Saturday, 18 October 2014

Brighton Breeze 2014. Part 3 of 3.

Welcome to the 3rd and final instalment of my review of 'The Brighton Breeze 2014', a one day Volkswagen show organised by the Split Screen Van Club (S.S.V.C.). The 'Breeze' is held on Maderia Drive in Brighton, West Sussex on England's south coast on the first weekend of October. This annual show is a well attended event with exhibitors not only attending from all over the U.K. but also from mainland Europe, especially from France, Belgium and Holland. Maderia Drive is about a mile long and is for the sole use of the show. This year the attendance figures of VW's was well over 1000 vehicles, with all types of Volkswagen's, both air-cooled and water cooled attending this event. My blog review continues as I wander along the Drive looking at all the Volkswagen's parked up. If you missed the first 2 instalments on this show you can find them, and all my other blog entries in 'My Blog Archive' to the left of this page. Simply click the arrow next to a year, then click on the arrow for a particular month and this give a drop down list of all my blog entries for that month.
This gorgeous early split screen looked great
with it's sign written body in a lovely shade of
blue. The narrowed front beam and low stance
added to the overall look of this bus.

This 1965 Beetle in a nice pastel yellow colour
looked like a cool resto with it's low stance and
Porsche hub caps. Sometimes, as this Bug
proves you don't always need flashy paint
and expensive wheels to have a cool
looking ride.

This 1967 early bug with a lovely grey patina
paint scheme, with a narrowed front beam and
sitting so low. I did like the Porsche head light
grills and the general overall look of this Beetle.

More patina paint on this 1966 split screen.
Patina is definitely in this year and I think it
looks great. I did like the VW stamped hub
caps on the painted steel wheels on this cool
looking bus.

Dave and Angela are from my hometown of
Aylesbury, and are fellow Outcast VW Club
members. They both went to the Breeze in
their very distinctive 'Comic Relief' Beetle.
This Bug was commissioned for the 'Red
Nose Day' fund raising event

This 1965 Split screen is so over the top, it's
brilliant. The black and flames paint scheme
reminds me of my Hot Rod past. This bus even
has the red painted steel wheels with chrome
beauty rings.

A gorgeous 1968 early bay panel van finished
a mango colour. The full length roof rack and
the super low stance, along with the colour
coded bumpers made this bay stand out from
the others along the sea front.

More Outcast VW Club members to attend the
Breeze were my old mate Stuart and his son
Tim. Both are also from Aylesbury who came
down at the last minute on the day. This is
Stuarts 1970 Beetle. Stuart also owns a 1971
Bay window.

Another very low early Bug with a very RAT
looking paint scheme. That narrowed front
beam looks good as do the Porsche wheels.
This Beetle had a Paris sun roof which added
to the lovely look of this car.

OK, it's not all painted and shiny, but as I keep
saying, sometimes you don't need the paint job
that costs thousands of pounds to look good,
and this Bug proves that point.

Having said that sometimes you don't need to
spend thousands of pounds on paint, wheels
etc, I think it may be a good idea to spend a
little bit of cash and get the upholstery sorted
as that drivers seat looks so uncomfortable.

Part 3 of my Breeze review seems to be all
Beetles, but that's OK. This 1965 Bug looked
good with it's unusual body colours. I did like
those yellow head lights and the single yellow
spot light.

This early Beetle came all the way to Brighton 
via the English Channel from Belgium, as did
many more vehicles. Again, this is nothing
flash or fancy, just a nice honest, good looking 

This lovely 1964 Beetle was awesome. Sitting
virtually on the ground with it's lovely looking
paint scheme and super narrowed front beam,
this Bug looked great. I did like the single spot
light facing sidewards and the missing horn grill.

From this angle you can see how low this Bug
sits and how narrow that front beam really is.
I did like this car, it definitely had a certain
something that appealed to me.

Kerry and Becky went down to Brighton on the
Friday night in Kerry's 1979 super clean late
bay and stayed over. Kerry and Becky are both
from my hometown and are Outcast VW Club
members. I never met the girls down at the show
due to the huge number of people that attend
this event. Unless you actually 'bump' into
someone you will never find them amongst
the huge crowds.

This gorgeous looking split screen was painted
in a dark purple base with lilac and blue flames.
The chrome tail rail bumpers and polished 5
spoke wheels add the necessary bright work.

A 1971 bay window finished in a stunning coat
of blue, with colour coded bumpers and matching
wheels. I did like the full length Paris sun roof on
this bus. This really is a nice, clean and tidy bus.

This late bay was immaculate and looked to be
totally original. The Westy interior was in the
same condition as it left the factory. The paint
and tyres were also just like new, in fact this
bay looked so clean it could have come out of
an advert for the type 2 camper van.

This lovely looking 1965 split screen belongs
Darren, a mate of mine who is from the
WGCVW club who are based in Hertfordshire.
Darren also owns a bay, and a 181 Trekker,
amongst other assorted air cooled VW's.

Another mate of mine, also from the WGCVW
club is Robert who went down in his 1983 blue
T25. The rain has just started so I think Robert
is searching for some wet weather gear.

The Brighton Breeze has numerous traders
selling everything from bumpers to baseball
capes, from tyres to t-shirts and everything
in between. One trader was selling some cool
cycles and this 1950's cycle caught my eye.

Made by 'Huffy' this Belair model was great. I
love the American 1950's styling regardless
of what the item is, maybe I was born too late.
I had to keep telling myself 'you have no where
to keep it'  to stop myself from buying this very
cool retro cycle!

This split screen (and the one next to it) had
a really cool set up with the fold away tent on
the roof. I'm not sure if this roof tent was made
by 'Air Camping' or not but it's a very similar
set up. This is a really cool sleeping solution
that you don't see everyday over here in
the U.K. which is a shame as I think they
are a great camping accessory.

My 1969 VW microbus parked up on Maderia
Drive. This photo was taken about 2.00pm and
the rain is getting heavier now, could be time to
go and get some shelter somewhere.

Stuart, Tim and I decided to go onto Brighton's
Pier to get some cover from the rain. This photo
shows how big this show really is. There were
2 lines of VW's from in front of the big wheel
right across to the edge of the photo on the right.

Around 3.30pm the rain was persistent so
Stuart, Tim and I decided to head for home as
it was showing no signs of easing. Stuart was
parked at the bottom of this hill, and as we
left he promptly ran out of fuel. He blamed
the fuel gauge as he said it was still reading a
quarter of a tank. (!) Luckily a fellow vdub
exhibitor saw what had happened and helped
out by giving Stuart some petrol.

Following Stuart out of Brighton and heading
for home, the city centre was still heaving with
VW's cruising the streets. It's a shame the rain
came but that's the risk you take by organising
a show on the sea front in October.

Thanks to Fiona from the Wolfsburg Weed
Huggers VW Club for this photo of (L to R)
Robert (AKA Bert), Pete and Darren, all
members of the Welwyn Garden City VW
Club. (WGCVW Club) The boys are proudly
showing off their Brighton Breeze Marshall t-
shirts... the things these boys will do for a
free t-shirt.!

This, and the following 7 photo's were kindly
submitted by Bert, which he must have
taken during his breaks from his marshaling
duties. A very artistic photo with the front
end of a late splitty, a Jack Russell dog
and glorious blue sky.
Another artistic split screen photo. It looks
as though Bert was taking photo's for a
split screen camper calender.

A lovely type 3 fastback in a stunning bright red.
I have to admit I don't remember seeing this car
at the show. That's why it's good to get photo's
submitted from other people, as they have probably
photographed vehicles that I missed or maybe
from a better angle.

Chromed domed hub caps are excellent for
getting that special photo, as Bert shows here.
Just a few of the vehicles that attended the

Another vehicle that I cannot remember
is this late split screen with the Union Jack
paint scheme with the zipper.

I think Bert must have been lying
down when he took this photo to show
just how low the split screen really was.

I think this is a photo of the campers who got
to the breeze on the Friday night and slept on
the sea front. The WGCVW Club vehicles
include the blue T25, beige T2, and the white
split screen.

The far end of the Breeze line up. The pier and
big wheel are way off in the distance, and the
2 lines of Volkswagen's start from in front of the
pier. The convoy of vehicles entering Maderia
Drive are still coming in.

So that was my blog review of The Brighton
Breeze 2014 organised by the S.S.V.C. To
conclude my review I have included a link
to a video of the Breeze from 2011,

The video was shot by a guy called Rob Nixon,
I don't know this guy, but this is a video I will
never get tired of watching as it sums up the
atmosphere at the Brighton Breeze perfectly
and it even has a cool sound track. Remember
if you missed the first 2 instalments of my blog
review about the Brighton Breeze, or you just
want to read any other of my reviews on shows
and events I have attended over the last 3
years simply go to 'My Blog Archive' to the left
of this page. Thanks, and I hope you have
enjoyed reading my blog reviews.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Brighton Breeze 2014, part 2 of 3

In part one of my Brighton Breeze review I said that parts 2 and 3 will be posted throughout the winter to give you the reader something to read once the VW season is over. However upon reflection I think maybe it's better to post the reviews while the show is still fresh in the minds of everyone that attended the show. So with that in mind... Welcome to part two of my blog review on the Brighton Breeze, a one day event organised by the Split Screen Van Club (S.S.V.C.). (If you missed part one of the review, you can find it in 'My Blog Archive' to the left of this page. You can also find previous posts here, simply click on the arrow against a particular year, then click on the arrow for the different months. This will then display all my posts for that month) The Brighton Breeze is held annually on the first Saturday of October, along Maderia Drive in Brighton, West Sussex. This a always a well attended event by both exhibitors and the public. This year I think I heard that something like 650 people had pre-booked to attend this event in their Volkswagen's, and a similar figure just turning up on the day, that is well over 1000 Volkswagen's, all in one place along a mile stretch of private road with the vast majority being air cooled VW's. As you would expect with an event organised by the S.S.V.C. there were plenty of split screen vans on the sea front. The blog review continues as I wander along Maderia Drive looking at all the vehicles on show.

The variety, the finish and the ride height of the
vehicles was immense. Here two very low split
screen's and parked up next to a high riding
bay window. This show really does have some-
thing for everyone, no matter what your into.

I have seen this 'Marmite' bus on several
occasions at different shows and events
 over the past few years and I think it looks
great. It's a 1963 split screen in black with
the 'Marmite' logo on the side. I love the
rounded rear wheel arches to accommodate
the larger wheels and tyres. People used
to do this way back to give a different gear
ratio and therefore a better top end speed.

As the 'Marmite' saying goes, " Either you love
it, or hate it" Well I don't love Marmite, but I do
love this bus.


I'm sure this is a Jurgen Autovilla in a lovely
olive green and white. I think I'm right in saying
that this is the bus that Karmann copied to
create the Karmann Gypsy. Whether I'm right
or wrong the main thing is, this is gorgeous.

These, along with the Karmann Gypsy are
getting rare and this one was in such good
condition. I would have loved to have had a
look inside, but had to make do with looking
through the windows. One day when my
lottery numbers come up, I will get one for sure.

This early bay is the same colour as my 1969
bay and I loved the hand painted flowers that
covered this bus. A very unique bus that has
a '60's flower power feel to it. I loved it.

A lovey pair of split screen single cab pick ups
parked together on Maderia Drive. These two
look similar at first glance but are so different
when you look closely.

This 1963 split screen has the high top body
and I just love these. You don't see too many
of these around, but I think they are gorgeous.
This one looks as though it may have had a new
front clip at some point, that has now gone rusty.

As I mentioned earlier, the variety of vehicles
was incredible. Here is a row of split screen
buses parked up, but do you choose lowered
 or standard height? painted or the RAT look?
an early model or a later model? so many
decisions... the amazing thing is, they are
all equally as nice in their own right.

This 1971 bay was so nice. With it's single
colour paint, slightly lowered stance and with
a Paris sun roof and finished off with the
deluxe body and bumper trim, this bus looks
just about perfect.

More variety at the Breeze, these three RAT
looking buses looked great all parked up next
to each other. A blue and white early split screen
in the foreground, with another high top splitty
behind it and what looks like an LT35 with a
high top at the back.

This pastel blue early Bug looked awesome, I
think it must have been riding on air suspension
to be this low when parked up, either that or
the owner is very brave.

This lovely dark blue over pastel blue split
screen van was gorgeous. I do like sign written
buses and this 'surf shop' bus even had surf
boards on the full length roof rack. I do like those
custom mirrors and the chrome bumpers which
both suit the bus perfectly.

A lovely split oval Beetle in what looks like
Neptune blue (although I could be wrong). This
early Bug was gorgeous and so straight, just look
at that reflection in the door and rear quarter
panel. The headlight mesh with the chrome
blade bumpers add the necessary bling, as
does the pillar mounted spot light.

Such a lovely looking car. The red striped tyres
are unusual but suit the overall look perfectly.
This super straight Bug had custom made
exhausts that were BIG. I didn't get to see what
motor this Beetle was running so maybe those
exhausts were necessary..?

I do like to see ex-emergency service buses,
I'm not sure if this early split screen is actually
an ex-services bus but it did look good in it's
Fire bus livery. The Fire signage on the doors
is a nice touch.

A lovely 1968 type 3 squareback finished off in
a coat of lovely gloss black paint. This type 3
was was super straight and had been lowered.
The black paint is only broken up by the chrome
trim, headlight surrounds, bumpers etc.

This Beetle caught my eye,with it's simplicity
look. A modern colour green paint scheme,
lowered slightly and running on chromed
wheels is sometimes all you need to make
your car stand out. This Bug was really nice.

The 1964 split screen panel van was stunning,
that colour green was fantastic in the daylight
and my photo does not do this van any justice.
The twin yellow spot lights on the bumper are
in stark contrast with the body colour, but it
actually works so well.

This 1967 deluxe split screen looked great with
it's turret pop top. That colour suits this 'old'
looking bus so well. It just goes to show you
don't always need flashy paint or over the top
wheels to create a really nice looking bus.

Talking of nice looking buses, how about this
early split. I just love the colour combination
on this bus and the colour matching wheels,
this bus blends into the beach perfectly. Once
again it's nothing fancy, just a gorgeous looking

This 1967 split screen was another bus that I
just loved the look of. The single colour body
with colour matched wheels looked just right.
The turret pop top is another feature that for
me, made this bus stand out from the others.

This white over bright red 'Jet Rocket' late split
screen panel van stood out. A nice touch is
the white under the wheel arches to match the
white painted wheels and bumpers.

This early spit screen panel van was one of the
many European visitors to the Breeze, probably
from Belgium or France. This van had lovely a
straight body in signal red with black gloss painted
bumpers and running on Porsche wheels.

A selection of Beetle's parked up on Maderia
Drive. All ages, all styles and all colours to suit
every ones taste. I recognise that RAT looking
Bug at the far end, he joined our queue as we
waited to get onto the seafront at Brighton.

A 1968 Beetle parked up and looking great. A
single cream colour, a super straight body with
a nice set of BRM wheels is all you need to get
noticed amongst the hundreds of other Bugs at
the Brighton Breeze.

How low does the early Karmann Ghia sit?
Judging by the tail lights this looks like a 1960
- 1969 model (although I could be wrong).
With a narrowed front beam, single colour
paint and sitting so low this KG really drew
some attention from the crowds on the seafront.

Remember in part one, I bumped into the guy's
from Oxdubz VW Club when I couldn't get onto
Maderia Drive, well here is a close up of their
vehicles. Nathan's 1970 early bay in slight RAT
guise and Anthony's T3 fast-back also looking
a bit RAT. Both these vehicles are very cool
looking VW's.

If you like your ride with a bit more show 'n go
how about this mid '60's Beetle. This Bug had
a super straight body finished in a lovely coat
of chocolate brown paint and sat so low on
those custom wheels. The Paris sun roof was
a nice touch as were the early Beetle tail lights.

This really is a gorgeous looking car that has
it's roots in the 1960's but has been brought
right up to date. On the deck lid there is a
air scoop, and peering into the engine bay it
looked like a Subaru engine nestled in the back
of this Bug to provide plenty of performance.

A close up of those amazing wheels on this
trick Beetle.

This 1963 split screen panel van was totally
immaculate. I do like panel van's and this one
really was something special. A super straight
body finished off in a single colour with twin
yellow spot lights, this just looks absolutely

Bay windows parked alongside split screens.
Parking at the Breeze is on a 'first come' basis
which is good because it mixes all the vehicles
up together. That's better than having special
designated parking for each category. ( I had
to wait ages to get this photo, with no people
in front of the buses.!)

As you walk along Maderia Drive looking at
all the Volkswagen's on show, you see a vehicle
and think it doesn't get better than that, then
a few paces later you see another VW that is
better than the last. This late bay was so nice.
Sitting so low with a narrowed front beam and
a slightly RAT looking paint scheme with some
faded sign writing on the doors. That will do me.

The S.S.V.C. organised the Breeze and split
screen owners from all over the U.K and even
Europe attended the event. So many split
screens came along, but each one was so
different in appearance.

This early split screen appealed to me with it's
old looking colour paint scheme, and with the
deluxe trim. The colour coded bumpers was a
nice touch as were the twin spot lights and twin
roof racks.

What was I saying about walking a few paces
and seeing something else, this early bay panel
van was beautiful. Lowered with a narrowed
beam, and with a single off white colour scheme
this van looked awesome.

This sign written early split screen panel van
grabbed my attention straight away. I did like
the patina paint on this bus, I also liked the
safari screen front windows and the cyclopes
light on the roof. The custom mirrors were a
nice touch and add to the overall look of this
very cool looking bus.

This late split screen had buckets full of patina
paint. This weather beaten bus looked so cool
parked up amongst other shiny painted buses.

Both split screens, one an early model and the
other a late model. One painted and one with
patina, but both absolutely gorgeous.

This 1967 Beetle looked gorgeous in its dark
plum and black colour. The quality paint finish
gives off a near perfect reflection. The stance
of this Bug, with it's nose in the weeds looks

This really is a nice looking car, the amazing
paint finish enhances the overall look, as does
the bright chrome blade bumpers.

This 1971 mango coloured Beetle was super
clean and super straight. The colour choice
suits the Bug perfectly, as do the early front
wings and the towel rail bumper. I did like those
chrome wheels with the chrome hub caps.

It's all about the detailing, and this Bug had a
neat chequered design on the inside of the

I think this is a 1967 Beetle in what looks like
a Dove blue colour (although I could be wrong
on both counts) but what I am sure of is, this
is one lovely looking car. I love the angle of
this photo showing the front wheel from head
on which show how far the domed chrome hub
cap sticks out.

Wheel and tyre choice either make or break
an overall look of a car, and this Bug has got
it absolutely right. Painted steels with tyres that
fill the wheel arches make this Bug stand out.

So that was part 2 of my blog review about
the Brighton Breeze 2014. The 3rd and final
blog review will be posted in about a weeks