternoon of the show. The entry ticket to the show allows you to visit the spectacular house. The show, now in it's 32nd year is always very well attended and attracts thousands of visitors / entrants. The show has numerous things going on including: Concours d'Elgance, club displays, miss VW competition, trade stands and an auto jumble. This is always a very well attended show, and I know of at least 6 Volkswagen clubs that attend every year. A few of the Outcast VW club members had arranged to meet up at 09.00 to have a small cruise down to the show on the Sunday morning. The blog review continues as I wander around the show and shine field, basking in the glorious sunshine.
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There were several Porsche 356's at the VW
Expo show, including this lovely cream coloured
beauty. I think this 1600 super 2 door roadster
was a replica because the registration number
plate denotes it's a 1969, and they only made
the 356 until 1965. 

Being a replica does not in any way effect the
desirability of this stunning car. The build quality
and finish was outstanding and every detail was
'just right'. This is seriously lowered and I thought
it must have air ride suspension, but I caught
sight of this car leaving the show field and it
drove across the bumpy field at this height!

Simple and elegant interior of the Porsche 356.
On a sunny Sunday afternoon, wouldn't you just
love to cruise around in this beautiful car?

This super straight and super shiny 1964 rag 
top bug caught my eye with it's perfect gloss
black paint. The paint was that good it actually 
looked as though it was still wet.  

 I instantly recognised this 1971 road / race
beetle. It belongs to Jonny, a mate of mine who
is a member of a local VW club called The
Wolfsburg Weed Huggers based in Penn, in
Bucks.

Jonny's radical bug which he built himself has 
been named 'Miss White Racing' and it even 
has it's own Facebook page.

Miss White has a 2165cc engine and with this
power Jonny normally gets down the 1/4 mile 
strip in the low 15 second mark.

This stunning Porsche 550 Spyder, was I think
another replica, but again it was so well built it
was really hard to tell. The 550 was produced
from 1953 - 1956. The Spyder's styling was
inspired by the 356, and designed specifically 
for racing. The 550 Spyder was first
introduced at the Paris motor show in 1953

This is the same car that James Dean had, and
died in after being involved in a traffic accident.
Dean called his 550 Spyder "Little Bastard". 

On the track all the racing Spyders were 
predominately painted silver with only the tail 
spears painted with splashes of colour to enable 
them to be identified from the pits.

The unusual feature, compared to other race
cars of the time was that the 550 could be driven
to the track, raced, and then driven home showing
it's flexibility of being both a road and race car.

Yet another stunning Porsche 356A speedster 
that looked fantastic in it's yellow paint. This one 
has an age related number plate so it could be a 
real one..? I did like the original Porsche nipple 
hub caps. 

These really are lovely looking cars, especially
 when they are so straight and clean as this one.

A 100% perfect reflection of gorgeous Porsche 
356A on the side of a 1965 split screen bus. 
Body work just doesn't come any straighter than 
this. The brown paint on the bus provides a 
perfect background for the yellow reflection of
 the Porsche.

The front of this old splitty wasn't too bad either!
This bus really was so straight and smooth.

Not only did this bus have a beautiful exterior, but
it also had a beautiful interior. 

This 1971 Volks rod, in satin black with hot rod
style red painted steel wheels looked really cool.
It has had a serious roof chop which makes this
bug look low and sleek.

The rear end was really nice, I did like the huge
rear tyres on those deep dish banded steel
wheels. I also liked the lack of bodywork and the
way the deck lid seems to float in mid air.

This gorgeous crew cab pick up was up for sale,
it's a 1975, with an early bay front clip, it had a
1741cc engine that has done less than 2000
miles, and it has 90% of new parts. I didn't find
out how much the owner wanted for this lovely
bus, but I guess as the saying goes, " if you
have to ask how much, you can't afford it"

This awesome T25 syncro was one of my top
5 vehicles of the show. It had a whopping 2.8
litre Audi engine bolted into the engine bay. it
also had a full roll cage through the length of the
van 

This lovely syncro has competed in various off
road rallies across the world. If I remember
correctly, the tube hanging down from the rear
door sits onto the radiator when the door is
closed and a powerful fan sucks air from
outside through the tube to cool the radiator.

The owner of this early bug had been at the show
all weekend and had a neat camping facility.
These roof tents are so cool and save towing a
trailer around.

This lovely patina'd 1963 SO33 split screen was
another vehicle up for sale. The OG engine
 runs really nice and the bus drives well. 

The patina is just as it should be, and the unusual
steel sun roof made this bus just that bit different.

A better look at the original interior which was
in really good condition considering the age of
the bus, and that really cool opening sun roof.

This 1971 buggy really stood out with its old 
skool gold metal flake paint that sparkled in the
sunshine. The Empi 5 spoke wheels finished
off the look perfectly.

These buggies really are such a simple design
that have stood the test of time since Bruce
Meyers first started to produce the buggy way
back in 1964. The design has changed very
little, if at all which is a great testament to
Bruce Meyers.

The standard air-cooled engine is enough to
power these lightweight buggies, but you can
always dress up your engine like this owner
has done to a very high standard.

The VW Expo show is located deep within the
rolling hills of deepest Oxfordshire, which is an
ideal location for a Volkswagen show.

Just some of the exhibitors in the show and shine
field. The weather was glorious and the number
of vehicles was in the thousands.

As you can see from the photos, Stonor Park
has numerous sloping fields, which when wet

can be tricky. It had rained in the days before the
show and the grass was still slippery in places. 
The owner of this lovely single cab had trouble 
reversing up the hill due to the lack of weight at 
the back and just couldn't get any traction.

But luckily his mate in an early bay was on hand
to tow him onto the gravel road that runs through
the Stonor estate. It's all about team work !

I spotted one of my facebook friends John, who
was cruising around the show in his gorgeous
1967 beetle. I'm not sure if he had just arrived 
or was leaving but it was nice to know he 
attended this great local show. It was just a
shame we didn't 'bump' into each other.

I spotted this old Notchback on the back of a
trailer. It needed a full restoration but the owner
was saying that the engine and gearbox were 
both good. It did need almost every panel 
replacing or repairing but for £1650 it could be
a good buy for someone.


The owner was right about it needing a full
restoration, but the car did have potential for
someone who wanted a 'project'. I did like the

old skool flames down the side of this notch.

So that was part 2 of 3 about the VW Expo.
The 3rd and final instalment will be next
Saturday, where you can see plenty more
quality air cooled vehicles including bugs,
buses and a cool Trekker, fast backs, notch
backs and so much more. So don't forget
to come back next week.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

VW Expo,2016 - Stonor Park (part 1 of 2)

This week's blog is all about the VW Expo show organised by the Association of British VW Clubs and held in the beautiful setting of Stonor Park, which is located in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. Stonor Park has been the home of the Stonor family for over 800 years, and the magnificent house was built around 1190. The house contains many rare items of furniture and paintings and is open to the public on the Sunday afternoon of the show. The entry ticket to the show allows you access to the spectacular house. The show, now in it's 32nd year is always very well attended and attracts thousands of visitors / entrants. The show has numerous things going on during the day including: Concours d'Elgance, club displays, miss VW, trade stands and an auto jumble. This is always a very well attended show, and very local to me as it's only 22 miles from my hometown. I know of at least 6 local Volkswagen clubs that attend this show every year. A few of the Outcast VW club members had arranged to meet up at 09.00 at the local superstore to have a small cruise down to the show on the Sunday morning.
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I was the first to arrive at the meeting point at
08.40am. The weather forecast was very good
with a high of 24c (75f) but the sky was grey,
and it was chilly and overcast as I pulled up.
 Hopefully the forecasters would be right and
 it'll brighten up later.

After a few minutes some other members of the
Outcast VW Club arrived. Claude and Jean
arrived in Claude's low light Karmann, Kevin
came in the baja, and Simon and Amanda in their
silver golf.

Whilst we waited for a few minutes to see if
any other members would be joining us, Claude
couldn't resist trying out Kevin's baja for size.

Kevin has this car up for sale and was going to
park it in the 'For sale' section of the VW Expo
show at Stonor Park.

After a short (45 minute) cruise to Stonor Park
we arrived and parked up in our appropriate
place. I parked my 1969 microbus alongside
the Wolfsburg Bus Crew line up.

Claude parked his 1958 RAT look low light
Karmann Ghia alongside all the other KG's.
Claude likes the RAT look on his Karmann, and
intends to keep it looking like this.

Claude's low light certainly stood out, not only
because it was the only RAT look Ghia in the
line up, but also because it was the lowest!
The narrowed front beam and being so low
makes it look as though the front end is actually
touching the ground.

Looking over Claude's Karmann at some of the 
other Ghia's, and although it's still early in the 
morning the show and shine field is starting
 to fill up with all varieties of Volkswagen.

Claude had parked next to another 1958 KG,
which was is in a 'show winner' condition and
the owner and Claude soon started chatting.
The difference between a show winner and
a RAT look is very apparent in this photo.

This is another early Karmann made sometime
between 1955 -1959 (due to it's small rear light
cluster) and it was very low and very clean.

The lovely original looking interior was as nice
as the outside. The red vinyl seats suited the
silver interior perfectly. 

In the immaculate engine compartment this 
Karmann was hiding a very sought after
accessory within the Volkswagen community, a 
 speedwell supercharger.

Yep, definitely a Speedwell supercharger.

This stunning blue beetle was parked next to
the auto jumble and looked amazing. It looked
to be 100% original. This really was a very
clean and straight beetle.

The blue colour, which looks like Iris blue or
something similar was flawless and so were
the perfectly straight body panels.

This old bug sat nice and high and looked so
much better for it. This really could have just
driven out of a Volkswagen dealership.

Wandering through the auto jumble I spotted
this child's pedal aeroplane. At first I thought
it may be a Murray Viktor Schrekengost original,
which would be worth a small fortune, but it
turned out to be a very nice reproduction. 

This really was cool, even if it wasn't original. If I 
had any children this is the sort of toys they would 
have even if it did have a price tag of £340.!

Here is a bus I instantly recognised it's a 1970
RAT look early bay belonging to Brett who 
went down to the show with his partner, Ellie 
May. This bus has a 2054cc motor and does
go as well as you think it should with that size
 engine. Brett often comes over to the Outcast 
VW Club meets in his lovely old bus.

I do like a sign written early split screen panel
van and this lovely bus fitted the bill. This bus
has to be riding on air suspension, as it's so
low. I did like the truck style mirrors and the
overall look on this cool panel van.

This really is a nice bus, and the sign writing
just makes it look so much better.

This immaculate Dormobile looked amazing.
No expense had been spared to get this bus
to this fantastic condition.

The bus had been so well restored, and looked
all the better for it. I did like the opening rear
window which is quite rare over here in the U.K.

The owner had been at the show for the week-
end and obviously travels light. Why take up 
space with all the non essentials when all you 
need is a toothbrush, especially as the bus 
already has a ready made toothbrush holder!

A lovely pair of RAT looks split screen buses
parked up at the VW Expo show.

This very RAT looking 1962 double door split 
screen panel van looked great. It was pushed
along by a big 2276cc motor with a T3 / T4 
hideaway hybrid turbo (which breaths outside
 the body) so I bet it goes quite well. I did like
 the full length roof rack and the tatty looking
 body panels.

This white over green 1966 split screen was
parked up under a tree, tying to get some 
shade. This high riding RAT look bus really
did look nice.

On the other end of the scale from the RAT
look is this gorgeous blue early split screen
panel van, nicknamed 'Woody'. I did like the
colour coded bumpers and the safari screens.

The interior was built to look like a western
saloon, and it was really well done. It was very
refreshing to see something completely different
on an interior of a bus.

Another split screen panel van that caught my
eye was this lovely 1967 sign written van. What
better way to promote your business than on a
lovely classic Volkswagen split screen van.

This gorgeous 1964 split screen was stunning.
It was riding at what looks standard height and
so clean and straight. I did like the Canterbury
Pit Pop Top (I think) and the overall look.

The 21 window split screen is the most iconic
Volkswagen of them all, with photo's of it on
almost anything and everything and looking at
this stunning example it's easy to see why.

Just a handful of split screens that attended
the VW Expo at Stonor Park. The variety of
not only air-cooled Volkswagen's but also
water cooled VW's that turned up at the show
was amazing.

I instantly recognised this lovely 1961 split 
screen single cab pick up, it belongs to a mate 
of mine called Josh, who is a member of the
 House of Dub VW Club. This bus is originally
from Peru, then it moved to the West Coast
of America before finally arriving in the U.K. 
It has an 1841cc engine and has been seriously
 lowered.

So many split screens at the show yet every-
one was different from the last.

This type 166 Schwimmwagon is very rare.
The name Shwimmwagon translated literally
 means floating / swimming car. They were only
produced from 1941 - 1944 and used exclusively
by the German ground forces during the second
world war.

These cool looking amphibious cars had such
a simple design. When driving on the road it
was a normal vehicle, when crossing water a
simple screw propeller could be lowered from
the rear deck engine cover,  thus engaging a
 simple coupling that provided drive straight
from the engines crankshaft.  

This one had every original accessory still on
the vehicle except the machine gun, which the
owner decided to take off, although the mounting

 bracket is still there. 

Fully enclosed engine, for obvious reasons.
The 1131cc, 25hp engine wasn't the fastest
but the Schwimmwagon was very versatile.

The quality and diversity of the cars on show
at Stonor Park was amazing. This is a great
show that is always very well attended by both
participants and the public.

This lovely 1956 pastel green oval window
 beetle looked amazing. It's a Swedish import
 that still has the original working semaphores.

The old '56 sits down in the weeds thanks to a 
4" narrowed bean with 2.5" drop spindles. I do
like the colour of this bug, and it's general look.

This lovely 1971 beetle has featured several
times on my blog over the years and it's easy
 to see why. The unusual colour and the cool
pinstripe detailing help to make this beetle 
stand out from the crowd.

Talking of standing out in the crowd, this 1967
stain black bug certainly did that. It's satin
black paint with the contrasting red painted
steel wheels and very low stance looked great.
I'm sure I saw this bug at Chiltern Hills Classic
Car rally a few weeks ago...?

This super bright mint green 1972 beetle was
another vehicle that stood out in the bright 
sunshine. This super straight bug was spotless
 and the chrome was like new. I did like the 3rd 
central over rider on the towel rail bumper and 
the twin rectangular yellow spot lights.

It's all about the detailing and this bug had 
plenty of it, including the inside of the sloping
headlights which were painted in the gorgeous
green body colour. 

It was a shame the deck wasn't painted the
same colour as the rest of the body, but there
must be a good reason why, and it didn't really
effect the overall look of this bug. I did like the
clear rear light lenses.

That was part one of three all about the VW
Expo at Stonor park. Be sure to come back next 
next Saturday where you'll be able to see many 
more quality classic air-cooled Volkswagen's.