Saturday, 18 November 2017

Endless Summer VW Show 2017 (part 2 of 4)

This weeks blog review is part 2 about the 'Endless Summer' VW Show that was held on Sunday 13th August at The War Memorial Park in Basingstoke, Hampshire. The location of the show was only about 54 miles from my hometown, so as it wasn't too far and as the forecast was good I decided to jump in the bus and go and check out this great little show show. The show which was billed as " a great one day family VW event in Hampshire" and was organised by Allan Shepherd who has been part of the VW scene for over 15 years. Allan decided the show could raise money for 2 local charities: Naomi House & Jacks Place and this year they raised a huge £3491.33. Entry to this show was a modest £5.00 ($8 approx) and the money went to the named charities. The location was ideal with easy access and plenty of well kept grass in the memorial park to park all the VW's on. There were numerous clean portable toilets to use, and enough traders selling everything to suit everyone. The shows Marshal's were numerous and unlike some shows I have attended, actually knew what they were doing and when to do it, which made a nice change! and it also helped the shows to run smoothly.
To see all my other blog entries, go to ‘My Blog Archive’ to the left of this page. Simply click on an arrow for a particular year, then click on an arrow for a particular month, this will then give you a drop down menu for all the blog entries for that month.


Whether you like your split screen, (or any other
Volkswagen come to think about it)
 standard
looking and riding at stock height, or slammed
with the RAT look, you'll be sure to find it at this
great one day show.

The slammed RAT look 15 window bus caught
my eye as it looked pretty cool. It looks like it
has a narrowed front beam as the front wheels
are tucked right under the cab.

The interior was also stock looking with a hint
of the RAT look about it.

The faded paint was probably the original paint
and was showing just the right amount of patina.
You can see just how low this old bus really was
and how narrow that front beam was from this 

photo.

The interior was pretty bare, which meant you
could see how solid the body panels really were

even if they did have a light coat of surface rust.

On the other end of the looks scale was this
stunning green over white (or maybe it was a very
light green?) split screen. This bus was totally
immaculate.

The paint was flawless and in this photo the
bottom colour looks like it has a green hint.. This
really was a lovely bus.

On the tailgate this old bus had some super cool
pinstriping in dark green to match the top half of
the body. 

Inside the bus it still had the original interior with
re-upholstered side cards and cushions.

This lovely white over deep red 1966 type 1 is
an American import (like my microbus) and
when it left the factory in Hanover it had a
Westfalia camper conversion. The bus has been
named 'ruby' for obvious reasons.!

Ruby was in good company at the show with
plenty of other type 1 split screens on display.

Inside Ruby, the Westfalia SO42 interior has
been restored to a very high standard.

Regular readers will know that I like panel vans,
and this early sign written split screen ticked all
the right boxes. The colour, the patina on the roof,
the sign written sides 
and the general look made 
this old panel van stand out.

This gorgeous 1967 split was lovely. I did like the
yellow head light lenses that contrasted the off
white body colour. The standard wheels and the
twin roof racks added to the overall look.

The interior was just as nice as the outside. I'm
not sure what conversion this is, but it looked to
be complete and in amazing condition. The sun
canopy looked fantastic.

Another white '67 split screen with yellow head
light lenses, but that is where the similarity stops.
This cool RAT look bus has been seriously hit
with the lowering stick. The narrowed front beam
added to the low look. The huge full length roof
rack with the side ladder looked great and must 

come in handy.

You can see just how low this RAT look '67 really
is from this photo. You can also see the patina
that was all over this cool bus.

There were numerous catering vendors at the
show to cater for most tastes including this cool
late bay panel van that was converted into a 

mobile bar serving ice cold beer!.

Talking of bay window buses, there were several
rows of 'bays' of all descriptions and years.

This photo shows the diversity of Volkswagens
at the Endless Summer show. The reflection in
the yellow late bay give a perfect reflection of
back of the split screen.

This lovely 1971 Dormobile was stunning. The
blue and white colour scheme suited the look 
of this bus perfectly. The matching white Empi
5 spoke wheels matched the canvas of the pop
top, and bumpers perfectly.

This lovely 1971 Adventurewagon late bay was 
parked up behind me, so I just had to get some 
photos. I do like these high top buses, that have 
so much more room than the tin top.

You can see just how much more room you have
in a high top compared to my tin top. A few years
ago these high top buses were not very popular
but they are becoming sought after now, personally
I love them especially when they are this clean.

The Endless Summer show is a very relaxed one
day show, and if the sun shines it's perfect for
just chilling out with your friends.

I spotted this lovely light blue and white late bay
enter the show towing this fantastic looking highly
polished trailer. It reminded me of an old U.S.
Airstream trailer so I just had to go and have a look.

The interior was amazing and finished to a very
high standard that looked so comfortable.

You can see the size of this compact yet very
stylish trailer. It is made by a U.K. company
called 'Rocket Caravans.com'

The weather was glorious, the venue was perfect
and the hundreds upon hundreds of Volkswagens
that attended this show were amazing.

This 1969 early bay finished in what looks like
Kansas beige (?) looked like a nice straight and
solid bus. The narrowed front beam looked cool
as did the full length roof rack.

The variety and quality of the vehicles that came
to this show was amazing. There really is some-
thing for everyone at this great show.

This red 1970, possibly a Westy, looked great
riding at what looks like stock height. This bus
looked to be pretty much original and very solid.

This stunning Sage green (I think) and white
late bay was immaculate. The perfectly straight
body was covered in a flawless coat of paint
as the reflections show.

This lovely bay was riding at stock height which
is becoming popular now. This bus really was
so clean and almost like new.

This '67 Savanna beige early bay looked nice.
The slightly lowered stance with those cool 

Cosmic wheels helped this old bus stand out.

You can see just how clean and straight this old
'67 really was from this photo. 


So that was part 2 of 4 reviews about the Endless
Summer VW show. Next week will be part 3 where
you can see plenty more bugs and buses and a
few Karmann Ghia's, a few beach buggies and
even a type 3 Notchback so be sure to come back
next Saturday.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Endless Summer VW Show 2017 (part 1 of 4)

This weeks blog review is about the 'Endless Summer' VW Show that was held on Sunday 13th August at The War Memorial Park in Basingstoke, Hampshire. The location of the show was only about 54 miles from my hometown, so as it wasn't too far and as the forecast was good I decided to jump in the bus and go and check out this great little show show. The show which was billed as " a great one day family VW event in Hampshire" and was organised by Allan Shepherd who has been part of the VW scene for over 15 years. Allan decided the show could raise money for 2 local charities: Naomi House & Jacks Place and this year they raised a huge £3491.33 Entry to this show was a modest £5.00 ($8 approx) and the money went to the named charities. The location was ideal with easy access and plenty of well kept grass in the park to park all the VW's on. There were numerous clean portable toilets to use, and enough traders selling everything to suit everyone. The shows Marshal's were numerous and unlike some shows I have attended, actually knew what they were doing and when to do it, which made a nice change! and it also helped the shows to run smoothly.
To see all my other blog entries, go to ‘My Blog Archive’ to the left of this page. Simply click on an arrow for a particular year, then click on an arrow for a particular month, this will then give you a drop down menu for all the blog entries for that month.


My 1969 VW Microbus parked up at the Endless
Summer VW show. Compared to a lot of VW
shows this is quite small by comparison, but the
quality is equal to that of any of the big shows.

A better look at my old bus, I was just making a
cup of tea so while the kettle was boiling I took
the opportunity to take this photo.

The rows of vehicles were spaced far enough
apart to allow plenty of room, which makes a
nice change. 

Just a few of the bay window buses at this years
show. There were makes and models from
numerous years which made for a good display.

The same goes for all the beetle's that attended
this great one day show, the variety and quality
was amazing.

Once I had had my tea, I decided to start at one
end and make my way down to the other end,
taking photos as I did so. I started at the Beetle
line up. The venue is fantastic with plenty of

room for all the vehicles.

As I mentioned earlier this show isn't the biggest
on the VW show calendar (although it's getting
bigger year by year) but the quality of vehicles
that attend this show is second to none as you
can see from the beetle line up.

This really was a lovely looking slammed bug.
The narrowed front beam, Fuchs style wheels, with
the Koch style horn grilles and the super straight
body all helped to make this '67 stand out. Just
check out that reflection in the door / rear quarter
panel. (if you click on the photo it will enlarge it)

The '67 had some subtle pinstriping on the front
wings. It's subtle details like this that help to make

a vehicle stand out.

Talking of good reflections, look at the reflection
in the door of the beige oval window beetle. The
two cars must have been 20 feet apart and the
reflection is like a mirror.

A better look at this gorgeous oval window. It
looked to be pretty much stock, which is how, in
my humble opinion any oval should be.

This was another immaculate car that looked
great in the summer sunshine.

From a stock looking oval window bug to a
custom looking one. This bug looked great from
the front with those yellow head light lenses and
the nerf bars.

This bug had been lowered and had those highly
polished centreline style wheels that suited the
car perfectly.

The bigger rear wheels / tyres filled the arches
nicely. The big exhaust and the propped open
engine lid indicated this old bug may have a
larger than standard engine?.

Another oval window beetle of both similar age
and colour as the one above. This one had a
narrowed front beam which tucked the front
wheels right under the front wings. This bug had
also been seriously lowered as I'm guessing was
riding on some sort of air ride suspension.

This really was a super clean bug that was totally
immaculate. They way those rear tyres fill the
arches looked great.

The engine bay was as you would expect also
immaculate. This just goes to show you don't
always need lots of chrome bolt on bits to make
an engine look good.

Although the windows were closed which caused
problems with the reflection, I just had to try to get
a photo of the totally stock interior. I did like the
small tray clipped onto the steering wheel.

The bug line up seemed to go on and on... and
yet every car was different from the last which
made for a fantastic display.

This RAT look 1973 bug looked cool in it's two
tone rusty paint. The stock front and banded
rear wheels looked good.

This old RAT had been lowered and those huge
banded rear wheels looked great from this angle.

The banded steel wheels and the lowered stance
doesn't leave much clearance on the rear tyres.

This gorgeous light blue early sixties bug looked
fantastic. This was another immaculate car that
was so straight. I did like the highly polished
centreline style wheels which give the car a race
look.

You can see just how clean and straight this old
bug really was from this photo. Even the underside
of the engine lid had been painted and gave off
a fantastic reflection.

This slammed 1967 looked cool with its narrowed
front beam and the chrome wheels with domed
hubcaps.The chrome headlight peaks and the
chrome nerf bars helped to the coolness of this
old bug. The 'Jack Daniels' logo'd doors add to
the cars cool appearance.

The shiny hub cap of the Jack Daniels bug gave
off a lovely reflection.

You can see just ow slammed this old '67 really is
from this photo. I did like those banded chrome
wheels.

I must have taken this photo by mistake.. but it
has some classic bugs in it so I've included it.!

This 1969 deep burgundy beetle was really nice,
It had red wing piping and matching flame outline
design across the front end.

A better look at the flame outline on the bonnet.
I'm not sure if this was a decal or painted but it
looked pretty cool whatever it was.

The old '69 really was clean and straight as you
can see from the reflection in the door and quarter
panel.

A neat touch was the drilled door handles, as I
said earlier it's all about the small details that can
make a car stand out.

Moving onto the buses, the split screens were
there in force and again the quality was very high.

A lovely interior on this blue and white split screen.
I'm not sure what interior this is, but I did like it.

One detail that caught my eye was this old but
cool looking gas heater. I'm not sure how effective
these are, or how safe but it did look cool.

This stock (ish) looking white over green 1967
splitty looked gorgeous. The twin yellow spotlights
on the bumper were the only addition that I could 
see.

This sixties dark green split screen looked great
with it's sign written body. 

The interior of the 'Junction Tavern' split screen
looked just as nice as the outside.

A better look at this gorgeous panel van. I did
like the white painted wheels with the green hub
caps. Just look at the almost perfect reflection
down the side of this lovely panel van.

This coral red and white 1963 split screen bus
looked cool with it's narrowed front beam and
lowered stance. I did like the small awning that
fixes over the doors.

So that was the first of 4 reviews all about the
Endless Summer VW show. Next week will be
the second instalment where you can see more
bugs, splits and bays and not to mention a few
buggies and some Karmann Ghia's so be sure
to come back next Saturday.